Overwhelmed by Brigid SchulteOverwhelmed by Brigid Schulte


byBrigid Schulte

Hardcover | March 11, 2014

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Can working parents ever 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 leisure—over four hours a day? Did any of us feel that we actually had downtime? Was there anything useful in their research—anything we could do?”

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 that are 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.

BRIGID SCHULTE is an award-winning journalist forThe Washington PostandThe Washington Post Magazine. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with her husband and their two children.Twitter : @Brigid Schulte
Title:OverwhelmedFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 1 inPublished:March 11, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1443410187

ISBN - 13:9781443410182


Editorial Reviews

Overwhelmed is a superb report from the front lines of the sputtering gender revolution. 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. As an old-timer from the era of low-intensity child raising, I was particularly fascinated by her account of the rise of today?s ?hyperparenting? cult, which has upper-middle-class moms seeking Mandarin lessons for their three-year-olds. Before you embark on parenthood, before you volunteer to make cupcakes for a school party or stay up late to finish a fourth grader?s science project?and definitely before you pick up another copy of Martha Stewart Living?read this book!? ?Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America ()