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Before the Mortgage: Real Stories of Brazen Loves, Broken Leases, and the Perplexing Pursuit of Adulthood Paperback – April 1, 2006


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 227 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (April 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416913580
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416913580
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,997,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A road map for the times when you're not going anywhere. If I'd had this book back in the day, my lean and hungry years wouldn't have been so miserable. What am I saying? Of course they would have been miserable. But at least I would've had a good book."
-- Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket, author of A Series of Unfortunate Events

"A great collection about those strange, confusing, slightly uncomfortable, exhilarating days. I laughed and I cringed. It almost made me want a 'chore wheel' again."
-- Beth Lisick, author of Everybody into the Pool

"Unflinching and hilarious, Before the Mortgage is mandatory reading for people of any age who've ever wondered if they are ill-equipped to live an adult life."
-- Laine Bergeson, Utne

"Read this well-done, funny, brutal collection of stories about young adulthood, and you will actually look forward to being a middle-aged suburban sellout."
-- Rodney Rothman, author of Early Bird

About the Author

Friends and collaborators Rachel Hutton and Christina Amini started the zine Before the Mortgage after leaving their first nine-to-five jobs in New York. Christina is an associate editor at Chronicle Books in San Francisco. Rachel, an editor and writer for Minnesota Monthly, lives in Minneapolis.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mary S. Stowell on April 9, 2006
Format: Paperback
I have been a fan of the zine, before the mortgage, and this collection of essays is really lovely. I found the several that I have read to be funny, smart, and touching all at once. Highly recommended
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elspeth A. Stowell on May 26, 2006
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I feel like I've been looking for this book ever since I graduated from college. Finally - short personal essays with true emotional heart and a real appreciation for how absurd life can be. I would recommend this book to everyone, especially recent college grads, though everyone will get get a kick out of it and be moved at the same time.
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What happens when you get a lot of struggling writers to tell you of their life just after college? Drama, tears and lots of laughs.

The toughest challenge faced by most twentysomethings is that period just after college. The process of discovering you really are an adult even though you still feel like a teenager can be as awkward as puberty and even lonlier.

Add to this the fact that for some reason many college grads are absolutely convinced that they are the only ones going through this transition and that everyone else already has a great job, great prospects and a great spouse, or at least a solid relationship. Truth is, nearly everyone goes through at least some time in this purgatory - where this engaging book steps in.

Stories covering everything from first jobs from Hell to cubicle humor to apartment woes let you know that not only are you not alone but your problems may actually be a bit funnier than you thought.

The Editors of this book have done a wonderful job putting this project together and I look forward to more great work from them in the future.
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GREAT READ!

Finally, a book that tells me I'm not alone in the BTM world. The perfect gift for anyone venturing out into "The Real World" who doesn't watch a whole lot of MTV's "The Real World."

-A. Hoffman
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