Connecting Generations: Bridging the Boomer, Gen X, and Millennial Divide

Rowman & Littlefield. May 2019. 200p. ISBN 9781538112168. $34; ebk. ISBN 9781538112175. SELF-HELP
Addressing the issue of loneliness, former rabbi and nonprofit executive Herring (Leading Congregations and Nonprofit Organizations in a Connected World) maintains that it is only by relearning how much one generation has to offer another generation that people can end social isolation and embrace richer lives. Chapters cover issues such as understanding stereotypes, exploring careers and identity, and family caretaking, with "What You Can Do" suggestions mostly revolving around getting out of one's comfort zone and spending time with a member of a different generation, rounding out each section. In conclusion, Herring introduces the concept of "perennial" to reclaim organic intergenerational relationships.
VERDICT Herring's words add a lot to our understanding of generational perspectives. Appendixes featuring a family technology action plan, a health-care transition guide, and a bibliography of experts and organizational resources serve as catalysts for further intergenerational discussion.
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