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Too Much and Not the Mood

Essays

About the Book

From one of Canada’s most distinctive and intelligent emerging voices, a heartfelt collection of essays in Durga Chew-Bose’s captivating and truly inimitable style.

 

In Too Much and Not the Mood, Durga Chew-Bose flings us headlong into her most intimate philosophical, and occasionally brooding, thoughts. The result is a lyrical and piercingly insightful collection of essays and her own brand of essay-meets-prose poetry about identity and culture.

 

Reflective and highly astute, Chew-Bose invites readers to join in her search for a clearer understanding of who we are and the world we live in. This is a beautiful and surprising exploration of what it means to be a young first-generation writer today, shutting out the din in order to find her own voice.

 

Exhibiting the confidence of Lena Dunham, the honesty of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and the extraordinary vision of Zadie Smith, Too Much and Not the Mood is a stunning debut from an author who is sure to become one of this generation’s most esteemed voices.

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Critical Praise

“We’ve yet to read a single thing by Chew-Bose . . . that doesn’t make us pause and consider what a gift she has with words. Here’s how you know something has been written by Durga: . . . it stays with you long after you’ve read it-like, forever.” —Brooklyn Magazine

“If people aren’t reading Durga Chew-Bose’s essays, they aren’t living life to the fullest.” —Saeed Jones, Executive Editor for Culture at Buzzfeed

“Our generation has no one else like Durga Chew-Bose: a cultural critic who isn’t afraid to get personal, a romantic nostalgic with a lemony twist who applies her brilliance to life as it is currently lived. It’s a profound and glorious relief to encounter this book.” —Lena Dunham

“A tremendous comfort and a transporting experience. Durga Chew-Bose’s stunning prose elevates the subtleties of existence to a sphere that is both otherworldly and painfully recognizable, offering a panoramic view of her whole heart and mind. She is sure to leave her readers stunned.” —Tavi Gevinson

“Chew-Bose sees unfailingly well. Too Much And Not the Mood is a stunning debut and . . . the work of a mature and individual mind, insistent on the personal as well as the coolly philosophical, crafted to be carried around in pockets for years to come.” —Vinson Cunningham

“Too Much and Not the Mood by Durga Chew-Bose is transcendent and grounding. —The Globe and Mail

“Twists in language and heady cultural references elevate Chew-Bose’s debut above the recent crop of personal essay collections by young writers.”  —Publishers Weekly

“Her narrative style weaves memories together with quotable prose in a way that feels like you’re stepping into her wandering mind.” —Flare

“The prose is impressionistically dense, dazzling, quizzical, revealing, enamoured, and bitten with wonder.” —NUVO Magazine

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781443449090
  • ISBN 10: 1443449091
  • Imprint: HarperCollins Publishers
  • On Sale: 04/11/2017
  • Pages: 240
  • List Price: 24.99 CAD
  • BISAC1: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Women
  • BISAC2: LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Essays
  • BISAC3: LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Women Authors

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