May this be the first of many essay collections from Durga Chew-Bose! She gives an intimate look into the world of emotional growth as well as a deeper look at the sentimental human experience. Too Much and Not the Mood is a beautiful exploration of what it means to be a first-generation, creative young woman moving through the world at large. The title comes from Virginia Woolf who ended her entry in A Writers Diary with the words too much and not the mood. The attitude of that sentiment inspired this poetic collection of essays. Personally, being close in age with the author I found it not only relatable and inspiring but also it enlightened me to life experience mot my own. Chew-Bose is an inspired voice and should be heard.
"An entirely original portrait of a young writer shutting out the din in order to find her own voice"--