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Durga Chew-Bose has a voice like a much-needed glass of ice water: biting, refreshing, entirely nourishing. In Too Much and Not the Mood, Chew-Bose ponders what it means to be a woman today, at once both engaging with and creating the world around her. She is without limits. This book is a beautiful and necessary little reminder of the wonders of what the love of language and life can do— From Claire
A 2017 NPR Books Staff Pick and a NYLON Favorite Nonfiction Book of 2017
From Durga Chew-Bose, "one of our most gifted, insightful essayists and critics" (Nylon), comes "a warmly considered meld of criticism and memoir" (New Yorker), a lyrical and piercingly insightful debut collection of essays about identity and culture.
Too Much and Not the Mood is a beautiful and surprising exploration of what it means to be a first-generation, creative young woman working today. On April 11, 1931, Virginia Woolf ended her entry in A Writer's Diary with the words "too much and not the mood" to describe her frustration with placating her readers, what she described as the "cramming in and the cutting out." She wondered if she had anything at all that was truly worth saying.
The attitude of that sentiment inspired Durga Chew-Bose to gather own writing in this lyrical collection of poetic essays that examine personhood and artistic growth. Drawing inspiration from a diverse group of incisive and inquiring female authors, Chew-Bose captures the inner restlessness that keeps her always on the brink of creative expression.