Contemporary life – in all its shapes, sizes and imperfections – is the subject of Surreality, Carissa Villacorta's acclaimed collection of essays. As a young Filipina surrounded by people, events and experiences in New York City, she ponders on life's mysteries: its joys, conflicts, and compromises. More
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About Carissa Villacorta

“The most significant artworks are the ones you create yourself. And the most memorable New York spots are the places where you make memories.” - Carissa Villacorta

New York City is a gift to those who live a creative life, and one that Carissa Villacorta is happy to receive. Wondering and wandering being her two favorite activities, the city’s endless choices, offers, and corners provide inspiration to Carissa’s writings.

As a full-time author, feature writer and PR practitioner, Carissa Villacorta has made New York City her home, her office and playground for past decade. It has also been a place of reflection and wonderment, which Carissa documented in this book, Surreality - a book of essays about life in the city, which she launched in paperback in 2006, which she was 26.

Reading Surreality is sharing in Carissa's way of thinking, and way of life. In it, she shares her favorite philosophies and her tendency to uplift friends and readers who may not see the perennial rainbow in the sky. Lessons will always be ours to keep. What use are experiences if there are no lessons? What use are lessons if they are not learned? These are the thoughts that Carissa usually shares with a friend over coffee, or over a mojito. But pending those one-on-one conversations, which she loves, Carissa will speak with you in this way first. Someday, one sweet day, she'd love to hear your story too.

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