Buy Used
£0.01
+ £2.80 UK delivery
Used: Very Good | Details
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Ships from the UK. Former Library books. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. 100% Money Back Guarantee. Your purchase also supports literacy charities.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has The Time Paperback – 13 Mar 2014

4.7 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Paperback, 13 Mar 2014
£1.47 £0.01

Top Deals in Books
See the latest top deals in Books. Shop now
click to open popover

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.



Top Deals in Books
See the latest top deals in Books. Shop now

Product details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (13 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408826682
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408826683
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.8 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 552,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

Review

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)

Book Description

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

See all Product Description

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback
‘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.
Comment 5 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is a nifty balance of research, journalistic stories, some personal insights and common sense. Yes, quite US focussed, but I actually enjoyed it- first of all it did give me a little boost that at least I don't have to be in the U.S., and secondly, it was informative and thus more interesting. Perfect book for my soul searching mission to stop my own overwhelm. Enjoyed it more than Ariana Huffington's Thrive for example, or Rubin' Happiness Project. A good, more woman focussed, companion to Dolan's excellent Happiness by Design.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I read about this book in a magazine and was under the impression that it would provide some tips on how to better manage my time. In fact, it is more of an academic study of dwindling leisure time in the modern world and its impact on women, men and families. It is readable but somewhat depressing. I haven't got to the end of it yet - it is thorough! - so there may be some of those handy tips towards the end. At the moment, I just want to move to Iceland which sounds like it has work-life balance.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition
Brilliantly researched and written - a perfect balance of stats and stories. It will make you re-evaluate what's important. Read it!
Comment 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The only negative about this book had a major American bias. There are a lot of books on a similar or same subject matter but this book is well researched, has lots of the aurthor's own examples which brought the subject to life. I would recommend this book.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse


Feedback