Lost In Place by Mark Salzman
Growing Up Absurd in Suburbia

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From the author of Iron & Silk comes a charming and frequently uproarious account of an American adolescence in the age of Bruce Lee, Ozzy Osborne, and Kung Fu. As Salzman recalls coming of age with one foot in Connecticut and the other in China (he wanted to become a wandering Zen monk), he tells the story of a teenager trying to attain enlightenment before he's learned to drive.

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About Mark Salzman

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Mark Salzman (b. 1959) is an award-winning novelist and memoirist. The son of a social worker and a music teacher, Salzman grew up in Connecticut and studied Chinese language and philosophy at Yale University. After college, he spent two years in China, learning martial arts from some of China's most renowned teachers, an experience he documented in his bestselling memoir Iron & Silk. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, director Jessica Yu, and their two daughters.
Published December 14, 2011 by Vintage. 288 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction, Travel. Non-fiction

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But in the second half both the humor and the insights trail off a little: After a particularly psychotic demonstration by Sensei O'Keefe, Salzman quit kung fu, which ended his friendship with Michael.

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Salzman's memoir of his Connecticut childhood tells of his early adolescent devotion to Zen and Kung Fu.

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Mark Salzman is a superb novelist (The Soloist) whose imagination far outstrips his real life, so this pretty-good angst-filled autobiography of a not very anxious Connecticut adolescence does little justice to his enormous talent.

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A precocious kid, Salzman was preoccupied with finding the path to Enlightenment, which in his case took turns through martial arts, classical music and, eventually, Yale University.

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