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Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time Hardcover – March 11, 2014

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Journalist Schulte manages to take a fairly pedestrian topic, the value of leisure in modern American
society, and turn it into a compelling narrative on work, play, and personal achievement. Liberally peppered with her
own experiences as a wife, mother, and Washington Post reporter, this artful blend of memoir and cultural exploration
asks hard questions about how to create a well-lived life. Is leisure a waste of time, or the only time to “live fully
present”? Are we more concerned about a purpose-driven experience, or bogged down in “banal busyness”? Schulte, juggling
the demands of children and work while facing conflicts with her spouse over familial responsibilities, realizes that
she is mired in busyness. Her discussions with a wide range of experts clarify her concerns and open her mind to the
manufactured madness of a competitive culture and the false promise of the ruthlessly dedicated “ideal worker.” Schulte
follows every lead to uncover why Americans are so determined to exhaust themselves for work and what has been lost in
the process. For Lean In (2013) fans, and everyone who feels overwhelmed. --Colleen Mondor

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"Schulte takes a purely practical and secular approach to a question that philosophers and spiritual
teachers have debated for centuries--how to find meaningful work, connection, and joy--but her research is thorough and
her conclusions fascinating, her personal narrative is charmingly honest, and the stakes are high: the "good life" pays
off in 'sustainable living, healthy populations, happy families, good business, [and] sound economies.'" - Publisher's
Weekly starred review

"Overwhelmed is a superb report from the front lines of the sputtering gender revolution. Brigid Schulte takes up the
perennial problem of women's 'second shift' with fresh energy and fascinating new data, effortlessly blending academic
findings and mothers' lived experiences, including her own often hilarious attempts to be both the perfect parent and a
successful full-time journalist. ... read this book!" - Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed: On (Not)
Getting By in America

"Overwhelmed is a time management book that's not just about how to be more productive and effective--it's about the
broad and fascinating role time plays in our emotional satisfaction, our physical health, and even our notions of gender
equality. The more overwhelmed you feel, the more crucial it is to take the time to read this important book." - Daniel
H. Pink, author of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

"Every parent, every caregiver, every person who feels besieged by permanent busyness, must read this book. A new wave
of research, experience, and insight is challenging deep assumptions about why we have to live and work the way we do.
Overwhelmed is a wake-up call and an exhilarating prescription for change." - Anne-Marie Slaughter, president and CEO of
the New America Foundation and 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. Her voice is delightful, her findings surprising and hopeful. Overwhelmed is a
passionate, funny, very human book that reads like a detective story." - William Powers, author of Hamlet's BlackBerry:
Building a Good Life in the Digital Age

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