Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion Audiobook, by Jia Tolentino Play Audiobook Sample

Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion Audiobook

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Read By: Jia Tolentino Publisher: Random House Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 6.50 hours at 1.5x Speed 4.88 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: August 2019 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9780525624462

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70:00 minutes

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12 seconds

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41:51 minutes

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “From The New Yorker’s beloved cultural critic comes a bold, unflinching collection of essays about self-deception, examining everything from scammer culture to reality television.”—Esquire   Book Club Pick for Now Read This, from PBS NewsHour and The New York Times • “A whip-smart, challenging book.”—Zadie Smith • “Jia Tolentino could be the Joan Didion of our time.”—Vulture FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE’S JOHN LEONARD PRIZE FOR BEST FIRST BOOK • NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY AND HARVARD CRIMSON AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review • Time Chicago Tribune • The Washington Post • NPR • Variety • Esquire Vox • Elle • GlamourGQ • Good Housekeeping The Paris Review • Paste • Town & Country • BookPage Kirkus Reviews • BookRiot Shelf Awareness Jia Tolentino is a peerless voice of her generation, tackling the conflicts, contradictions, and sea changes that define us and our time. Now, in this dazzling collection of nine entirely original essays, written with a rare combination of give and sharpness, wit and fearlessness, she delves into the forces that warp our vision, demonstrating an unparalleled stylistic potency and critical dexterity. 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 through a culture that revolves around the self. In each essay, Tolentino writes about a cultural prism: the rise of the nightmare social internet; the advent of scamming as the definitive millennial ethos; the literary heroine’s journey from brave to blank to bitter; the punitive dream of optimization, which insists that everything, including our bodies, should become more efficient and beautiful until we die. Gleaming with Tolentino’s sense of humor and capacity to elucidate the impossibly complex in an instant, and marked by her desire to treat the reader with profound honesty, Trick Mirror is an instant classic of the worst decade yet. FINALIST FOR THE PEN/DIAMONSTEIN-SPIELVOGEL AWARD FOR THE ART OF THE ESSAY

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“Every single essay in Jia Tolentino’s debut collection, Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion, is a standout…Tolentino narrates the essays herself, which emphasizes her sharp wit and adds an intimacy to the more personal stories.”

— BookPage (starred review) 


  • “Smart and stylish…plumbs the contradictions of contemporary life through essays that combine probing social analysis with wry personal anecdote.”

    — New York Times Book Review
  • “Makes for great listening…Tolentino narrates the essays herself, which emphasizes her sharp wit and adds an intimacy to the more personal stories.”

    — BookPage (starred audio review)


  • A BookPage Top Pick of Audiobooks
  • A #1 bestseller in Women Writers in Women's Studies
  • New York Times bestseller in Nonfiction
  • A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of the Week
  • A Top Ten New York Public Library Best Book of the Year
  • A BookPage Best Book of 2019 in Audiobooks
  • Longlisted for the 2020 PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay

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About Jia Tolentino

Jia Tolentino is a staff writer at the New Yorker and author of the New York Times bestseller Trick Mirror. Raised in Texas, she studied at the University of Virginia before serving in Kyrgyzstan in the Peace Corps and receiving her MFA degree in fiction from the University of Michigan. She was a contributing editor at The Hairpin and the deputy editor at Jezebel, and her work has appeared in the New York Times, New York Times Magazine, Time, Grantland, Slate, Pitchfork, Bon Appétit, Spin, and Fader.