Twentysomething by Robin Marantz Henig
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 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
 

About Robin Marantz Henig

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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.
 
Published November 8, 2012 by Plume. 301 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Parenting & Relationships, Political & Social Sciences, Self Help. Non-fiction
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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.

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Publishers Weekly

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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.

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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.

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Chapters end with a short summary with bullet points for each of the generations, and in an analogy to a boxing match each chapter or "round" is awarded to the situation of the Millennials as either something new or same as it ever was.

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BC Books

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Twentysomething: Why Do Young Adults Seem Stuck?, in which mother and daughter journalists Robin Marantz Henig (a fiftysomething) and Samantha Henig (a twentysomething) examine the perception that "emerging adults" are taking so much longer to actually emerge than previous generations, is admitte...

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Forbes

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As Dan Schawbel points out in Promote Yourself, Millennials who learn to craft a successful and satisfying career as valued employees will also be key to companies surviving and thriving in this increasingly digital world. Companies that encourage cross-generational, as well as cross-functional m...

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Huntington News

He decided it would be a dead-end job and turned it down.This resonated with me because my first job out of college in the summer of 1961 was insurance adjusting in Chicago and later in northern Indiana.

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Los Angeles Review of Books

The reflection on mom losing her job while daughter wins one — at the hands of the same editor — is fascinating, and particularly illuminating of the authors’ relationship, their experiences of aging, and their relatively elite status, which the younger Henig, capturing a clear shift in generatio...

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Mother Jones

In one of the New York Times Magazine's most-shared articles of 2010, science writer Robin Marantz Henig examined the research on "emerging adulthood"—the notion that young adults are taking longer and longer to grow up.

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