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Too Much and Not the Mood


Too Much and Not the Mood


by Durga Chew-Bose

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.

"Part memoir and part cultural critique, Too Much and Not the Mood is a sweeping and lyrical collection that I find myself returning to again and again. In one of my favorite essays, a  mediation on an emoji (the building with the letter “H” on it, with a floating heart above) leads to an exploration of nostalgia, beauty, and wonder. Throughout the collection, Chew-Bose masterfully explores the facets of the human experience, both large and small, both public and private. Chew-Bose writes with wisdom, attention, and emotion, and so often I found myself thinking “I thought I was the only one,” as she gracefully described things I could never quite find my own words for." —Sarah

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