Overwhelmed is a map of the stresses - individual, historical, biological and societal - that have ripped working mothers' leisure to shreds, and a quest for how it might be possible for them to put the pieces back together
Brigid Schulte has baked cupcakes until 2am. She has carried her BlackBerry on school field trips, hyperventilating with fear that she would be fired, then gone back to work until 4am after her children were in bed. Her refrigerator is broken, her To Do list never seems to get any shorter, and the laundry pile in the upstairs hallway often looms waist-high... She is not proud of this. And she worries that, though she tells her nine-year-old daughter that she can be anything she wants when she grows up, she is already beginning to think the cost is too high: that it is simply not possible, as a woman, to be anything you want to be, have a family, and still have time to breathe. So when Brigid met an eminent sociologist who studies time, and he told her that she enjoyed thirty hours of leisure each week, she thought her head was going to pop off.
Overwhelmed is a funny, eye-opening and urgent book about burning our candles at both ends and in the middle. It is a book about busy-ness and the near-impossibility of pressing the 'pause' button on life. Exploring everything from the wiring of the female brain to male/female income distribution to the current state of gender equality in the workplace and home.
About the Author
Brigid Schulte is an award-winning journalist for the Washington Post and the Washington Post Magazine. Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, she has won numerous writing awards, including the Pulitzer Prize. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with her two children, Liam and Tessa, and her husband, Tom Bowman, Pentagon correspondent for National Public Radio.
Every parent, every caregiver, every person who feels besieged by permanent busyness, must read this book Anne-Marie Slaughter, author of Why Women Still Can't Have It All Why is life so insanely busy? What happened to "leisure" time? Tired of the modern hamster wheel, Brigid Schulte set out to find a better way to live. Overwhelmed is a passionate, funny, very human book William Powers, author of Hamlet's BlackBerry: Building a Good Life in the Digital Age Features the author's personal search for balance alongside her advice for busy women Red Startling ... May well do for time-poor workers that Lean In has done for guilt-ridden working mums Evening Standard The very real and sometimes moving book is a masterly combination of social observation, interview, statistics and riveting human stories. Schulte's honesty is appealing Irish Daily Mail Thought-provoking ... Brigid Schulte takes to takes our headlong descent into multi-tasking madness Daily Telegraph She says we turn leisure into work, thinking we are lazy if we're not 'doing something'. I couldn't agree more Janet Street-Porter, Daily Mail Engaging . by turns a pop science explainer, self-help guide and subtle feminist polemic - aims to discover why some of us feel there simply aren't enough hours in the day ... This book's strength is mixing research and anecdote in a lively, accessible way, with a reporter's eye for detail Guardian In one of the best sections of the book, Ms. Schulte interviews Pat Buchanan, the man who more than anyone else destroyed the prospect of a high-quality universal child care system in the United States New York Times Brigid Schulte writes directly of her own cubicle experience, and it is not pretty Financial Times Too much to do? Stop and read this Guardian For a fresh take on an eternal dilemma, Overwhelmed is worth a few hours of any busy woman's life - if only to ensure that she doesn't drop off the bottom of her own "To Do" list ***** Mail on Sunday Not only captures the conundrum so many people face but also offers some practical solutions. It's not a self-help book per se, but I found many of the anecdotes and stories personally instructive Andrew Ross Sorkin, International New York Times
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 1st April 2014
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3 x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.59
Edition Number: 1