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Twentysomething: Why Do Young Adults Seem Stuck? Paperback – October 29, 2013
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"The fullest guide through this territory...a densely researched report on the state of middle-class young people today."
–The New Yorker
“Provocative information presented compellingly”
“With humor and insight, the authors deftly volley commentary and observation across the generation gap”
“In this provocative, comprehensive, and often very funny examination of the phenomenon of 'twentysomething,' Robin Marantz Henig and Samantha Henig provide the perspective of two generations on this new stage of life. Anyone who is twentysomething, is related to a twentysomething, or works with a twentysomething, will want to read this book."
—Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project
“Parents will love this fascinating, fact-packed mother-daughter dialogue, and so will their 'emerging adult' sons and daughters. If you think today's young people are another species entirely, you've forgotten way too much about your own early struggles and screwups.”
—Katha Pollitt, author of Learning to Drive: And Other Life Stories
“Losing sleep because you think your grown kids are behaving like the characters in the HBO series, 'Girls'? Twentysomething will calm your nerves. Smart, well-researched, down-to-earth and lively, this mother-daughter collaboration is chock full of important insight into the newest generation coming of age.”
—Jane Isay, author of Walking on Eggshells and Mom Still Likes You Best
“Mixing rigorous empirical evidence, testimony from twentysomethings themselves, and the astute observations of a mother and her twentysomething daughter, this insightful and engaging book shows us that sound bites and slogans are just not up to the task of capturing life as it being lived by young adults. Highly recommended!"
—Barry Schwartz, Ph.D. author of The Paradox of Choice and Practical Wisdom
“If you want to understand young people in the decade after college graduation—their anxiety about work and relationships, intensity of friendships, and feelings of drive and dislocation—this book is the perfect guide. Robin Marantz Henig and Samantha Henig weave the relevant research into an entertaining narrative, and their mother-daughter patter is a pure delight.”
—Emily Bazelon, author of Sticks and Stones: The New Problem of Bullying and How To Solve It
About the Author
Robin Marantz Henig is an author and journalist. She has written eight previous books and is a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine. Her daughter, Samantha Henig, is a journalist in her mid-twenties. She is the web editor of the New York Times Magazine. They live in New York City.
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Hot Toasty Rag, June 4, 2017
The concept behind this book is really cool. Robin Marantz Henig belongs to the baby boomer generation, and her daughter Samantha is a millennial, aka a Twentysomething. Together, they’ve written an interesting, nonjudgmental discussion about “kids these days”.
I am a twentysomething, and my mom is a baby boomer, and we both really enjoyed reading this book. We happen to have a very open stream of communication anyway, but I can imagine those who aren’t as close to their parent or child would get an extra benefit from this book. People who aren’t used to discussing both sides of the argument for or against twentysomethings will be inspired and provoked; I can’t even imagine how many parent/child discussions this book sparked when previously both parties involved believed they had nothing to talk about.
This really is a fantastic book, for millennials and those who have parented millennials. For people in their thirties and forties, probably not so much, unless they happen to be dating someone younger and want to understand that generation better. For parents, Robin takes a gentle tone. She knows firsthand the journey, expectations, and disappointments of raising a twentysomething, and she doesn’t blame the parent for the child’s outcome. For children, Samantha tells it like it is. She explains how social media and technology has shaped us beyond belief, and why we look at sex, love, and marriage differently than the previous generation.
Although it’s not a very long book, it’ll probably take you a while to get through it, since you’ll close the book after every chapter and engage in a lengthy discussion with everyone you can find about what you just read. I highly recommend it, for although it doesn’t actually fix anything, it can unite parents and children in a new way.
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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