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Generation What?: Dispatches from the Quarter-Life Crisis [Paperback]

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Seemingly a bit ludicrous and even comical, the quarter-life crisis is actually a very real phenomenon afflicting more rudderless twenty-somethings with each passing year. In Generation What?, young up-and-coming writers recount their individual quarrels between hoping to exist on the fringes of childhood and wanting to participate in the arena of adult responsibility.

Some heartbreaking, some humorous, the essayists' disparate topics-passionless marriage, fallible parents, Peace Corps survival, cutting the college-life cord, and the like-run the gamut of disillusionment, denial, and yes, even deliverance.

The Lost Generation nursed the devastating wounds of World War I. The Greatest Generation conquered both the Great Depression and totalitarianism. The Beat Generation sped along the counterculture pathways. The Baby Boomers embraced protests and free love, while Generation X birthed mass technology and postmodern malaise. And Generation Y-the young people of the millennium who have more resources, technology, and education than any before-has . . . what?

Essayists include editors from Broken Pencil and JANE magazine and contributors to The New York Times, The Village Voice, BUST, Adbusters, and PLENTY, as well as young authors with books forthcoming from Harper Perennial and Simon & Schuster.

Bess Vanrenen currently calls Denver, Colorado, home, although she has also lived in Brooklyn, Reno, and Maadi, Egypt. For anyone hoping to induce a quarter-life crisis, Bess recommends graduate school.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   240
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2007
Publisher   Speck Press
ISBN  1933108126  
ISBN13  9781933108124  

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More About Bess Vanrenen

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Bess Vanrenen lives and writes in Denver, Colorado. She is an assistant editor at Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., and edits the EndSheet, the newsletter for the Publishers Association of the West. She is twenty-seven years old, and has lived through her own quater-life crisis.

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Recommended for college graduates (as well as all ages)  Sep 18, 2008
I found this book to be helpful to me at a crossroads in my life. The heartfelt and true stories within the pages of this book enabled me to find the courage to make an incredibly difficult decision during the most difficult time in my life thus far. It was a decision that I knew I needed to make for a long time but could not find the courage to do so until I read this collection of essays and realized that there were other people in the world who also have had to make enormous life altering decisions that affected not only their own lives but others' futures as well. I have purchased this book for a few college graduates, but I recommend this book to anyone at any age.
Generation what?  May 27, 2008
As a person in their late 20's, i could personally relate to many of the topics in these essays. I enjoyed the book very much, because rather than giving advice about or breaking down the "quarter-life crisis," this book just gives insight about what it's like to experience it.

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