Twentysomething Essays by Twentysomething Writers

Twentysomething Essays by Twentysomething Writers

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Selected as the winners of Random Housea€™s national contest, a stunning collection of essays ranging from comic to poignant, personal to political, by the newest, brightest young writers you havena€™t heard of . . . yet. Here, for the first time, current twentysomethings come together on their own terms, in their own words, and begin to define this remarkably diverse and self-aware generation. Tackling an array of subjectsa€“career, family, sex, religion, technology, arta€“they form a vibrant, unified community while simultaneously proving that there is no typical twentysomething experience. In this collection, a young father works the late-night shift at Wendya€™s, learning the finer points of status, teamwork, and french fries. An artista€™s nude model explains why shea€™s happy to be viewed as an object. An international relief worker wrestles with his choices as he starts to resent the very people who need his help the most. A devout follower of Joan Didion explains what New York means to her. And a young army engineer spends his time in Kuwait futilely trying to grow a mustache like his dada€™s. With grace, wit, humor, and urgency, these writers invite us into their lives and into their heads. Twentysomething Essays by Twentysomething Writers is a rich, provocative read as well as a bold statement from a generation just now coming into its own. Praise for Twentysomething Essays by Twentysomething Writers a€œBeing in your twenties is weird. The world tells you youa€™re a grown-up, but damn if you feel like one. With 29 sharply observant and well-written snapshots of life between the ages of 19 and 30, Twentysomething Essays by Twentysomething Writers couldna€™t have captured this more perfectly.a€ a€“Nylon a€œYoua€™ll devour this compilation of essays by funny, smart, insightful young writers in just a few hours.a€ a€“Jane Magazine a€œ[Twentysomething Essays by Twentysomething Writers offers] a wide variety of experience. . . . If we are still looking for a voice for this generation, Ia€™d nominate this eclectic choir instead.a€ a€“Orlando Sentinel a€œ[Ranging] from playful and absurd to poignant and earnest . . . [Twentysomething Essays by Twentysomething Writers is] a bold reminder that this generation is extremely diverse and very capable. . . . These essays will speak to you no matter your age.a€ a€“ a€œDelightful . . . Whether admitting they are only just beginning to see their own parents as people or struggling to balance graduate study and parenthood, the essayists blend morbid irony and idealism. . . . This highly readable collection of voices is more assured and memorable than one might have expected from such a venture.a€ a€“Publishers Weekly a€œEarnest, honest, and well-written . . . a propitious look at writers coming of age right now, and ita€™s a pleasant surprise.a€ a€“The Phoenix (Boston) a€œA slice of Gen Y life: everything from OCD, rape, and depression to a nude-art-class model, online communities, and how to find (and keep) a drummer. Pick up your copy.a€ a€“stuff@night (Boston) a€œThe essays . . . have an urgency, an immediacy, even as the subject matter runs the gamut from sex to death.a€ a€“Los Angeles Times Book Review From the Trade Paperback edition.I wait tables on weekends for extra income, so my restaurant coworkers threw my birthday party with the theme a€œIta#39;s okay, you can always wait tables!aquot; a€œRemember the words of Lazarusa€”a€ squawks the loudspeaker from the auditorium.

Title:Twentysomething Essays by Twentysomething Writers
Author: Matt Kellogg, Jillian Quint
Publisher:Random House - 2006-08-29

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