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Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino
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Trick Mirror

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by Jia Tolentino

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Essays for the modern millennial feminist, covering everything from social media to gender and faith.

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    Feminist

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Synopsis

Trick Mirror is an enlightening, unforgettable trip through the river of self-delusion that surges just beneath the surface of our lives. This is a book about the incentives that shape us, and about how hard it is to see ourselves clearly in a culture that revolves around the self. In each essay, Jia writes about the cultural prisms that have shaped her: the rise of the nightmare social internet; the American scammer as millennial hero; the literary heroine’s journey from brave to blank to bitter; the mandate that everything, including our bodies, should always be getting more efficient and beautiful until we die.

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1401 ratings
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  • Vineland, NJ

    I really really resonated with almost all the essays in this book. Especially the ones about heroines. Tolerating writes with such passion and elegance and reality that I couldn't help but be captivated

  • Brooklyn, NY

    Incredibly incisive, loved to tumble down the densely packed rabbit hole of Jia Tolentino’s mind. I especially loved “The Story of a Generation in Seven Scams” and “We Come From Old Virginia”

  • Madison, WI

    I want to shove this into the hands of everyone I know, especially other millennial women. It sounds so trite and overused, but I truly feel “so seen.” Every subject she touches is lofty & profound.

  • Locust Grove, GA

    I really enjoyed these essays. Every chapter, or short story, had a perfect theme that ties into what it’s like being a millennial. Tolentino covers so many topics that made me think, yep, that's it.

  • Columbus, MS

    This book is absolutely brilliant. So thought-provoking, smart, and fully realized. I hate to say something as cheesy as "Jia Tolentino is the voice of our generation" but... she very well might be!

  • St Petersburg, FL

    I read a lot of difficult nerdy books, and there were parts of this book that blew my mind. Jia, for someone so young, is brilliant and a great writer. I love reading her in the New Yorker as well!

  • State College, PA

    This was an add on that I admittedly picked because i liked the cover. Generally don't pick this type of read i enjoyed the combination of author life with current events and topical social events.

  • Saint Joseph , MI

    I loved every single essay I read in this and was super sad when I had finished it. Jia is someone I’d love to have as a friend. We think a like. I enjoy her perspective on life. Read this book!

  • Ventura, CA

    Each essay really is a “reflection on self-delusion” — every time I thought she was making a concrete point, she would pivot or doubt, which made for complex and thoughtful reading. LOVED IT!

  • Seattle, WA

    An amazing perspective on the ways we have been influenced that we never even thought about. Tolentino is a fantastic writer and does not spare herself while peeling back the layers of our biases.

  • San Diego, CA

    Sharp social commentary on pertinent issues from weddings to social media each critiqued admirably. Even if I don't agree with some views, it's a pleasure to read the elevated and witty criticism.

  • Buffalo, NY

    Thoughtful and well-written collection of essays that explore modern feminism from multiple view-points. My favorite essay in the collection — “The Story of a Generation in Seven Scams”.

  • Machesney Park, IL

    I absolutely loved this collection. Jia Tolentino is astoundingly observant of contemporary issues that shape our existence, emptying out our pockets to reveal each culpability, and catch-22.

  • Cincinnati, OH

    Wonderful. It is as if my experiences & thoughts have been put to paper. Each essay provides insightful barbs of truth which shatter the illusions we all share (if we are honest). Raw & honest.

  • Orange, CA

    Jia Tolentino is such a light; she's one of the smartest writers of our generation. Each chapter is a mini-lesson about our culture that needs time to get through, but they are all so worth it.

  • Denver , CO

    I love the way Jia thinks, and that all of these essays are on the theme of self delusion. I find myself grabbing for my highlighter for each essay, having found someone who thinks like I do.

  • Los Angeles, CA

    This book transcends whatever you think it is supposed to be. It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me think. Above all, it left an indelible impression. Could not recommend more highly.

  • Harrisburg, NC

    Trick Mirror took some time to read, Tolentino made so many deep and insightful points it took time to process each essay. What a poignant sythisis of so many issues plaguing females today!

  • Tacoma, WA

    This book is amazing. Jia Tolentino is one of the best public intellectuals we have, along with Roxane Gay. I feel 50x smarter and more informed about the world having read these essays.

  • Chicago, IL

    These deep, contemplative, and freshly insightful essays break down our concept of self in the age of social media. The essays run long, but otherwise these are smart and necessary works.

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