Rainesford Stauffer: An Ordinary Age: Finding Your Way in a World That Expects Exceptional (A FAN Program)

We are so happy to support Family Action Network (FAN) as they welcome Rainesford Stauffer, author of the book, An Ordinary Age: Finding Your Way in a World That Expects ExceptionalStauffer will be interviewed by Luisa Struck. This virtual event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Click HERE to reserve your spot!

This event will be recorded and available later on the FAN website and YouTube channel.

AFTER-HOURS EVENT: Attendees who purchase a copy of An Ordinary Age from The Book Stall are invited to attend an AFTER-HOURS event hosted by Stauffer and Struck that will start immediately after the webinar. The link to register for the AFTER-HOURS program will appear in red font at the top of an email from The Book Stall. Look for it right after your receipt arrives!

About the Book: At a time when young adulthood—and milestones associated with being in your twenties—have been altered profoundly, now is the time to take a closer look at how many of our most formative moments aren't just chasing GPAs or dream jobs, measuring self-worth by accomplishment, or living a #bestlife defined on narrow, unattainable terms: Some of the most formative moments in young adulthood are ordinary ones.

In conversation with young adults of different ages, locations, and backgrounds, and experts who study this age, in An Ordinary Age: Finding Your Way in a World That Expects Exceptional, millennial journalist Rainesford Stauffer takes a close look at the pressures young people face, and how they manifest. The pressures of young adulthood—how not having your life figured out by 25 doesn’t mean you’ve failed; how external markers of success become placeholders for self- worth—are ripe for renegotiation. Amid mounting student debt, a job market in disarray, and a society that makes perfectionism seem like the best shot at stability, coming-of-age during an intersection of crises isn’t simple.

About the Author: Rainesford Stauffer is a writer, author, and Kentuckian. Her first book, An Ordinary Age: Finding Your Way in a World That Expects Exceptional, was named one of the Best Nonfiction Books of 2021 by Esquire magazine. Ms. Stauffer writes GOLD STARS, an essay column on young adulthood for Catapult, and is a freelance writer who has written for publications includingTeen Vogue, The New York Times, Vox, Apartment Therapy, WSJ. Magazine, The Lily, The Atlantic, and more. She's particularly passionate about covering issues related to young adulthood and life transitions, including work and labor, education, organizing and activism, and the broad-strokes theme of "how we live now." Ms. Stauffer is also a contributing editor at 100 Days in Appalachia, where she assists with a youth vertical publishing the essays and reporting of young adults. She has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, Good Morning America, NPR's On Point and Weekend Edition shows, and Terrible, Thanks for Asking.

About the Interviewer: Luisa Struck is a senior at New Trier High School in Winnetka, IL, a suburb north of Chicago. She is active in her community with various political organizations and racial justice groups, working with others to improve the school and surrounding environment through grassroots organizing. She is also a passionate environmentalist, which she has expressed through co-founding the North Shore Hub of the National Sunrise Movement and being a part of other environmental organizations such as the Climate Reality Project and Go Green Winnetka. At a young age, Struck started dancing and taking ballet classes, and she is also a choreographer for Northfield Dance Ensemble. She is head of Newbies club at New Trier, a club that helps integrate transfer students, a role close to her heart since she grew up living in three different countries. She also plays the viola and piano. She was awarded the 2022 Wilbert F. Crowley Citizenship Award and the New Trier Principal’s Award for Leadership.

Event date: 

Thursday, November 4, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

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An Ordinary Age: Finding Your Way in a World That Expects Exceptional By Rainesford Stauffer Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062998989
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: Harper Perennial - May 4th, 2021

Best Book of 2021 —Esquire?

Featured on Good Morning America

"A meticulous cartography of how outer forces shape young people’s inner lives." —Esquire, Best Books of 2021