Community Read: All Adults Here by Emma Straub

The library is holding a community read of All Adults Here by Emma Straub!

What is a community read?

We’re encouraging everyone in Demarest to read (or listen to) All Adults Here by Emma Straub and join us for a discussion on Wednesday, November 10.

As of now, we plan to offer a hybrid in-person and Zoom discussion, but based on the public health situation, we may change the discussion to Zoom-only.

What’s the book about?

Astrid Strick witnesses a school bus accident in the center of town, jostling loose an old memory and prompting Astrid to realize she was not quite the parent she thought she’d been to her three, now-grown children. Readers meet her driven, success-obsessed eldest; her pregnant middle child; and the thirteen-year-old daughter of Astrid’s youngest, who is staying with Astrid for the school year after an incident with a classmate in Brooklyn. All Adults Here tells the story of adult siblings, aging parents, high school boyfriends, middle school mean girls, the lifelong effects of birth order, and everything else that follows us into adulthood – whether we like it or not!

How do I participate?

Step one: Read! You have several options for borrowing the book:

What next?

Join us for our discussion on Wednesday, November 10 at 7pm. Though registration is not required, we ask that you please sign up if you plan to attend so we can make appropriate preparations.

I want to read the book but I don’t want to go to the discussion.

That’s okay! Whether you can’t attend the discussion or just aren’t interested, we still encourage you to read along. You can also find resources below if you’re interested in learning more about the author, the book, what to read next, or in having a discussion group of your own.

Additional Resources

About the Author

Visit Emma Straub’s website
Emma Straub’s GoodReads Author Page

Reviews of All Adults Here

BookPage review of All Adults Here
Kirkus review of All Adults Here
New York Times review of All Adults Here
Publishers Weekly review of All Adults Here
Washington Post review of All Adults Here

Interviews with Emma Straub

Emma Straub on Barnes and Noble’s podcast
Emma Straub’s interview with BookPage
Emma Straub on Oprah Daily
Emma Straub on NPR’s Weekend Edition
Emma Straub on WNYC’s All of It

Such a Fun Age Discussion Guide

Download the discussion guide here.

What to Read Next

The Jetsetters by Amanda Eyre Ward
Parents and adult children come together to confront their pasts in these engaging, often humorous novels of complex relationships. Both novels are peopled with flawed but well-meaning characters remaking their bonds in the wake of newly revealed secrets and truths. (From NoveList.)

Always the Last to Know by Kristan Higgins
Matriarchs and their adult children discover that it’s never too late to figure out what you want out of life in these engaging family stories. (From NoveList.)

The Wanting Life by Mark Rader
The stories of LGBTQIA characters intertwine with other family members as they find the courage to live meaningful lives. These moving and engaging novels shine a spotlight on complex family dynamics, sexuality, infidelity and overcoming personal trials. (From NoveList.)

The Precious One by Marisa de los Santos
Three generations come together in these stories of families discovering how much they love and support each other, even with their many differences. Authentic characters grappling with real problems and a dash of humor make both absorbing and moving reads. (From NoveList.)

Cobble Hill by Cecily von Ziegesar
Though Cobble Hill centers on a neighborhood and All Adults Here focuses on a family, these warm-hearted novels cast a sympathetic eye on a group of people just trying to do their best to live happy and fulfilling lives. (From NoveList.)

The Rain Watcher by Tatiana De Rosnay
Complicated family dynamics are in full display in these engaging stories. Amidst a surprise coming out decision by the family matriarch (All Adults Here) and a flood disaster (Rain Watcher), family members endeavor to cope with their own personal turmoils. (From NoveList.)

The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
Adult siblings come to terms with their pasts and discover what they want their lives to look like in these warm-hearted family dramas. Both offer flawed but likeable characters and plenty of humor as they navigate their world. (From NoveList.)

Musical Chairs by Amy Poeppel
Members from multiple generations of one family alternately clash and lean on each other during one fateful summer together in these heartfelt and funny novels that celebrate the beautiful chaos and complexity of modern life. (From NoveList.)

The Arrivals by Meg Mitchell Moore
In these domestic fiction stories, being a grown up doesn’t mean that life becomes easier to navigate. Engaging and moving, these wryly observed novels look at modern families struggling with generational family dynamics and coping with personal setbacks. (From NoveList.)