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New book published by Fellows Pearce and Elder


January 19, 2021

Living on the Edge An American Generation’s Journey through the Twentieth CenturyFaculty Fellows Lisa Pearce and Glen Elder have coauthored Living on the Edge: An American Generation’s Journey through the 20th Century with Richard A. Settersten Jr.

Drawing from the iconic longitudinal Berkeley Guidance Study, Living on the Edge reveals the hopes, struggles, and daily lives of the 1900 generation. Most surprising is how relevant and relatable the lives and experiences of this generation are today, despite the gap of a century. From the reorganization of marriage and family roles and relationships to strategies for adapting to a dramatically changing economy, the challenges faced by this earlier generation echo our own time. Living on the Edge offers an intimate glimpse into not just the history of our country, but the feelings, dreams, and fears of a generation remarkably kindred to the present day.