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''With humor and insight, the authors deftly volley commentary and observation across the generation gap.'' --Publishers Weekly

''An examination that escapes the dangers of overgeneralization to provide provocative information presented compellingly.'' --Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

ROBIN MARANTZ HENIG is an acclaimed science journalist, the author of eight books, and a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine. In 2010 she received a lifetime achievement award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors, as well as a Guggenheim Foundation grant.

SAMANTHA HENIG is the online news editor of the New York Times Magazine.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1007 KB
  • Print Length: 301 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00XWLP7RK
  • Publisher: Plume; Reprint edition (November 8, 2012)
  • Publication Date: November 8, 2012
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007T99KGK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #721,031 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I'm a long-time science journalist and a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine. In addition to my most recent book -- Twentysomething: Why Do Young Adults Seem Stuck?, co-authored with my daughter Samantha Henig -- I've written eight others, as well as articles about health and medicine for The New York Times Magazine, Civilization, Discover, Scientific American, Newsweek, Slate, and just about every woman's magazine in the grocery store. I'm vice president of the National Association of Science Writers, doyenne of a terrific writers salon that meets periodically in my living room, and in 2010 I received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors as well as a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship.

I went to Cornell, where I met my husband Jeff, a political scientist who teaches at Columbia University's Teachers College. Jeff and I raised our daughters, Samantha and her older sister Jess, in Takoma Park, Maryland, while Jeff was teaching at George Washington University. Now we're empty nesters in Manhattan, and spend our free time going to movies and museums, walking in Central Park, and reading for our co-ed book club.

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Format: Hardcover
At first glance of the book jacket--the authors are a mother (who happens to be an eminent science writer) and daughter--I thought this book might be targeted at twenty-something women. (I'm a young man.) But as I started flipping through, I found that not to be the case at all. In fact, I think I might have appreciated the sections written by Sam (the daughter) all the more because I have precious few female friends who I want to have a conversation with regarding many of the topics in this book. That brings me to my overall feeling about the book: It's like a compilation of really frank conversations that I want to have at this stage in my life, but as if the conversations are with a friend who is wildly more informed than any friend I could actually have. (The authors surveyed twenty-somethings, and include their input throughout as well, so there's an engaging roundtable--or happy hour?--feel to many topics.) Obviously, I felt like certain topics were more relevant to my present day life than others, but the book is conducive to reference-style jumping into whatever subject you happen to be interested in at the moment. My only qualm is with the Chap. 6 opening discussing the twenties: "You'll never again be as sexy, as clever, as beautiful." Needless to say, that's one point in the book that doesn't apply to me, and I'm sure doesn't apply to you either.

I can't speak from a parent's perspective, but a person in my age range (yeah, ok, so I'm barely out of twenty-something) is undoubtedly going to find worthwhile topics in here, all addressed in a supremely welcoming and engaging manner.
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As a 20-something, I wondered how much I could possibly learn from this book. I misjudged. Twentysomething gives context to the big life worries that keep me up at night. Am I far enough along in my personal life? In my career? How come in many ways I seem behind my parents, but in others I feel ahead? Reading this book, I found myself not worrying, but thinking -- and feeling more optimistic, too.

PSA to other 20-somethings: This is a holiday present for worried Baby Boomer parents that will give right back to you, too. Not only will they lighten up a bit; they'll also have something substantive to say, and maybe remember that their own youths were not so simple, either.
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Format: Hardcover
As a Baby Boomer, have you ever asked yourself this question about your youth, "What WAS I thinking?" The authors have done Baby Boomers a wonderful service by compiling mountains of research about the social and psychological history of our generation. I found myself reading this book and having eureka moments every few pages. Putting my behavior in context helped me understand my life in ways I never have before.

Yes, reading the sections about today's young adults gave me insights into the world of my twenty-something daughter. However, because the book compares and contrasts my daughter's world with the world of my own youth, I gained a much richer understanding.

While the title of the book focuses on understanding twenty somethings, this book also provides Baby Boomers, whether or not they are parents, a way to make sense of their own lives.
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Format: Hardcover
While the synthesis of a plenitude of scientific studies on emerging adulthood make this book insightful and information packed, the memoir passages provided by Samantha give make it warm and relatable. The structure of alternating first person passages with analysis of research findings is inspired and fun to read.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Let’s begin with an apology.

Because while I, like any intelligent marketer, am intrigued by the psychology of those consumers who outnumber baby boomers, who will live decades longer than them, but who right now don’t have as much cash as them, I was daunted by some of the things that the authors laid out in the introduction to this book.

Not about twentysomethings; about themselves.

First, “Twentysomething” grew out of a successful piece in The New York Times Magazine that Ms. Marantz Henig wrote called “What is it about Twentysomethings”. The problem? It has been my experience that book contracts executed by publishers in desperate attempts to capitalize on a popular magazine piece, often result in heavily padded, maddeningly redundant and generally overinflated books. In other words, regurgitated magazine pieces that have been stretched out to book length.

Next I was concerned because, frankly, I had not read the piece in the Times magazine, so I didn’t have the benefit of not being scared off by the title, a title that appeared to prelude a screed in which a Baby Boomer author does her best Professor Higgins impression and wonders, for two hundred and fifty some odd pages, “why can’t a millennial be more like a boomer?”

But lastly, I was fairly confident that the book was going to be a disaster when the authors explained that they were, in fact, mother and daughter, one a boomer, one a millennial, both journalists, who attended the same college, and who both worked, in some form, for the same company. Oh boy, I thought, a magazine article about how stupid millennials are, padded out by the piggybacking of the author’s daughter.

But “TwentySomething” is none of that. “Twentysomething” is actually quite brilliant.
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