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What does it mean to be a grown-up?

We asked writers, artists, and comedians from all over the country this question that looms over us all. 

Their answers came in form of essays, short stories, charts, letters, and at least one picture book from over thirty contributors, including:

Comedians Neil Hamburger and Kyle Kinane

The Onion's Nathan Rabin and Greg Rutter.

Editor of, Zack Parsons

Davy Rothbart's long running magazine and website Found Magazine.

And many more.

Here, finally, is the last word on what it means to be a grown-up.  You could spend years of painful experience discovering it, or just read this wildly entertaining book.

The choice is up to you. We recommend the book, though.

 UPDATE:  Because of great changes, a planned reprinting of What It Means to Be a Grown-Up has been delayed indefinitely. We will post here on this page & on social media if and when a new printing and/or ebook version is available. Thank you for your patience.