Vesper North reviewed YOU ARE WHAT YOU RISK: The New Art and Science of Navigating an Uncertain World for the Los Angeles Review of Books in “Risk Management and its Discontents,” published May 28, 2021.
“Wucker offers a cultured, societal, gendered, and generational look at risk across the world,” North wrote, noting the book’s timeliness. “This era of COVID-19 has caused division, confusion, and desperation. In 2020, the number of new business applications jumped nearly 27 percent from 2019. As the pandemic has wreaked financial hardships in the United States, people and businesses are widely redefining risk. In the food service industry, restaurants have struggled to maintain staff as workers have used the forced time off to explore other career options. Her book guides those who may need a proper push forward.”
“Wucker avoids hand-holding. Instead, she trusts the reader to draw their own conclusions and make their own decisions. She refrains from pressuring the reader to adopt her risk-taking philosophy, imparting a strong sense of agency.”
“Risk changes depending on the point of view. Wucker defines it both pragmatically and poetically,” North concluded.