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Not quite a teenager, but not really feeling like a grown-up just yet? The emerging adult or 'new adult' years can be a period of tumult and growth. Explore the lives of twentysomethings in both contemporary and classic settings.

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Brown, Kelly Williams.
A handbook for the almost-adults who wear business suits to job interviews but still throw on pajamas to pick up groceries. With humour and wit, Brown helps you navigate the perils of breakups with friends and even attempt to fix your own toilet (warning: everything is harder than it looks).
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Crosley, Sloane.
Kezia, Nathaniel, and Victor are reunited for the extravagant wedding of a college friend. Now at the tail end of their twenties, they arrive completely absorbed in their own lives. When the mother-of-the-groom reveals an unusual tale of a missing necklace, the three friends set off on a mad adventure that takes them from New York and Los Angeles to France. All the while, they must come to terms with how their lives have developed and decide what's real and what's worth the chase.
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Nugent, Alida.
Nugent graduated college with a degree in one hand and a drink in the other, eager to trade in parties and all-nighters for 'the real world.' But post-grad wasn't the glam life she imagined. Soon buried under a pile of bills, laundry, and two-dollar wine bottles, it quickly became clear that she had no idea what she was doing. But hey, what twentysomething does?
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Stein, Leigh, 1984-
What to do when you've just graduated from college and your plans conflict with those of your parents? That is, when your plans to hang out on the couch, re-read your favorite children's books, and take old prescription tranquilizers, conflict with your parents plans that you, well, get a job? Without a fallback plan, Esther Kohler decides she has no choice but to take the job her mother has lined up for her: babysitting for their neighbors, the Browns. It's a tricky job, though as Esther realizes she's signed up for a whole lot more than she expected.
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Whittall, Zoe.
Set mostly in Toronto's Parkdale, Holding Still follows a group of twentysomethings coming into adulthood in a changing city with complex relationships, tenuous political backdrops and unwavering personal anxieties.
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Sin, Kyŏng-suk.
When Jung Yoon receives a distressing phone call from her ex-boyfriend after eight years, she is forced to revisit the memories of her tumultuous youth amidst the Gwangju Uprising - the student and citizen protest and fight for democracy after more than 10 years of authoritarian rule in Korea. With profound intellectual and emotional insight, she recounts the death of her beloved mother, the bond with her now-dying former professor, the bliss of her first love, and the friendships forged from a painful time.
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Fagan, Chelsea, author.
Building on the success of her popular articles on Thought Catalog, her book 'I'm Only Here for the WiFi ' presents an honest, refreshing, and hilarious perspective on the life of a misplaced twentysomething, desperate for advice about how to survive adulthood-all while maintaining an active social life.
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Malkani, Gautam, 1976-
Hailed as one of the most surprising British novels in recent years, Gautam Malkani's electrifying debut reveals young South Asians struggling to distinguish themselves from their parents' generation in the vast urban sprawl that is contemporary London. Chronicling the lives of a gang of four young middle-class men, Londonstani is written in the exuberant language of its protagonists, is about tribalism, aggressive masculinity, integration, alienation, and more.
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Carmack, Cora.
Sick of being the only virgin among her friends, Bliss Edwards, on the verge of graduating college, decides to finally lose hers to a stranger. After a panic attack leaves her running out on her one-night-stand, Bliss walks into her theatre class, only to find the new professor looks a bit too familiar - even with his clothes on.
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Moyes, Jojo, 1969-
When 26 year-old Louisa loses her job at a bakery and takes on the task caring for a man with a disability, she doesn't know what to expect. Will Traynor, a quadriplegic after a motorbike accident, is acidic and unfriendly - and Louisa soon learns she has her work cut out for her. But as a bond begins to slowly form between the two of them, Lou starts to learn how to grow up and gain confidence, while Will encounters some difficult decisions of his own.
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Lahiri, Jhumpa.
With his odd moniker, Gogol Ganguli has always felt somewhat out of place. He graduates from Yale and becomes the successful architect son that his Indian parents have always wanted. But something is missing. When he ends up agreeing to meet with a Bengali girl his mother pushes for, Gogol may learn more about himself and his family's history than he ever knew before.
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Mulligan, Brennan Lee, author.
With super strength and invulnerability, Alison Green used to be one of the most powerful superheroes around. Fighting crime with other teenagers under the alter ego Mega Girl was fun for a while. Now Alison is going to college and trying to find ways to help the world while still getting to class on time.
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Dinerstein, Rebecca.
Shortly after her college graduation, Frances flees a painful breakup and her claustrophobic childhood home in Manhattan, which has become more airless in the aftermath of two family announcements: her parents' divorce and her younger sister's engagement. She seeks refuge at a Norwegian artist colony that's offered her a painting apprenticeship.
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Robinson, Christopher Gerald, author.
On a summer night, in the arty enclave of Capitol Hill, Seattle, best friends Mickey Montauk and Halifax Corderoy throw one last blowout party before their lives part ways. At twenty-three, they had planned to move together to Boston for graduate school, but global events have intervened. Pivotal decisions and the resulting outcomes set in motion a year that will transform everyone involved.
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