Twenty Something Essays by Twenty Something Writers

ISBN-10: 0812975669

ISBN-13: 9780812975666

Edition: 2006

Authors: Matt Kellogg, Jillian Quint

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Selected as the winners of Random House's national contest, a stunning collection of essays ranging from comic to poignant, personal to political, by the newest, brightest young writers you haven'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 subjects- career, family, sex, religion, technology, art- 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 Wendy' s, learning the finer points of status, teamwork, and french fries. An artist's nude model explains why she'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 dad' 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 " " Being in your twenties is weird. The world tells you you'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" couldn't have captured this more perfectly." - "Nylon "" You'll devour this compilation of essays by funny, smart, insightful young writers in just a few hours." - "Jane "Magazine " "" ["Twentysomething Essays by Twentysomething Writers "offers] a wide variety of experience. . . . If we are still looking for a voice for this generation, I' d nominate this eclectic choir instead." - "Orlando Sentinel " " [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." -" " " Delightful . . . 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." - "Publishers Weekly " " Earnest, honest, and well-written . . . a propitious look at writers coming of age right now, and it's a pleasant surprise." - "The Phoenix "(Boston) " A 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." - "stuff@night "(Boston) " The essays . . . have an urgency, an immediacy, even as thesubject matter runs the gamut from sex to death." - "Los Angeles Times Book Review "
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List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/29/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

The waltz
The mustache race
Sex and the sickbed
Prime-time you
Think outside the box but stay inside the grid
Finding the beat
You shall go out with joy and be led forth with peace
The idiot's guide to your palm
Sheer dominance
Live nude girl
An evening in April
Cliche rape story
Rock my network
Goodbye to all that
All the right answers
Why I had to leave
In-between places
A red spoon for the nameless
My little comma
Fight me
The secret lives of my parents
My roaring twenties
In, from the outside
The mysteries of life ... revealed!
So you say you want a revolution
Working at Wendy's
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