Lean Out: A Meditation On The Madness Of Modern Life by Tara HenleyLean Out: A Meditation On The Madness Of Modern Life by Tara Henley

Lean Out: A Meditation On The Madness Of Modern Life

byTara Henley

Paperback | March 24, 2020

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Part memoir, part travelogue and part journalistic investigation, Lean Out explores the hazards of the 24/7 work world--and the radical communities around the globe that are resisting it.

In Lean Out: A Meditation on the Madness of Modern Life, current affairs journalist Tara Henley sets out to discover alternatives to the always-on work culture of North America. From early retirement enthusiasts in urban British Columbia to moneyless men in rural Ireland, Henley uncovers a parallel track, in which everyday citizens are quietly dropping out of the mainstream and reclaiming their lives from overwork in all kinds of weird and wonderful ways.

In 2016 Henley was at the top of her game, working at the heart of Canadian media. After almost two decades in the business, she had traveled the world, from Soweto to Bangkok to Borneo to Brooklyn, interviewing authors and community leaders, rappers and philanthropists, politicians and Hollywood celebrities. She had experienced the thrill of sitting down with Beyoncé. And of arguing with Kanye West. But when she started getting chest pains at her desk in the newsroom, none of that seemed to matter.

As she began searching for a path to healing her body and mind, Henley came to a surprising realization: For the last decade, our culture has been conditioned to draw inspiration from the elite few who thrive in high-pressure environments; those who, from the desk to the home, can afford to--financially, personally--perpetually "lean in." If we wanted innovative solutions to the epidemic of burnout and stress-related illness, it was time to talk to those who'd been forced to go in a different direction: the outliers, the creatives, the rebels, and the eccentrics.

Throughout her fascinating journey, Henley explores the underlying causes of these disparate movements--a rejection of consumerism, a growing appetite for social contribution and a quest for meaningful, face-to-face contact in this era of extreme isolation and loneliness--and shares hope and inspiration for anyone who has suffered from overwork.
Tara Henley is a Canadian writer and broadcaster. Over the past two decades, her work has appeared on CBC television, and in The Guardian, The L.A. Times, The Globe and Mail and The Walrus, as well as dozens of other publications across the country and around the world. She currently works as a producer at CBC Radio and has a books col...
Title:Lean Out: A Meditation On The Madness Of Modern LifeFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:240 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.68 inShipping dimensions:8 × 5 × 0.68 inPublished:March 24, 2020Publisher:Appetite by Random HouseLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:052561091X

ISBN - 13:9780525610915