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Twentysomething: Why Do Young Adults Seem Stuck? [Kindle Edition]

Samantha Henig , Robin Marantz Henig
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Book Description

A mother-daughter writing team reports on what's really up with kids today

Science writer Robin Marantz Henig and her daughter, journalist Samantha Henig, offer a smart, comprehensive look at what it's really like to be twentysomething—and to what extent it’s different for Millennials than it was for their Baby Boomer parents. The Henigs combine the behavioral science literature for insights into how young people make choices about schooling, career, marriage, and childbearing; how they relate to parents, friends, and lovers; and how technology both speeds everything up
and slows everything down. Packed with often-surprising discoveries, Twentysomething is a two-generation conversation that will become the definitive book on being young in our time.

"The fullest guide through this territory . . . A densely researched report on the state of middleclass young people today, drawn from several data sources and fi­ltered through a comparative lens."
—­The New Yorker

Editorial Reviews


''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: 598 KB
  • Print Length: 301 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; Reprint edition (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: #566,810 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Conversation with (very knowledgeable) friends November 13, 2012
By Kundera
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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Love the combo of memoir and science November 18, 2012
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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5.0 out of 5 stars At last January 13, 2013
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Finally a coherent road map to understanding my kids and a guide to having them understand me. Read it cover to cover and found myself identifying with so much.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for parents January 14, 2013
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Good explanation-no excuse January 2, 2013
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I bought this book for myself to try to understand the wiring in my 21 year old daughters brain. I may have to consult a brain surgeon, but until then I choose this book. I have not finished it yet, however, it does give good insight. It explains what goes on generally and why. I believe it has good explanations, but I find it easy excuses to be lazy and scared of the world. But I like the authors approach and appreciate the research that went into it. I also like the fact that she includes the insite from her own 20 something daughter. It's nice to see the comparison and opinions from both points of view.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Twenty Something: Why Do Young Adults Seem Stuck? August 13, 2013
By Sha
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As the mother of a Millennial college student, I've become concerned for his future when I see his peers who have graduated, apparently not moving on in life. I got this book to see if there are reasons why. While some points made by the author seem plausible, basically after all was said and done, this generation is not very different from ours. What is nice about this book is that both view points are presented by a mother-daughter team - a Baby Boomer & a Millennial. A good read for parents of children of this generation.
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More About the Author

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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