In this collection of essays, forty-four Calvin University graduates under thirty years old share the most interesting and intimate parts of their twenty-first-century lives.
They stride into the fallout of their purity culture childhoods. They share their alcoholism, chronic illnesses, and miscarriages. They canoe the most dangerous river in Michigan, build communities out of dating apps, and delight in the not-so-simple joys of cooking.
Montaigne, the father of the personal essay, confessed, “Many things that I would not care to tell any individual man I tell to the public, and for knowledge of my most secret thoughts, I refer my most loyal friends to a bookseller’s stall.” These writers carry on in Montaigne’s honest tradition. Scattered across the world—Grand Rapids to Manhattan, Honduras to Germany—they take us into their confidence and get political, religious, and personal. They talk about Trump, guns, and being queer. Some reject Christianity; others become clergy. Friends die in this book. Babies are born. Some writers get married (for better and worse), and others stay single. It’s all on the table.
This collection has an expansive range that mirrors the sprawl of millennial life. But “sprawl” suggests laziness, and the lives in these pages are anything but. These writers are searching, striving, failing, learning, and sometimes succeeding—all the while trying to make things better, even if they don’t agree what “better” really is.
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Table of Contents
Preface by Josh deLacy
Foreword by Susan Buist
by Meg Schmidt
by Katerina Parsons, Bart Tocci, Julia LaPlaca, Caitlin Gent, Paula Manni
by Elaine Schnabel, India Daniels, Katie Van Zanen, Gwyneth Findlay, Gabe Gunnink
by Caroline (Higgins) Nyczak, Brad Zwiers, Matt Medendorp, Josh deLacy
by Will Montei, Josh deLacy, Tony Ditta, Caroline (Higgins) Nyczak
by Tony Ditta, Jacob Schepers, Josh Parks, Meg Schmidt
by Ben DeVries, Elaine Schnabel, Andrew Knot, Julia LaPlaca
by Cotter Koopman, Katie Van Zanen, Catherine Kramer, Jenna Griffin, Ben DeVries, Caitlin Gent, Alissa (Goudswaard) Anderson
by Katerina Parsons, Abby Zwart, Andrew Orlebeke, Josh deLacy, Jack Van Allsburg, Katerina Parsons, Andrew Orlebeke
by Nick Meekhof, Abby Zwart, Rebekah (Williamson) Medendorp, Brad Zwiers, Andrew Knot
by Carolyn Muyskens, Will Montei, Emily Joy Stroble, Jeffrey Peterson, Lauren (Boersma) Harris
by Nick Meekhof, Matt Coldagelli, Sadie Burgher, Olivia Harre, Mary Margaret Healy
by Abby Zwart, Geneva Langeland, Josh deLacy, Ben Rietema, Bart Tocci, Jenna Griffin, India Daniels, Paula Manni
by Ben DeVries, Paul Menn, Nick Meekhof, Julia LaPlaca, Cassie Westrate, Gabe Gunnink
by Bart Tocci, Meg Schmidt, Catherine Kramer, Will Montei
by Mary Margaret Healy, Brad Zwiers, Jack Van Allsburg, Cassie Westrate
by Paul Menn, Caroline (Higgins) Nyczak, Matt Cambridge, Lauren (Boersma) Harris
by Will Montei, Abby Zwart, Mary Margaret Healy, Courtney Zonnefeld, Andrew Knot, Matt Coldagelli, Gabe Gunnink
Afterword by Will Montei