Jia Tolentino’s “Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion” is a collection of nine original essays that effortlessly weave in-depth reporting with research with Tolentino’s own personal history and unique experience. The result is unexpected yet familiar—contradictory yet logical.
A native Houstonian and staff writer for The New Yorker, she approaches a variety of important topics across the pieces, from sexual assault on college campuses to life under late capitalism to the grip of the Internet, reality TV and religion.
She questions our collective conscious, bringing equal parts lyricism and critique to her subjects—including herself. It is a collection that so vividly and wholly captures the Millennial experience and the forces that will shape generations to come.