Zeitoun Essay Torrent

“In her new book, Aisha Tyler embarrasses and humiliates herself for 231 pages—to our extreme reading pleasure.” (Entertainment Weekly)

“Tyler’s work is refreshing not just for its unabashed candor, but also for its humorous insights into the human capacity for screwing up and bouncing back. Things ‘will go wrong…mind-blowingly wrong.’ But under no circumstances should it stop someone from pursuing their dreams. Smart, sassy and surprisingly wise.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Aisha Tyler is one of the smartest, funniest women I’ve had the good fortune of meeting. She makes me laugh every time I see her—and this is coming from the guy who thinks women aren’t funny.” (Adam Carolla, comedian, host of The Adam Carolla Show, and New York Times bestselling author of In Fifty Years We'll All Be Chicks)

“A beautifully tortured and sick-with-self-consciousness manifesto of regret. I’m equal parts proud and embarrassed for Aisha Tyler, which doesn’t get in the way of my loving her, as you will when you read Self-Inflicted Wounds.” (Margaret Cho, comedian, actress, and nationally bestselling author of I'm the One That I Want)

“Self-inflicted wounds are the nastiest, most painful, and most likely to fester. Also the funniest. Aisha brings back every awful, suicidally stupid, shameful, and all-too-familiar episode of a life well lived. Reading this book made me feel a lot better about myself. Prepare to be horrified—and entertained.” (Anthony Bourdain, chef, host of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, and New York Times bestselling author of Kitchen Confidential)

“One of the most kick-ass women I know, Aisha Tyler hilariously rips herself open and shows you her guts. On the schadenfreude scale, Self-Inflicted Wounds is a ten.” (Felicia Day, actress, writer, and producer of The Guild)

“Good God. The Amazon can write. And write well. We are doomed.” (Patton Oswalt, comedian, actor, and New York Times bestselling author of Zombie Spaceship Wasteland)

“For once, Patton is correct. Aisha Tyler is one funny son of a bitch.” (Dave Eggers, Pulitzer Prize-nominated author of New York Times #1 bestseller A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, What Is the What, Zeitoun, and A Hologram for the King and founder of McSweeney's)

“The first time I met Aisha I felt we could have been sisters. Tall, beautiful, African-American, comedienne…after reading Self-Inflicted Wounds I found we had more in common: setting the house on fire, peeing ourselves in public, and an endless list of people we’ve offended in some way.” (Sharon Osbourne, author, rock manager, and cohost of The Talk)

“If you’re the type of sicko who enjoys a hilariously talented person debasing herself for your amusement, then Self-Inflicted Wounds is the book for you.” (Andy Richter, comedian, actor, writer, announcer and man-Friday on Conan)

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Essay Topic 1

How did Zeitoun's relationship with Kathy change over the course of the plot? What caused these changes, and what significance does this have to the outcome of the book?

Essay Topic 2

Betrayal was a theme introduced at the very beginning of this book. How does this constant stream of betrayal affect the outcome of the plot, and which characters were most affected by it?

Essay Topic 3

Discrimination was a theme of this book that was very important to many of the characters involved. Where did this theme of discrimination present itself, and how did these occurrences affect the characters involved in those scenes?

Essay Topic 4

"Zeitoun" takes place in a few different settings. Describe some of these settings and how they affected the course of the plot. Why might Eggers have chosen these particular places for this plot to take place?

Essay Topic 5

Despair was a...

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