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Overwhelmed is a map of the stresses - individual, historical, biological and societal - that have ripped working mothers' leisure to shreds, and a quest for how it might be possible for them to put the pieces back together

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Brigid Schulte is an award-winning journalist for the Washington Post and the Washington Post Magazine. Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, she has won numerous writing awards, including the Pulitzer Prize. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with her two children, Liam and Tessa, and her husband, Tom Bowman, Pentagon correspondent for National Public Radio. brigidschulte.com @BrigidSchulte


Every parent, every caregiver, every person who feels besieged by permanent busyness, must read this book * Anne-Marie Slaughter, author of Why Women Still Can't Have It All *
Why is life so insanely busy? What happened to "leisure" time? Tired of the modern hamster wheel, Brigid Schulte set out to find a better way to live. Overwhelmed is a passionate, funny, very human book * William Powers, author of Hamlet's BlackBerry: Building a Good Life in the Digital Age *
Features the author's personal search for balance alongside her advice for busy women * Red *
Startling ... May well do for time-poor workers that Lean In has done for guilt-ridden working mums * Evening Standard *
The very real and sometimes moving book is a masterly combination of social observation, interview, statistics and riveting human stories. Schulte's honesty is appealing * Irish Daily Mail *
Thought-provoking ... Brigid Schulte takes to takes our headlong descent into multi-tasking madness * Daily Telegraph *
She says we turn leisure into work, thinking we are lazy if we're not 'doing something'. I couldn't agree more * Janet Street-Porter, Daily Mail *
Engaging ... by turns a pop science explainer, self-help guide and subtle feminist polemic - aims to discover why some of us feel there simply aren't enough hours in the day ... This book's strength is mixing research and anecdote in a lively, accessible way, with a reporter's eye for detail * Guardian *
In one of the best sections of the book, Ms. Schulte interviews Pat Buchanan, the man who more than anyone else destroyed the prospect of a high-quality universal child care system in the United States * New York Times *
Brigid Schulte writes directly of her own cubicle experience, and it is not pretty * Financial Times *
Too much to do? Stop and read this * Guardian *
For a fresh take on an eternal dilemma, Overwhelmed is worth a few hours of any busy woman's life - if only to ensure that she doesn't drop off the bottom of her own "To Do" list ***** * Mail on Sunday *
Not only captures the conundrum so many people face but also offers some practical solutions. It's not a self-help book per se, but I found many of the anecdotes and stories personally instructive * Andrew Ross Sorkin, International New York Times *

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