What does it mean to be a millennial in this chaotic world? Beyond Snapchat and Tinder, the consumerist culture we’ve inherited, and quarter-life crises, can a millennial aspire to more?
Alison Lea Sher argues, yes, we can! Packing herself up in an RV, Sher embarks on a road trip in hopes of starting a conversation about what it means to grow up in America, post-Great Recession. Interviewing 150 of her millennial peers as they begin their adult lives—from kids heading straight to Wall Street after college to those sleeping on it—Sher asks: “Who are you; what should you do; and how can you step into your destiny as a stakeholder in society?”
The Millennial’s Guide to the Universe is a one-of-a-kind ethnographic study on the spotlighted millennial generation, as told by millennials—the largest generation in US history that is now transitioning from adolescence to adulthood. As millennials embark on a young adult quest during a frightening time, how can they enlist the idealism, values, and resistance politics they are so well-known for to discover a sense of self and purpose? Learn how to:
With intimate stories, ethnographic research, and practical tips, The Millennial’s Guide to the Universe will inspire every young person, showing them how to optimize their coming-of-age potential in a world that desperately needs it.
SubtitleA New Generations Handbook to Being Yourself and Living with Purpose
AuthorBy Alison Sher
Published1 May 2018
Dimensions5.50 x 8.25in.
About the author
Alison Sher is a journalist, biographer, creative writer, and millennial expert. She collaborates with companies across the US, pioneering socially-minded startups and nonprofits by aligning their initiatives with millennial perspectives. She is the editor-in-chief of Best Chefs America, and her articles can be found in places like The Huffington Post and the City Paper. In her spare time, Alison records avant-garde poetry albums about life, death, and preservation and the pursuit for political, interpersonal, and psychological liberation. She lives in Charleston, South Carolina.
—Khloe Kardashian, Reality TV Star "I have never encountered another writer like Alison Sher. Her voice is immediate, sharp and clear, and full of life; her vision is like no other I have encountered, either, landing on the smallest yet most telling detail with a kind of delicacy and strength that makes details sing. She is a mature writer, able to shake up a sentence and hold it in clear focus. I love her writing. Period.”
—Bret Lott, New York Times bestselling author "I am captivated by Alison's work. . . . Alison is, hands down, the most impressive of [millennials] all for two reasons. First, she is not a complainer. Rather than rail about us (old) people or the 1 percent or some other boogeyman, Alison and her colleagues set out to chart constructive alternatives. to make sense of the world and find their place in it."
—Jan Phillips, author No Ordinary Time "Alison is awesome—not only inspiring as a person—but a fabulous, insightful writer and disrupter who will make change happen constructively by helping the rest of us understand and appreciate the unique contributions her generation has to offer for the future of our fragile planet."
—Linda Staheli, founder of the Global Co Lab Network and Teens Dream "I love what Alison has written. . . . Alison has a voice and an opportunity to say something in this coming world, to bridge worlds and expand minds in a way people will listen."
—Jim Raschick, author Beyond the Box of Space and Time “Alison Sher is a force. Her communication is so effortlessly poignant and sharp. She has readers simultaneously laughing to tears and gobsmacked at her impeccable wisdom. Her insights into our social ills and problems, and how the rising generation can uniquely solve them, must be shouted from the rooftops!"
—Holly Werstein, founder of Journal to Save Your Life, author of A Raw Hummingbird