NON-FICTION BOOK OF THE MONTH
How We Became So Self-Obsessed and What It’s Doing to Us by Will Storr
We are supposed to be slim, prosperous, happy, extroverted and popular. This is our culture’s image of the perfect self. We see this person everywhere: in advertising, in the press, all over social media. We’re told that to be this person you just have to follow your dreams, that our potential is limitless, that we are the source of our own success. But is this really true?
An engaging, and timely book about the trend of narcissism and self-obsession, which are sinister symptoms of our people’s anxiety and dissatisfaction with their life. The author explores the concept of the self, how and why we became so self-obsessed, and the danger this poses in modern society.
Will Storr is a journalist and novelist who has written for the Guardian, Sunday Times, Observer, Esquire, New Yorker and more.