Robin Marantz Henig

Journalist, Author, Science Writer

I wrote an article that went viral in 2010, "What Is It About 20-Somethings?" for The New York Times Magazine, where I'm a contributing writer. It was so popular I was asked to write a book on the topic. This time, happily, I had a co-author: my younger daughter Samantha Henig, a twenty-something herself, who is now a web editor for... that very same publication, The New York Times Magazine. How's that for kismet?

Our book is called TWENTYSOMETHING: Why Do Young Adults Seem Stuck? Kirkus named it one of the 30 "Most Anticipated" nonfiction books of Fall 2012. If you'd like to be kept abreast of the book's progress, follow me on Twitter or read my blog. You can also drop a note to Samantha and me.

My last book before TWENTYSOMETHING (which is, Lord help me, my ninth) was Pandoraís Baby, about the early days of in vitro fertilization research, the controversy surrounding the creation of the world's first test tube baby, and the ways in which that controversy sounds a lot like the debates now taking place about reproductive options like designer babies and human cloning. The book was the focus of a television documentary that aired on American Experience on PBS in the fall of 2006. The book before that, The Monk in the Garden, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. I've won some other nice awards, too: a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship, two Science in Society awards from the National Association of Science Writers, and a career achievement award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors. I have also done a lot of lecturing, and for the past two years I have been an adjunct professor at the NYU journalism school, teaching classes in journalism ethics to graduate students in the school's Science, Health, and Environmental Reporting Program.

As challenging as it is, freelance writing makes for a lonely life. Luckily, I live in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of New York, an odd blend of quiet and lively, college town and gigantic city. In a place like this, other people, including other writers, are always right outside the door.

Now that my nest is empty, my non-writing diversions canít focus on my two girls anymore the way it did when they were growing up and we lived in Takoma Park, a terrific, funky suburb of Washington, DC. So I walk in Riverside Park every morning for exercise, walk all over the city with my husband Jeff for fun, go to the theatre when we can afford it, read novels, go to museums, and host meetings of my writers salon, which has become my favorite part of living in New York.

Latest Books

What does it mean to be young? Is it different for Millennials today than it was for Baby Boomers?
How the world's first test tube babies sparked the reproductive revolution.
The life of Gregor Mendel, the father of genetics, and the story of his subsequent obscurity and rediscovery
A history of where new viruses come from, ranging from exotic diseases like dengue hemorrhagic fever to familiar (and potentially more lethal) ones like influenza.
A look at how being adopted affects personality development over a lifespan.

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