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Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino

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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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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Member ratings (2,211)

  • Isobel M.

    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”

  • Chelsey N.

    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

  • Taylor W.

    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.

  • Natalie B.

    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.

  • Caroline B.

    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!