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Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino
Essays

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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Member ratings (2,321)

  • Faith Avilene D.

    Metairie, LA

    Whipsmart, simultaneously hilarious, horrifying, and thought-provoking examination of modern life. Bookworms will enjoy the “Pure Heroines” essay; I relished that Tolentino also loves Claudia Kincaid!

  • Amelia P.

    Molalla, OR

    I would not really consider myself a “woke” person, sometimes I even feel guilty for that, but the Seven Scams essay made me realize why I don’t want to be awake and aware in this nightmare world.

  • 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

  • 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”

  • 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.

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