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Ryan Bingham's job as a Career Transition Counselor — he fires people — has kept him airborne for years. Although he has come to despise his line of work, he has come to love the culture of what he calls "Airworld," finding contentment within pressurized cabins, anonymous hotel rooms, and a wardrobe of wrinkle-free slacks. With a letter of resignation sitting on his boss's desk, and the hope of a job with a mysterious consulting firm, Ryan Bingham is agonizingly close to his ultimate goal, his Holy Grail: one million frequent flier miles. But before he achieves this long-desired freedom, conditions begin to deteriorate.

With perception, wit, and wisdom, Up in the Air combines brilliant social observation with an acute sense of the psychic costs of our rootless existence, and confirms Walter Kirn as one of the most savvy chroniclers of American life.

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"[A] hilarious, often ingenious ode to America....Whip smart yet entertaining enough to rival anything from John Grisham." Julia Dahl, Time Out New York

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"Kirn's style is as bright and metallic as the shiny skin of a jet airplane. But his underlying point is refreshingly down to earth." Chicago Tribune

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"Kirn is such a sharp writer he gives your brain paper cuts. Never have I so happily bled to death." Christopher Buckley, The New York Times Review of Books

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"Kirn has a gift for exploiting telling details about our consumption-mad culture....Harrowing reading, but worth the turbulence." Library Journal

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"Kirn's prose is splendid, his observations droll and intelligent." Kirkus Reviews

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"[A] marvelously entertaining and keenly satiric novel." Booklist

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Walter Kirn is the regular book reviewer for New York magazine and a contributing editor to Time. He is the author of three previous works of fiction, My Hard Bargain, She Needed Me, and Thumbsucker. A graduate of Princeton University and the University of Oxford, he lives in Livingston, Montana.

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wherethehehellistaylor, September 1, 2011 (view all comments by wherethehehellistaylor)
I really enjoyed the book, but I would go as far to say that this is one of the few books where the movie is better than the book!
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9780385722377
Author:
Kirn, Walter
Publisher:
Anchor Books
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General
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Literary
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Air travel
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Business consultants
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Psychological fiction
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Literature-A to Z
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Trade paper
Publication Date:
20020931
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TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
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7.98x5.30x.71 in. .51 lbs.

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Product details 320 pages Anchor Books - English 9780385722377 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[A] hilarious, often ingenious ode to America....Whip smart yet entertaining enough to rival anything from John Grisham."
"Review" by , "Kirn's style is as bright and metallic as the shiny skin of a jet airplane. But his underlying point is refreshingly down to earth."
"Review" by , "Kirn is such a sharp writer he gives your brain paper cuts. Never have I so happily bled to death."
"Review" by , "Kirn has a gift for exploiting telling details about our consumption-mad culture....Harrowing reading, but worth the turbulence."
"Review" by , "Kirn's prose is splendid, his observations droll and intelligent."
"Review" by , "[A] marvelously entertaining and keenly satiric novel."
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