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Summer Reading 2020: ◦ Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion

Here's why Charisse chose Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion...

I heard Jia Tolentino's collection of essays is "fire" "electric" "unforgettable" and I'm excited to read it with you! She writes with searing irreverence, which I love about humans who write. There was one week last fall when I saw someone with Trick Mirror every time I rode MUNI so I'm excited to jump on the bandwagon. 

About the book

Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion
By Jia Tolentino

undefinedTrick 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 a 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. -- Goodreads


"It's easy to write about things as you wish they were—or as others tell you they must be. It's much harder to think for yourself, with the minimum of self-delusion. It's even harder to achieve at a moment like this when our thoughts are subject to unprecedented manipulation, monetization, and surveillance...Tolentino has managed to tell many inconvenient truths in Trick Mirror—and in enviable style. This is a whip-smart, challenging book that will prompt many of us to take a long, hard look in the mirror. It filled me with hope." —Zadie Smith

The author talks about the internet

About the reader

  Charisse Wu, 11/12 Grade Dean & History

Charisse previously recommended:

  • Stealing Buddha's Dinner by Bich Minh Nguyen
  • Pirate Women by Laura Sook Duncombe
  • The Bond by Robin Kirk