An Ordinary Age: Finding Your Way in a World That Expects Exceptional
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About the Author
Rainesford Stauffer has written and reported for the New York Times, New York magazine's The Cut, WSJ Magazine, Teen Vogue, Vox, and The Atlantic, among other outlets. She has appeared on CNN Newsroom, NPR's On Point and Weekend Edition, and podcasts such as ABC News' Start Here, the Guardian's Chips with Everything, and Foreign Policy's Don't Touch Your Face. She is a journalist, speaker, and Kentuckian.
Rainesford Stauffer is a brave writer who takes us to places that we haven't been yet, and gives us companionship when we're there. I'd love to hand out thousands of copies of this book. You will find comfort and empowerment in every chapter. An Ordinary Age is a gentle but urgent call to embrace the fullness of life, and that's a reminder we can use at any stage of life.--Mari Andrew, author of Am I There Yet?
The quest for perfection and excellence has left us exhausted, pissed off, and bewildered. If you want to turn away, at whatever point in your life, from the endless cycle of burnout, this beautifully written, endlessly empathetic book is for you.--Anne Helen Petersen, author of Can't Even: How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation
Rainesford Stauffer asks all the important questions in An Ordinary Age, which is in many ways a coming-of-age manifesto about how it feels, and what it means, to grow into adulthood in the digital age when we're all told we should be living our quote-unquote best lives.--Kate Fagan, author of What Made Maddy Run
An Ordinary Age is an antidote for young people everywhere who are sick and tired of being sick and tired that the lives they wake up to everyday don't match the ones they see on Instagram. It is a book for those who deserve to know that their lives and their efforts aren't just good enough: They are well and truly good.--Meg Jay PhD, author of The Defining Decade and Supernormal