Slouching Toward Adulthood by Sally Koslow
Observations from the Not-So-Empty Nest

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“The helicopter parent has crashed and burned. . . . Sally Koslow [has] documented a generation so cosseted that they have lost the impetus to grow up or leave home. The over-involved parent has gone from paragon of caring to a figure of fun.” —Lisa Endlich Heffernan, The Atlantic

Parents once dreamed of dropping their prodigies at first-choice colleges and sighing with relief at a job well done. Nowadays, though, mothers and fathers are stressing about whether Jessica or Josh will boomerang back after graduation—and still be there years later. Why are so many wunderkinds now s-l-o-w-l-y slouching toward adulthood? Panicked after reading that twenty-eight is the new nineteen, Sally Koslow—journalist and mother—searched for answers. Part hard-hitting investigation and part hilarious memoir, Slouching Toward Adulthood is a heartfelt cri de coeur that can help families negotiate life around the unexpectedly crowded dining tables for years to come.

About Sally Koslow

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Sally Koslow is the author of three novels, The Late, Lamented Molly Marx, a Target Book Pick; With Friends Like These; and Little Pink Slips, inspired by her time as the editor in chief of McCall’s; and Slouching Toward Adulthood, a witty and insightful report from the parenting trenches. She lives in New York City.
Published June 14, 2012 by Plume. 273 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Parenting & Relationships, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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A witty, provocative study that examines why so many millenials can't seem to launch into adulthood and now find themselves “wandering—if not literally, then psychically.” Former Lifetime and McCall’s editor-in-chief Koslow (The Late, Lamented Molly Marx, 2009, etc.) is the parent of young adul...

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Novelist and former McCall’s magazine editor Koslow casts a keen eye on the “not-so-empty-nest” phenomenon that besets today’s baby boomer parents.

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In softcover fiction, Deborah Harkness sends a witch and a vampire back to Elizabethan England, and John Lanchester looks at London circa 2008. In nonfiction, Sally Koslow explores parenting adult children, and Andrew Blum reveals the infrastructure behind the Internet.

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Book Reporter

SLOUCHING TOWARD ADULTHOOD tells us all the ways in which our lax parenting skills and all that insane love we try to spread around will come back to bite us in the proverbial parental derriere when these kids can’t find jobs and come back home to live until they are in their 20s.

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USA Today

At last, a serious, well-researched book about raising children which also includes that crucial characteristic every parent needs — a sense of humor.Sally Koslow's excellent Slouching Toward Adulthood explores the economic and cultural forces creating the growing hordes of adult children faili...

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Huntington News

When I got an email from Sally Koslow praising my review of her 2010 novel "The Late, Lamented Molly Marx" (link: and suggesting that I consider reviewing her new nonfiction book about indulgent baby boomers who ena...

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