In the Prime of Life -- and in Crisis

We've all heard of the mid-life crisis (and some of us have been there, done that) but now author Abby Miller has written about an interesting and somewhat difficult time in our lives as young adults (from 18-25), the"Quarterlife Crisis: The Unique Challenges of Life in Your Twenties". More on the phenmenon and the book here from the North Jersey Media Group.


I can personally vouch for the value of Quarterlife Crisis. I read it last year when I was trying to figure out how to put my library career back on a better track at the ripe old age of 23. (I just wish I had found the book sooner!) When I left library school a year earlier (sans degree), I felt like I had set myself back at least five years, if not more. At 21, I chose to settle in an expensive area of the country because it offered some of the best opportunities in the information profession. (I stress the word "settle" because most "kids" my age here have a more transient status, and are not always here on their own dime.) I felt a little better after reading the book. I learned that there were some things that I had done well, some other things that I needed to improve on, and that I was in slightly better (though not ideal) shape than I had originally thought. Most importantly, while I am a unique case, I learned that I wasn't entirely alone.

There is also a web> that accompanies both books.

I personally recommend that all public libraries consider getting Quarterlife Crisis and The Quarterlifer's Companion if they can. Another book that I found on the QLC web site was I Went to College for This?: How to Turn Your Entry Level Job Into a Career You Love, written by Washington Post columnist Amy Joyce. Searching for these books got me to start using public libraries again. (Anything to get adults in the 18-25 range into the library can't hurt, right?)