My review of Brigid Schulte’s book, Overwhelmed, ran over at City Journal’s website this past weekend. The gist is that this is a perfectly sensible Big Idea book, written by a very good reporter. The problem is that Schulte spends too much time making this a book about herself. We’re supposed to believe her life is a mess, which it really isn’t. In the end she reclaims her leisure time not through any grand change in the rest of the world (even though there are parts of the world that need to change!), but by simply deciding to live her life differently. If she could do so, then maybe that option is available to others as well. This book could have been called “I have leisure time, I just have to work through some issues first. Maybe you do too!” But, of course, that’s a lot less grabby than complaining about the Age of Overwhelm.
Have you read the book? What did you think?