cover image Find Your Unicorn Space: Reclaim Your Creative Life in a Too-Busy World

Find Your Unicorn Space: Reclaim Your Creative Life in a Too-Busy World

Eve Rodsky. Putnam, $27 (304p) ISBN 978-0-593-32801-9

Overburdened women are issued a “permission slip” to explore their creativity in this energizing invitation by Rodsky (Fair Play) to pursue passion projects. Much of the guide deals with how to carve out time for such endeavors, which she terms “the unicorn space.” Rodsky helpfully breaks down common obstacles, both external and self-imposed (key is “learning to say no”), and reminds readers, “You won’t find untouchable space and time... you have to assert and create it.” She takes aim at the guilt-driven sense of constant obligation people often feel and offers concrete tips for enlisting the help of partners in assigning equal time for individual pursuits. She goes on to detail the process of creative exploration, broadly defined as anything that piques curiosity and fulfills personal values. While this brand of creativity boosterism is not especially novel, what resonates are the challenges to reconnect to one’s values and dream big. The stated audience is gender inclusive, but the takeaways will be particularly relevant to women raising children while balancing other commitments. Whimsical design details and plentiful stories round out an attractive package. It would make for a welcome gift passed around the late-night PTA crowd. Agent: Yfat Reiss Gendell, YRG Partners.(Dec.)