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August Book Club: Overwhelmed


One thing is for sure: the balance between motherhood, work, maintaining a household and having a social life is sort of exhausting. In fact, it feels rather impossible to do it all and at least once I week I find myself talking to Brian about how there literally isn’t enough time in the day. Anyone else?!?

In that spirit, I’ve chosen a book that really appeals to us who just want to find time to relax. For August, we’ll be reading Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time by Brigid Schulte.

Here’s a little description from Amazon to give you more details on what you can expect…

When award-winning journalist Brigid Schulte, a harried mother of two, realized she was living a life of all work and no play, she decided to find out why she felt so overwhelmed. This book is the story of what she discovered-and of how her search for answers became a journey toward a life of less stress and more leisure. Schulte’s findings are illuminating, puzzling, and, at times, maddening: Being overwhelmed is even affecting the size of our brains. But she also encounters signs of real progress-evidence that what the ancient Greeks called “the good life” is attainable after all. Schulte talks to companies who are inventing a new kind of workplace; travels to countries where policies support office cultures that don’t equate shorter hours with laziness (and where people actually get more done); meets couples who have figured out how to share responsibilities. Enlivened by personal anecdotes, humor, and hope, Overwhelmed is a book about modern life-a revelation of the misguided beliefs and real stresses that have made leisure feel like a thing of the past, and of how we can find time for it in the present.

Who’s in?


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    July 31, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    This is appealing to me! I am almost finished with a couple books, so I may jump in mid-August!

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    Kaitlin G
    August 3, 2015 at 10:28 am

    This couldn’t have come at a better time :). While I am not a mother, I am juggling a full time job, wedding planning, sale of my current home and purchase of a new home all while being in a wedding myself and trying to see family and friends. I am in a constant moment of head explosion and it is nice to know it happens to the best of us :).

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    August 5, 2015 at 4:53 am

    This is a great book. Full of great info on putting things in perspective, slowing down, exploring how other countries do things, great companies that are incorporating more family friendly practices. I could not put this down, which was a little surprising for a nonfiction read!

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    August 6, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    Looks good! Downloading! :)

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