RC Book Club: A Discussion with Brigid Schulte, author of Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Join CQ Roll Call and Hooks Books as they host Brigid Schulte for a book-signing event Wednesday, July 23rd.
LOCATION: Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital
Food & beverages will be served.
Complimentary copies of the book will be distributed on a first come first served basis.
Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time
Can working parents in America--or anywhere--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. She investigates progressive offices 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 couples who claim to have found an ideal division of chores, childcare, and meaningful paid work. Overwhelmed is the story of what she found out.
About the Author
Brigid Schulte is an award-winning journalist for The Washington Post and The Washington Post Magazine. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with her husband and their two children.
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