Before the Mortgage

Real Stories of Brazen Loves, Broken Leases, and the Perplexing Pursuit of Adulthood

About The Book

The swank apartment, the killer job, and the perfect boyfriend/girlfriend haven't yet fallen into place. Is this really adulthood? Welcome to life before the mortgage. Here's what you need to know.

Christina Amini and Rachel Hutton have brought together the very best writing on this unpredictable -- and often hilarious -- time. This book features essays by celebrated writers such as Joel Stein, Thisbe Nissen, Thomas Beller, Found magazine's Davy Rothbart, and ReadyMade's Shoshana Berger, as well as exciting new writers.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Gallery Books (April 11, 2006)
  • Length: 240 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781416940821

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Raves and Reviews

"A road map for the times when you're not going anywhere. If I'd had this book back in the day, my lean and hungry years wouldn't have been so miserable. What am I saying? Of course they would have been miserable. But at least I would've had a good book."
-- Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket, author of A Series of Unfortunate Events

"A great collection about those strange, confusing, slightly uncomfortable, exhilarating days. I laughed and I cringed. It almost made me want a 'chore wheel' again."
-- Beth Lisick, author of Everybody into the Pool

"Unflinching and hilarious, Before the Mortgage is mandatory reading for people of any age who've ever wondered if they are ill-equipped to live an adult life."
-- Laine Bergeson, Utne

"Read this well-done, funny, brutal collection of stories about young adulthood, and you will actually look forward to being a middle-aged suburban sellout."
-- Rodney Rothman, author of Early Bird

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