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Slouching Toward Adulthood: Observations from the Not-So-Empty Nest Hardcover – June 14, 2012
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Against the backdrop of an ancient battle between the forces of Light and the forces of Darkness, Aidan struggles to control the newly awakened and enigmatic powers that seem to be his only hope for rescuing Ava, his little sister, trapped somewhere beyond the Veil. Paperback | Kindle book | See more for Teen and Young Adult readers
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“An eye-opener…. Koslow writes wittily about the infantilization of American youth as increasing numbers treat getting a job and moving out as just an option.” —People
“Smart, with plenty of insights and a lively prose style that should keep readers, especially the book's target audience of parents wondering why their grown-up kids are back living in their basements, engaged.” —Booklist
“Koslow casts a keen eye on the 'not-so-empty-nest' phenomenon that besets today's baby boomer parents . . . and provides plenty of food for thought for parents and adultescents who want to understand each other and perhaps change things for the better.” —Publishers Weekly
“This book is hilarious! I burst out laughing on page one, and it just got funnier and funnier. But Slouching Toward Adulthood is also hard-hitting and painfully insightful—I found myself wincing with recognition. Backed by the latest research, Sally Koslow's thought-provoking new book should be required reading for today's parents and young adults.” —Amy Chua, professor of law at Yale University and author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
“Full of research, insight, and hilarious examples of what life is like for the long-suffering parents of 'adultescents,' Slouching Toward Adulthood is one of those invaluable books that identifies and illuminates a new phenomenon in our culture.” —Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project
“Sally Koslow has really hit on something with her incisive Slouching Toward Adulthood. Memorable books that struck a chord about the path of life or the dissonance between parent and child—Gail Sheehy's Passages, Nancy Friday's My Mother/My Self—all had a kind of kitchen-table humanity and an ability to limn the unnamed conflicts of a particular moment. Beneath its jaunty two-drinks-with-your-coolest-friend ebullience, this book, as of its moment as those books were of theirs, has that resonance, too.” —Sheila Weller, author of Girls Like Us
“Let go, Sally Koslow exhorts indulgent parents who lovingly enable their adultescents to postpone the rigors and responsibilities of being a grown-up. Koslow's wit and wisdom wake us up to the hidden costs of hanging on too long to our kids, to our youth, and to the past. A great read!” —Maggie Jackson, author of Distracted
“In her trenchant book on twenty-first-century life with our adult children, Sally Koslow offers us wit, awareness, and, most important, a sense that we are not alone. From the first pages, the reader feels right at home, comforted by Koslow's confessions, research, and wisdom.” —Susan Shapiro Barash, author of You’re Grounded Forever . . . But First Let’s Go Shopping
“Sally Koslow has written a funny, shrewd, and true account of a problem the boomer generation didn't know it had created: the consequences of helicopter parenting. We've pampered our kids so much they don't want to grow up. Who can blame them? Slouching Toward Adulthood is the book that explains why 'the guest bedroom' is a thing of the past.” —James Atlas, author of My Life in the Middle Ages
About the Author
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Sally's second novel, THE LATE, LAMENTED MOLLY MARX, became a besteller in Germany (ICH, MOLLY MARX, KURZLICH VERSTORBEN) as well as a Book Pick by Target, who selected her third novel, WITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE, as an Emerging Writer Book. Her debut novel, LITTLE PINK SLIPS, was inspired by her long career as the editor-in-chief of iconic McCalls Magazine, which was taken over by Rosie O'Donnell. Her books have been published in a dozen countries. Most are available on Kindle as well as in audiobook form.
Sally often writes essays and articles for magazine including More, O, the Oprah Magazine; Real Simple; Ladies Home Journal; Good Housekeeping and Reader's Digest as well as websites including the Huffington Post, Next, and Grandpaents.com. She teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College's Writing Institute, helps to facilitate writing pitch conferences with New York Writers Workshop and works independently to help aspiring writers polish their manuscripts and book proposals.
To arrange a book club visit, inquire about independent writing coaching online or in person, or just to say hello, please contact Sally via her website: www.sallykoslow.com, on Twitter: @sallykoslow or her Facebook Author Page, which she hopes you'll "like."
Top Customer Reviews
Renting a UHaul to help move your kid, say, once a year. If UHauls are not feasible, than hopping on a plane & criss-crossing the country to help your child, likely one with an advanced degree, set up a new apartment. Housing your kids at home. Vacationing in very nice places with your adult children, on your dime. Welcoming non-married boyfriend and girlfriend-in-laws into your family, even including them in the aforementioned vacation. These are all becoming norms.
The biggest surprises from STA are the massive numbers of parents and children experiencing this extended mutual dependence, middle class as well as more affluent, in all regions of the country. And also the cocktail scene. I had no idea about it, and how big a part of 18-35's social life revolves around liquor.
Koslow is endearingly non-judgmental, since she shares these behaviors with the rest of us. Your daughter is traveling around the world working at yoga retreats, after finishing an Ivy League degree? Great! Your son is living at home and you are waiting on him hand and foot? So are a lot of other moms. Your child quit a job he didn't like with out another one lined up? Welcome to the club!
I agree with her conclusions, but will not give them away.Read more ›
A great read for parents and young adults, too.
Culminating a number in depth interviews with both parents and offspring, Koslow interjects her brand of supposed humor to all aspects of this so called phenomenon of 28 being the new 19. In the end, she points out that adulescents are not entirely to blame for their position. It is not as simple as that worn out phrase "you know kids today". A number of crucial variables have resulted in the new normal of a 30 year old still living at home, not planning on leaving anytime soon.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed the book. I need to read that other parents are going through the same challenges that I'm going through, because God knows, none of my age group will ever admit that... Read morePublished 20 months ago by B
It's easy to read, but I was hoping for some concrete suggestions, not just example after example after example of "adultescents" and their un-grown-up-like behavior... Read morePublished on October 7, 2013 by TxCanadaMom
This is in the current style for many books, lots of research of published material, stats, etc., hung on a framework of personal experience. Read morePublished on September 1, 2013 by Dreammoose
Every family seems to have or know one anymore. Do you ever wonder why? I know you wonder when it will end.Published on July 10, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Despite the deceptive subtitle of the book, Ms. Koslow clearly states in her introduction that her work is not a how-to-book but more of a snapshot of today's... Read morePublished on June 21, 2013 by Franklin the Mouse
Insightful, thought provoking book re how to better understand/be a parent using lots of real life example from a national perspective. Read morePublished on May 11, 2013 by Fali
Not a bad read at all. Ms. Koslow knows and has been frustrated by "adultescents" and paints a rather convincing and depressing portrait of them as entitled, proud of it and not... Read morePublished on January 5, 2013 by Lawrenceb56
Everyone had a personal reason to buy this book. Curiosity was mine. I'm not as old as a baby boomer and definitely not as young as a twenty or thirty-something that the author... Read morePublished on December 8, 2012 by Joseph Baran
In her book, Slouching Toward Adulthood, Sally Koslow provides a look at the stories of many baby boomer parents who are experiencing or who have experienced their nests rotating... Read morePublished on November 16, 2012 by Janeen Ringuette