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Having and Being Had

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Having and Being Had

A timely and arresting new look at affluence by a New York Times bestselling author.

“My adult life can be divided into two distinct parts,” Eula Biss writes, “the time before I owned a washing machine and the time after.” Having just purchased her first home, she now embarks on a roguish and risky self-audit of the value system she has bought into. The result is a radical interrogation of work, leisure and capitalism. Described by the New York Times as a writer who “advances from all sides, like a chess player,” Biss brings her approach to the lived experience of capitalism. Playfully ranging from IKEA to Beyoncé to Pokemon, across bars and laundromats and universities, she asks, of both herself and her class, “In what have we invested?”

Having and Being Had
by Eula Biss

  • Publication Date: September 1, 2020
  • Genres: Nonfiction, Social Sciences
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Riverhead Books
  • ISBN-10: 0525537457
  • ISBN-13: 9780525537458