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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (13 Mar 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408826682
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408826683
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brigid Schulte is an award-winning journalist for the Washington Post and Washington Post magazine. She 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 two children. She grew up in Oregon, has family in Ireland and spent summers in Wyoming, where she did not feel overwhelmed.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Felicity B on 18 May 2014
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Brilliantly researched and written - a perfect balance of stats and stories. It will make you re-evaluate what's important. Read it!
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‘Overwhelmed’ written by Brigid Schulte is an interesting work backed by extensive research on the subject of how much fast pace and stress that we are constantly exposed leaves us time to rest and if is out there today something at all that we can call leisure.

Can we even define our spare time? Is it when we do not do anything, spending time in leisure and solicitation, or the time that we spend to feel better, to do something that makes us happy, what not one pushes us to do? According to the nice quote from someone at the University of Iowa, true leisure is “…that place in which we realize our humanity” and judging by all there are less and less such time, or already it vanished for most of us.

Brigid Schulte, The Washington Post journalist and part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize, from 2010 conducted an extensive research and spoke with numerous scientists, sociologists, and especially working parents to investigate what are the factors that contribute to our feeling being constantly overwhelmed, having no time for anyone, most important ourselves.

On the pages of the book Brigid Schulte compares a view on workplace and family subjects from the American angle by comparing it to how these issues are dealt with in Europe and in other parts of the world. She speaks about progressive offices that are seeking to invent some new ways of working, all with the goal to enable people with children to still feel like human beings, not like machines which have planned every minute of life caring only for others and working.

‘Overwhelmed’ is extremely easy and interesting to read, while every reader in a greater or lesser part will be able to identify with what the author has put forward in her work, making her book extremely valuable in the field she covers.

As a convenient add-on author did not hesitate to share her own experiences and that all together makes her book a good choice if you are interested in this topic.
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By A. Cicolini on 22 July 2014
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Read this at a pivotal moment and couldn't absorb it fast enough; would recommend to anyone feeling time poor and in need of some new thinking
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Read this and be inspired that change is possible 12 Mar 2014
By Jessica DeGroot - Published on Amazon.com
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As someone who has been involved in these issues professionally and personally for the last 20 years, I can honestly say this is the best book I have read on the topic. Not only does it provide cutting edge reporting, Brigid Schulte’s willingness to share her own experiences wrestling with these issues, also makes it a real page turner.
Throughout the book she provides an excellent analysis of what contributes to our sense of overwhelm and how badly it is impacting us. However, she also inspires us with a number of important “bright spots” – including the description of a number of truly modern workplaces that aren’t just saying they support their employees to live whole lives, they are actually making it happen.
Too often people feel stuck by the web of forces that make a more satisfying approach to work and life feel out of reach. Schulte’s book will help you better understand the challenges and inspire you that change is possible.
45 of 50 people found the following review helpful
Overwhelmed is a must read for today's workforce. 11 Mar 2014
By Laurie C Kelley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Like no book out there, Overwhelmed gives us deep insight into the ways in which our lives have become so complicated in today's fast-paced society. Heavily researched, the author also looks at workplace and family dynamics in other parts of the world, in contrast to our American practices. The book will make you think more deeply about the way you are spending the precious gift of time, especially if you are a parent, and even if you aren't. Additionally, people who are not caregivers will get a deeper understanding of the demands of balancing family needs with our careers. It'll make you think, laugh, reflect and hopefully move forward with more purpose in working through this one and only life. I loved it. So much I even found/made time to read the entire book.
27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Must read for busy parents!!! 11 Mar 2014
By Daniel Bender - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Even with massive amount of research presented Mrs. Schulte personalizes the information in a way that makes this a compelling read. I had so many ah-ha moments while I read this starting with the idea of contaminated time. It was also incredibly helpful to read about how we look at the leisure needs of men and women. There's just to many tidbits to share but you definitely walk away from the book feeling the need to free up personal time. Her arguments are incredibly effective.
28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Searching for time to work, love and play? 11 Mar 2014
By Anne D. Perryman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
In my role as editor of the Work & Family Life newsletter, I jumped at the chance to read Brigid Shulte's new book Overwhelmed. It is fascinating. Schulte (a Washington Post reporter) examines what has changed and what has stayed the same since the 1970’s. Women are fully engaged in what used to be a "man’s world," but workplace policies and cultural attitudes still act as though it is 1950. Shulte explores why we’re “stuck” in this way and why our sense of being overwhelmed has persisted. This was never just a “mommy issue,” she says. It's also an issue for dads, kids, the workplace and for society, especially one that purports to value families so highly. I liked Schulte's positive, practical suggestions on how to incorporate into my life all of the things I need and want to do. Highly recommended.
28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
It's Good To Know I'm Not Alone 11 Mar 2014
By Michele T. Woodward - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of this book and I have to say - having read it cover to cover - that Brigid Schulte breaks open the modern conundrum that is parenting. If you are not a working parent, this book may not be as relevant to you. But for me, Schulte examined the challenges thoroughly, and brought in relevant research in a way that enlightened me and made me feel like "it's not just me who's having this problem." I admire the way she draws from her own life to illustrate situations, and also seeks out others and tells their stories. Again, if you are a working parent who's looking for a path out of overwhelm - or you are a law maker or business leader who's trying to remedy the situation - this is an excellent place to start. Read the book.
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