The Weekend Effect

The Weekend Effect is Katrina Onstad's first nonfiction book.

Katrina Onstad


Encroaching work demands — coupled with domestic chores, overbooked schedules and the incessant pinging of our devices — have taken a toll on what used to be our free time: the weekend. With no space to tune out and recharge, every aspect of our lives is suffering: our health is deteriorating, our social networks (the face-to-face kind) are dissolving, and our productivity is down. The notion of working less and living more, once considered an American virtue, has given way to the belief that you must be "on" 24/7.

Award-winning journalist Katrina Onstad pushes back against this all-work, no-fun ethos. Tired of suffering from Sunday night letdown, she digs into the history, positive psychology and cultural anthropology of the great missing weekend and how we can revive it.

Onstad follows the trail of people, companies and countries who are vigilantly protecting their time off for joy, adventure and, most important, purpose. Filled with personal and professional inspiration, The Weekend Effect is a thoughtful, well-researched argument to take back those precious 48 hours and ultimately to save ourselves. (From HarperOne)

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From the book

This borderless work life is no longer just a freelancer's reality, or the domain of high-billing lawyers and Silicon Valley creative-class innovators. Post-recession, work means a patch-work of part-time gigs for many people, with no set pattern to the week. Millennials tend their brands around the edges of precarious work. My husband is a teacher, and he spends his nights and weekends managing emails from anxious parents and students, then scrambling back to his analog duties like marking and lesson planning. "It's like we're all doctors now, forever on call," I tell him, leaning in the doorway late at night, taking in the familiar sight of his back turned to me at the computer. "Really low-stakes doctors."

From The Weekend Effect by Katrina Onstad ©2017. Published by HarperOne.

Author interviews

Forget working for the same old weekend. Author Katrina Onstad wants you to strive for a weekend with meaning. 21:37