Trick Mirror
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.

Trick Mirror Details

TitleTrick Mirror
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 6th, 2019
PublisherRandom House
ISBN-139780525510543
Rating
GenreWriting, Essays, Nonfiction

Trick Mirror Review

  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    I'd read Jia Tolentino's grocery lists if she let me.
  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    It took me a while to get used to Jia Tolentino's style of writing (the essays jump around a bit at times and get a little stream of consciousness-y) but there are some real gems in this collection. For me she's at her best when talking about social media, gender, women and media, but I found something to admire or enjoy in almost all of the essays in this personal collection.Thank you Netgalley and 4th Estate for the advance copy, which was provided in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Ash
    January 1, 1970
    I've been waiting for this book! She's written so many great, important things, but my favorite is still this review of 'Rude' for The Hairpin.
  • Alice
    January 1, 1970
    I had to take breaks between these essays. They are so sharp and juicy and confronting, and needed time to absorb. This is the kind of book that makes you want to avoid reading anything else for a while, so that its ideas can keep ping-ponging around your brain undiluted. Between the waves of dread and horror at what the world (and more specifically, my own generation) has become, this book has also given me a thread of hope and clarity as to how I might change my habits, expectations, and value I had to take breaks between these essays. They are so sharp and juicy and confronting, and needed time to absorb. This is the kind of book that makes you want to avoid reading anything else for a while, so that its ideas can keep ping-ponging around your brain undiluted. Between the waves of dread and horror at what the world (and more specifically, my own generation) has become, this book has also given me a thread of hope and clarity as to how I might change my habits, expectations, and values for the better, attempting some degree of escape from the raging mess that we all watch and participate in almost constantly through our screens..
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  • Morgan Schulman
    January 1, 1970
    I received an advanced readers copy in exchange for an honest review An intellectual stream-of-consciousness meander through every facet of popular culture, some twists more interesting than others, but all insightful and rewarding.
  • Elizabeth Willis
    January 1, 1970
    Stunningly good.
  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Jia Tolentino does some of the most insightful cultural thinking today, in some of the clearest and most crystalline prose, and also in this book there was a passage about “witnessing the Ann Arbor queef attack.” You literally can’t ask for more
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