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Twentysomething: Why Do Young Adults Seem Stuck?

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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

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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

Publishers Weekly - Audio
Expanding upon a much-talked-about article she wrote in the New York Times Magazine three years ago, Henig teams up with daughter Samantha for this thought-provoking look at why the current generation of 20-somethings just can’t seem to get their act together. The dynamic between mother and daughter is apparent throughout the text, and the narration of Pam Ward and Emily Durante build upon this chemistry in their respective performances. Ward provides Henig a slightly more experienced tone than that provided to Samantha by Durante. However, the junior Henig is also a respected journalist—and this is reflected in Durante’s performance. Ultimately, mother and daughter offer different viewpoints on the millennial generation—and this makes for an endlessly fascinating audiobook. A Hudson Street hardcover. (Nov.)

What began as a New York Times Magazine piece and then a viral sensation became a full-bodied, lively exchange of generational opinions and practices about everything from dating, friendship, and marriage to schooling, debt, birth control, and childbearing. The most advantageous way for Millennials to meet Baby Boomers.

Publishers Weekly
After New York Times Magazine writer Henig penned a piece on 20-somethings that went “viral,” she teamed up with her 27-year-old daughter, Samantha (NYT Magazine online news editor), to explore the topic in greater depth. The mother-daughter duo covers schooling, career choices, love and marriage, having babies, moving away from home, and other milestones, concluding that many of these issues are now delayed by at least five years. The authors base their findings on an admittedly nonscientific sampling of 127 respondents who answered their questionnaire as well as on current scientific research, and wrap up each chapter with a final judgment on whether the issue is either the “Same as It Ever Was” (as in friendship and marriage) or “Now is New” (as in schooling and childbearing). Many of their conclusions resonate with the work of psychologist Jeffrey Arnett, who has argued that there is a new developmental stage called “emerging adulthood,” characterized by identity exploration, instability, self-focus, feeling in-between, and seeing a sense of possibilities. While Boomers and “Millennials” have much in common, clearly this generation of 20-somethings confronts some unprecedented difficulties and changes, including escalating college costs and debt, the option to use reproductive technology for later childbearing, and the belief that access to the Internet is a fundamental human need, right up there with air and water. With humor and insight, the authors deftly volley commentary and observation across the generation gap. (Nov.)
From the Publisher
Must Read for November 2012
Oprah Magazine

"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”
Kirkus
 
“With humor and insight, the authors deftly volley commentary and observation across the generation gap”
Publishers Weekly

 “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
 

Kirkus Reviews
A mother and daughter examine the millennials, children born in the United States from 1980 through 1990. New York Times Magazine contributing writer Robin Henig (Pandora's Baby: How the First Test Tube Babies Sparked the Reproductive Revolution, 2004, etc.) and daughter Samantha--online news editor at the same magazine--expand on a feature article by Robin that appeared in that magazine in 2010. The millennial generation has been stereotyped as lazy, unable to find meaningful jobs and much more--most of it uncomplimentary. The authors keep their primary focus on whether the millenials are really that different from Baby Boomers and other generations. In nine substantive chapters, each built around a specific issue (career choices, marriage, parenthood, friendship, etc.), the Henigs present evidence and issue a verdict about whether the millennial generation is indeed different from earlier generations. When the point of view switches from mother to daughter, a frequently refreshing change that is never confusing, the change is stated directly or a new typeface appears. Robin and Samantha do not hide all their disagreements, within the nuclear family or as collaborating authors, but they seem to agree on most of the issues. The three realms they conclude are substantially different from generations past are whether and when to become parents; whether and how to pay for education beyond high school; and sorting through a wider range of choices when reaching personal or professional crossroads. Some of the realms that apparently have not changed much include career prospects, how to stay healthy, and the importance of close friends. An examination that escapes the dangers of overgeneralization to provide provocative information presented compellingly.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781470839833
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
11/08/2012
Edition description:
Unabridged
Pages:
7
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 5.80(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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What follows is some of the best and most relevant research available—not about the statistics of college debt or unemployment, but about the psychology of being on the verge of the rest of your life.

What People are saying about this

Jane Isay
If you're 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
Gretchen Rubin
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
Barry Schwartz
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. Dorwin Cartwright Professor of Social Theory and Social Action at Swarthmore College and author of The Paradox of Choice and Practical Wisdom
From the Publisher
Must Read for November 2012
Oprah Magazine

"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”
Kirkus
 
“With humor and insight, the authors deftly volley commentary and observation across the generation gap”
Publishers Weekly

 “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
 
 

Meet 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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Twentysomething: Why Do Young Adults Seem Stuck? 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
TheAgencyReview More than 1 year ago
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. Consistently, surprisingly, insightfully, brilliant. So I apologize to both Ms. Henigs for my qualms, fears and concerns, and attempt to make restitution by telling you to go out and buy this book right away. “Twentysomething” isn’t simply an investigation [to read the rest of this review, please visit http://wp.me/P23AlC-vA]