Audio Journeys: Tara Henley

Discover Tara Henley’s latest work, Lean Out, ahead of her Instagram Live chat with Mandy Len Catron on Monday, April 6 at 5pm.

Work culture got you down? This month we’re recommending Tara Henley’s newly released and highly anticipated title Lean Out: Meditations on the Madness of Modern Life, released this week by Penguin Random House Canada. Narrated by the author herself, Lean Out tracks Henley’s journey from the heart of the connected city to the fringe communities that surround it. From early retirement enthusiasts in urban British Columbia to moneyless men in rural Ireland, Henley uncovers a parallel track in which everyday citizens are quietly dropping out of the mainstream and reclaiming their lives from overwork. Underlying these disparate movements is a rejection of consumerism, a growing appetite for social contribution, and a quest for meaningful connection in this era of extreme isolation and loneliness.

Part memoir, part travelogue, and part investigation, Lean Out is a treasure of insight and reassurance that burn-out doesn’t have to be the end.

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Lauren Dembicky