Destiny

You sit in a cheap white folding chair, the sun beating down on your shoulders. Your entire life is beating down on your back. The stares of your family, his family, her family, everyone’s family are beating down on the back of your head. You sit there, wearing a gown that’s too big for you, too warm for this hot summer day and you wonder, “What’s next? Where do I go from here?” It’s only when you are standing in line for your name to be called, by some stranger you’ve never met but is apparently very important to the institution from which you are leaving, that you realize the answer: Everything, and everywhere. You will do everything, and you will go everywhere. The whole world is before you, and you are free. Each of the books in this capsule are meant to feel “yellow,” and will help you orient yourself in the world. Each of the books will give you hope. They will signal to you a bright future that lays ahead - if you’re willing to chase after it. This capsule comes with 3 books, one of which is a collection of essays.

  • Letter to My Daughter by Maya Angelou
  • Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
  • Veronika Decides to Die by Paul Coelho

Romance

When you close your eyes, you think of them. You think of their messy hair when they wake up in the morning, of their silly dance that is so sacred that only you have ever seen it. You carry them around in your heart like a child carries its blankie: comforted by its presence, afraid to let go. You think of the secrets you two have shared, in quiet voices, in the darkness. You count the days by how many breaths they have taken, how fast time flies when you’re with them, how many moments you have shared together, and how many infinities you have been apart. But romance doesn’t have to be cheesy, and it doesn’t have to be between two people who are fated to get married and live happily ever after. It doesn’t even have to be about love, as we know it. It can be about two odd friends who cherish each other’s company, two enemies who realize that the reason they are enemies is because of their mutual desire for companionship, or even two objects that work together in harmony. Romance is a word that describes an incomprehensible feeling -- more than just chemistry in your brain, more than a genre, and more than sex. It is being fully in the present, treating humans like we deserve to be loved. It is everything we should aspire to. Each of the books in this capsule are meant to feel “red,” and will bring feeling and passion to your life. Each of the books are romantic in their own, quirky ways. This capsule comes with 3 books, 2 of which are short story collections.

  • Laughable Loves by Milan Kundera
  • I Am an Executioner: Love Stories by Rajesh Parameswaran
  • The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak

Nostalgia

She is looking at the camera with a shy smile. She is a few years younger than you. You smile, sadly, at the innocence that bleeds through the picture. She has a brightness you haven’t seen in a long time -- some otherworldly quality that can’t be described but can be felt, even now, years after the picture was taken. It takes you a moment to realize that the person in the picture is you. In search of our true selves, we often look to the past. Who were we when we were younger, brighter, less cynical? Who were we before we had bills to pay, groceries to buy, appointments to make? When we look at a picture of ourselves, years ago, at a younger us, we try to find happiness that maybe wasn’t there. We ask questions that may never be answered. But perhaps, buried in the rough past, is a jeweled moment that is worth reliving. Each of the books in this capsule are meant to feel “blue,” and will bring that warm, bittersweet feeling of nostalgia to you. Each of the books are nostalgic in their own ways. This capsule comes with 3 books.

  • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Moshi Moshi by Banana Yoshimoto
  • Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert O Brien