The Problem with Everything: My Journey Through the New Culture Wars

The Problem with Everything: My Journey Through the New Culture Wars

A NEW YORK TIMES 100 NOTABLE BOOKS OF 2019 SELECTION

From “one of the most emotionally exacting, mercilessly candid, deeply funny, and intellectually rigorous writers of our time” (Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild) comes a seminal new book that reaches surprising truths about feminism, the Trump era, and the Resistance movement. You won’t be able to stop thinking about it and talking about it.

In the fall of 2016, acclaimed author Meghan Daum began working on a book about the excesses of contemporary feminism. With Hillary Clinton soon to be elected, she figured even the most fiercely liberal of her friends and readers could take the criticisms in stride. But after the election, she knew she needed to do more, and her nearly completed manuscript went in the trash. What came out in its place is the most sharply-observed, all-encompassing, and unputdownable book of her career.

In this gripping new work, Meghan examines our country’s most intractable problems with clear-eyed honesty instead of exaggerated outrage. With passion, humor, and most importantly nuance, she tries to make sense of the current landscape—from Donald Trump’s presidency to the #MeToo movement and beyond. In the process, she wades into the waters of identity politics and intersectionality, thinks deeply about the gender wage gap, and tests a theory about the divide between Gen Xers and millennials.

This signature work may well be the first book to capture the essence of this era in all its nuances and contradictions. No matter where you stand on its issues, this book will strike a chord.

Title:The Problem with Everything: My Journey Through the New Culture Wars
ISBN:9781982129354
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  • Alexis

    I'm a few years younger than Meghan Daum. Not many; I'm still Generation X. I want my generational credentials known, so that my objections to this book cannot be characterized as millennial snowflake...

  • Walker

    This book, much like "Coddling of the American Mind" or Katie Herzog's twitter feed (where I first heard of the book) is the sort of thing that I need to read under the cover, when no one is looking. ...

  • Lee Klein

    I'm about a year younger than the author, attended an equivalent (possibly even more PC) liberal arts college, also used to drive a 20+-year-old Volvo, and my first concert was Laurie Anderson (the so...

  • Terzah

    This is the second book of essays by Meghan Daum that I've read, and I liked it even more than The Unspeakable. Its subject is the post-Trump strain of feminism to which American women these days are ...

  • Octavia (ReadsWithDogs)

    Wtf is this bullshit?! "Feminism has achieved many of it's goals"Oh really?🙃I don't really understand why this book needed to be written, but it's just her babbling her opinions that flip flop and ...

  • Megan

    I keep re-writing this review. I think that shows just how fraught these topics are and how scary it is to imagine being misunderstood on these topics. I keep imagining people reading this review and ...

  • Jaime

    I’ll be honest: I loved Daum when I was younger. Lately, she’s had some takes that I don’t love. But I wanted to read this....I skimmed much of it because after the first few chapters, I just co...

  • Carol

    I understand and respect the attempt to introduce nuance into our thoroughly degraded politics but alas, Daum isn’t up to the task despite believing stridently in her own intellectual rigor. She con...

  • Dragana

    5* doesn't mean this is perfect, nor the best essays ever, nor that it didn't read like solipsism on occasion. But much more often it made me want to jump off my couch, scream Yasss!, and pump-fist li...

  • Stefani

    Meanderings of a middle-aged cynic or the musings of a voice of reason? My vote goes to the latter, though I'm sure the millennials and Gen Ys that inspired this book already have a fatwa on Meghan Da...