Published by Penguin Canada
The author of I’m Afraid of Men lets readers in on the secrets to a life of reinvention.
Vivek Shraya knows this to be true: people change. We change our haircuts and our outfits and our minds. We change names, titles, labels. We attempt to blend in or to stand out. We outgrow relationships, we abandon dreams for new ones, we start fresh. We seize control of our stories. We make resolutions.
In fact, nobody knows this better than Vivek, who’s made a career of wearing many hats: artist, performer, musician, writer, model, teacher. In People Change, she reflects on the origins of this impulse, tracing it to childhood influences from Hinduism to Madonna. What emerges is a meditation on change itself: why we fear it, why we’re drawn to it, what motivates us to change, and what traps us in place.
At a time when we’re especially contemplating who we want to be, this slim and stylish handbook is an essential companion—a guide to embracing our many selves and the inspiration to discover who we’ll become next.
- Cover design by Jennifer Griffiths
Musician and artist Shraya weaves savvy cultural criticism with raw personal reflections in this masterful investigation of reinvention.
A binary- and label-smashing examination of the infinite vastness of the self. Vivek’s introspection of her own life’s archive offers invaluable insight into how we define ourselves. My future self will definitely be bringing a copy to my younger self when we finally get those time machines built!
At once personal and philosophical. A must-read for our times, as we flounder with the particular and universal nature of change.
Vivek has redefined my view of what change can be, how not to fear it. Change is evolution.
A profound and thoughtful meditation on who we are and what it means when we change. Vivek Shraya’s personal journey touches on the universal and enfolds us all.
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