How the F*#% Did We Get Here?
Recently, (on the same exact day) two authors published books that touch on their experience with being part of Generation X: Liz Prato published the essay collection Kids in America: A Gen X Reckoning, and Sari Botton published the memoir-in-essays And You May Find Yourself: Confessions of a Late-Blooming Gen X weirdo.
Liz and Sari thought it would be interesting to be in conversation with one another about their books, about being Gen X, and about the ways in which we were affected by the generations before us.
In what ways were we influenced by our elders? How do we grapple with some of the outdated messaging we absorbed, all the while finding compassion for those who passed it down, and for ourselves.
This is a free event. It will be moderated by Katie Kosma, an editor at literary website The Rumpus.
There are only 100 spots available. First come, first served. *Please register if you plan to attend!*
Praise for Liz Prato's KIDS IN AMERICA: A Gen X Reckoning (https://bookshop.org/books/kids-in-america-a-gen-x-reckoning/9781951631253)
Like a sociologist with a memoirist's sensibilities, Prato skillfully explores the environment that bred and defined Gen X, diving deeply into the sexist and racist mythologies of the era, excavating everything from pop culture to grief to violence. GINA FRANGELLO, author of Blow Your House Down
From rape culture and mental illness to a deep dive into Beverly Hills, 90210, KIDS IN AMERICA is an insightful and moving educationnecessary reading on the slacker generation. ERIN KHAR, author of Strung Out
KIDS IN AMERICA vibrates like a coke high, while managing to ask hard questions and find the spots of human failing and hope. MONICA DRAKE, author of Clown Girl and The Stud Book
KIDS IN AMERICA is a kick-ass collection. Part memoir, part documentary, these probing and intimate essays take us through the grief, the freedom, the risk-taking, and the pain that shaped Generation X. Vivid and absorbing. DINTY W. MOORE
KIDS IN AMERICA puts a microscope on our generation with spot-on observations that will have you nodding in agreement on one page, and shaking your head at the way the world was then on the next. Dont miss it! GEN X GIRLS GROW UP
Prato mixes memoir and cultural criticism in this clever look at the generation who was mesmerized by the gloss of MTV for the first time. . . . A rewarding look at what shaped Pratos life and generation. PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
Praise for Sari Botton's AND YOU MAY FIND YOURSELF: Confessions of a Late-Blooming Gen X Weirdo: (https://bookshop.org/books/and-you-may-find-yourself/9781942762997)
"Former Longreads editor Botton debuts with an introspective collection of essays about the joys and pains of feeling like a misfit....Now in her mid-50s, Botton recalls in heartfelt and witty prose the pivotal moments that have shaped her." - PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY
In her edgy, tender, witty way, Sari Botton has written a book for any woman who ever contorted herself to fit culturally imposed ideals, in other words, all of us. In witnessing the ways Sari has fought and failed and flourished, in the poignancy and laughter, there is deep wisdom and an abundance of spirit. - BEVERLY DONOFRIO, author of Riding in Cars with Boys.
A fresh and humorous meditation on the trials and tribulations of a smart Gen-X young woman who tries to extricate herself from a straitlaced suburban upbringing to become a cool, East Village girl, only to keep falling for the wrong man, the wrong therapist, and the wrong job until she doesnt. Bottons hilarious and self-aware pages on dating all the wrong men recall some of Candace Bushnells original Sex and the City essays and Helen Fieldings Bridget Jones Diary. - CATHERINE TEXIER, author of Breakup
A humanizing, humble, and hard look at a life. Investigative journalism of the soul. Sari Botton's And You May Find Yourself is like the older sister of My Misspent Youth by Meghan Daum. You will absolutely find yourself in this intelligent, clever, and clear-hearted book. CHLOE CALDWELL, author of The Red Zone: A Love Story
"This is a fierce and funny book about fighting back, speaking up, and singing. Sticks and stones may break your bones, but Sari Botton proves words can save youand give you something to smile about as you walk away." - SEJAL SHAH, author of This is One Way to Dance: Essays
What you will find in here is a funny, honest, inquisitive, fearless, provocative, thoughtful, and generous new friend. - ABIGAIL THOMAS, author of Safekeeping: Some True Stories From a Life.
And You May Find Yourself reminds us that the more specific and particular a person's story is, the more universal it feels. I'm glad Sari Botton solved the mystery of herself and gladder still she was generous enough to share the answer with readers. - LAURA LIPPMAN, author of My Life as a Villainess: Essays.
Many women will find the best and worst of themselves in this compelling memoiran honest, deep dive into a Gen-X self-described weirdo, who turns out to be all of us. - V.C. CHICKERING, author of Nookietown and Twisted Family Values.
Sometimes, age really is just a number. The cultural touchstones and fashion trends might be different, but women across generations will recognize their experiences in And You May Find Yourself as Sari Botton charts her journey to embrace who she really is across a series of essays writing with warmth, humor, and never shying from vulnerability about the mean girls of middle school, a therapist who gives the greatest dating advice, and the big questions around career, passion and children. - MINDA HONEY, author of the forthcoming essay collection An Anthology of Assholes.
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