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Mission: Adulthood: How the 20-Somethings of Today Are Transforming Work, Love, and Life [Kindle Edition]

Hannah Seligson
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Book Description

Gen Y has been picked apart by analysts, statistics, and trend reports, which often portray 20-somethings in negative, one-dimensional terms like "entitled" and "whiners". In this thought-provoking new book that aims to dispel these stereotypes, journalist and contributor to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Forbes, Hannah Seligson chronicles the lives of seven individuals who embody this generation, exploring their challenges and ambitions in vivid detail and sketching a picture, through their eyes, of what life is actually like for young adults. Through these first-hand stories, readers will discover the transformational effect this enterprising, open-minded, innovative, and diverse generation is having on society. 

“Zeitgeist reporter Hannah Seligson details this new path to adulthood in a book that promises to be illuminating, surprising, and provocative—both for Gen Y readers themselves and for people who want to understand this charming yet sometimes infuriating, generation. I need this book. What is “nexting” and “jacked”?
—Gretchen Rubin, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Happiness Project and Happier at Home

Hannah Seligson is a journalist who contributes regularly to The New York Times, where she writes about Gen Y, the workplace, and innovation. She also publishes in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes Asia, and other periodicals, and is the author of New Girl on the Job: A Career Guide for Young Women (2007) and A Little Bit Married (2010), which spotlights the long-term unmarried relationship. A graduate of Brown University, Hannah has been featured in news outlets such as The Today Show, Fox News, USA Today, and Glamour. Learn more at

Product Details

  • File Size: 471 KB
  • Print Length: 215 pages
  • Publisher: Diversion Books (January 15, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AD6APJ2
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #886,645 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing glimpse from a better perspective December 4, 2012
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As Ms. Seligson notes, most of the stories written about those in early adulthood are written by those that are far removed from not only the culture, but also the experience of coming of age in these years. Her in depth report profiles several very interesting young people and then allows the reader to make their own judgement. Sure her selections are well-cast and there is no way to write the profiles without highlighting certain qualities, it is refreshing to see the younger generation explained from the inside. This generation has a lot to offer that previous ones did not and the recession has hit them the hardest, but left them fighting to make a difference in the world and their own lives, and it is touching to see the character of Millennial so beautifully explained. I would recommend this book for the younger generation, but even moreso for the previous generations looking to harness and wield the powerful population base that is available and looking for jobs. It is a quick read, but the depth comes from the several different perspectives providing a fuller picture, which is a nice way to keep from generalizing. Highly recommended!
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More About the Author

Hannah Seligson is a regular contributor to The New York Times Sunday Business Section, where she writes about Gen. Y, the workplace, and innovation, among other topics. Her work has also appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and

Hannah first book, New Girl on the Job: Advice from the Trenches, a career guide for young women, was called "a must-read for every woman entering the work world" by the Houston Business Journal and the Washington Post said that it "covers the key things any young women needs to know to thrive at those first couple of jobs."

In 2010, De Capo Press published Hannah's second book, A Little Bit Married: How to Know When it's Time to Walk Down the Aisle or out the Door, about the long-term unmarried relationship. The book was optioned for a television series by CBS.

Hannah's professional speaking includes conference and seminar presentations at universities, business associations and corporations. Recent speaking engagements have included Harvard Business School, Viva, Beijing Professional Women's Network, and the Culinary Institute of America.

She has been featured in news outlets such as The Today Show, Fox News, USA Today, and Glamour.
Hannah serves as a mentor-editor at the Op-Ed Project. She graduated with a B.A. from Brown University in 2004.

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