Notable: Millennial lives

cover of "Mother, Can you Not"
cover of "Mother, Can you Not"
Published April 28, 2016


Millennial lives

These books offer poetry, prose and memoir by young writers.

Mother, Can You Not? (Crown Archetype) by Kate Siegel, based on her Instagram account @CrazyJewishMom, is an uproarious memoir about her helicopter mom's unabashed advice on everything from career to Kegel exercises.

Quarter Life Poetry: Poems for the Young, Broke and Hangry (Grand Central) by Samantha Jayne is another Instagram-inspired collection, this one of doodle-illustrated funny poems with rhymes like "interest" and "Pinterest" and subjects like yoga pants, student loans and dating.

Songs of My Selfie: An Anthology of Millennial Stories (Three Rooms Press), edited by Constance Renfrow, gathers stories by 17 writers, all under age 26, on such subjects as online relationships, sexuality, pregnancy and dealing with parents' expectations.

Colette Bancroft, Times book editor