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A Times book of the year

A Guardian book of the year

'Magnificent' The Times

'Dazzling' New Statesman

'It filled me with hope' Zadie Smith



We are living in the era of the self, in an era of malleable truth and widespread personal and political delusion. In these nine interlinked essays, Jia Tolentino, the New Yorker's brightest young talent, explores her own coming of age in this warped and confusing landscape.

From the rise of the internet to her own appearance on an early reality TV show; from her experiences of ecstasy - both religious and chemical - to her uneasy engagement with our culture's endless drive towards 'self-optimisation'; from the phenomenon of the successful American scammer to her generation's obsession with extravagant weddings, Jia Tolentino writes with style, humour and a fierce clarity about these strangest of times.

Following in the footsteps of American luminaries such as Susan Sontag, Joan Didion and Rebecca Solnit, yet with a voice and vision all her own, Jia Tolentino writes with a rare gift for elucidating nuance and complexity, coupled with a disarming warmth. This debut collection of essays announces her exactly the sort of voice we need to hear from right now - and for many years to come.

 

Details

ISBN: 9780008294939
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Publication Date: 6 Aug 2019
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication City, Country: London, United Kingdom
Dimensions (cm): 21.6(H) x 13.5(L) x 2.4(W)
Weight (gm): 320

 

Reviews

'A masterclass in how to think about the world' Samantha Irby

'Thoroughly enjoyable' Vogue

'There is one guarantee with this book: it will make you stop and think ... Tolentino's writing will leave you feeling a bit more humble, and a bit more intelligent' Independent

'Hardcore modern intellectualism with a side of memes' Daily Telegraph

'A page-turning holiday read' Elle

'An astute and exciting new voice' Financial Times (Books of the Year)

'A bold and playful collection from a hugely talented writer' Guardian

'The best young essayist at work in the United States' Rebecca Solnit

 

Author Biography

Jia Tolentino is a staff writer at The New Yorker. She grew up in Texas, attended the University of Virginia, and served in Kyrgyzstan in the Peace Corps. She received her MFA in fiction from the University of Michigan. She was a contributing editor at The Hairpin and the deputy editor at Jezebel. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, Time, Grantland, Slate, Pitchfork, Bon Appetit, Spin, and Fader. She lives in Brooklyn.
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