Overwhelmed (Paperback)

How to Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time

By Brigid Schulte

Picador USA, 9781250062383, 368pp.

Publication Date: March 3, 2015



" Schulte's] a detective in a murder mystery: Who killed America's leisure time, and how do we get it back?"--Lev Grossman, Time

When award-winning journalist Brigid Schulte, a harried mother of two, realized she was living a life of all work and no play, she decided to find out why she felt so overwhelmed. This book is the story of what she discovered--and of how her search for answers became a journey toward a life of less stress and more leisure.
Schulte's findings are illuminating, puzzling, and, at times, maddening: Being overwhelmed is even affecting the size of our brains. But she also encounters signs of real progress--evidence that what the ancient Greeks called "the good life" is attainable after all. Schulte talks to companies who are inventing a new kind of workplace; travels to countries where policies support office cultures that don't equate shorter hours with laziness (and where people actually get more done); meets couples who have figured out how to share responsibilities. Enlivened by personal anecdotes, humor, and hope, Overwhelmed is a book about modern life--a revelation of the misguided beliefs and real stresses that have made leisure feel like a thing of the past, and of how we can find time for it in the present.

About the Author

Brigid 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.