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Too Much and Not the Mood by Durga Chew-Bose
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really liked it

This lyrical collection of essays touches on experiences of girlhood, ethnicity and geography, class and what it means to be part of a family.

The first essay takes up just under half the book, & had me utterly on board. Chew-Bose moves between ideas with incredible grace, & she's easy to trust through a series of lateral movements. Each essay seems to spin far from its original thought, but swings back around like some kind of miracle.

There's a steep dip in the middle, where the essays lacked the motivation of the first. But essays in the final third came back particularly strong. The essays on tanning, the politics of mishearing someone's name, and living alone were less poetic in tone but still beautifully written.

I will pick up whatever she writes next; this collection is very good and a strong start.

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Reading Progress

July 1, 2017 – Shelved
July 2, 2017 – Started Reading
July 16, 2017 –
page 95
July 23, 2017 –
page 157
July 25, 2017 – Finished Reading

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