Overwhelmed

Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time by Brigid Schulte

  • Published: Aug 22, 2020

Can working parents in Americaor anywhereever find true leisure time? According to the Leisure Studies Department at the University of Iowa, true leisure is "that place in which we realize our humanity." If that's true, argues Brigid Schulte,... read more

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Details of Overwhelmed

Exact title of the book
Overwhelmed
Book author
Brigid Schulte
ISBN
9781429945875
Publisher
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Published
Mar 11, 2014
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
Pages
368
File size (in PDF)
3312 kB

Some brief overview of book

Can working parents in Americaor anywhereever find true leisure time? According to the Leisure Studies Department at the University of Iowa, true leisure is "that place in which we realize our humanity." If that's true, argues Brigid Schulte, then we're doing dangerously little realizing of our humanity. In Overwhelmed, Schulte, a staff writer for The Washington Post, asks Are our brains, our partners, our culture, and our bosses making it impossible for us to experience anything but "contaminated time." Schulte first asked this question in a 2010 feature for The Washington Post Magazine "How did researchers compile this statistic that said we were rolling in leisureover four hours a day?

Did any of us feel that we actually had downtime? Was there anything useful in their researchanything we could do?" A New York Times bestseller, Overwhelmed is a map of the stresses that have ripped our leisure to shreds, and a look at how to put the pieces back together. Schulte speaks to neuroscientists, sociologists, and hundreds of working parents to tease out the factors contributing to our collective sense of being overwhelmed, seeking insights, answers, and inspiration.

She investigates progressive offices trying to invent a new kind of workplace; she travels across Europe to get a sense of how other countries accommodate working parents; she finds younger couples who claim to have figured out an ideal division of chores, childcare, and meaningful paid work. Overwhelmed is the story of what she found out.

About author

Schulte is an award-winning journalist for The Washington Post and The Washington Post Magazine, and was part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize. She is also a fellow at the New America Foundation. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with her husband and their two children.

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