Named one of the most anticipated books of 2018, I Don’t Belong Here follows the 2016 publication of my four-time award-winning memoir Realizing River City.
I Don’t Belong Here
is available online on Amazon
and through my website
. You can also pick up a copy at The Grey Wolfe Scriptorium in Clawson, MI, and Epilogue Books in Rockford, MI. I hope to add more small bookstores to the list in the months to come. You can always ask your local bookstore and your public library to order it for you, too.
Here’s a sampling of what people are saying about I Don’t Belong Here:
“The greatest challenge for a writer is to appear emotionally naked on the page and make that seem completely natural. Melissa Grunow does this with audacity, aplomb, and grace. Grunow illuminates 21st-century issues regarding sex, body image, emotional stability, and self-realization with a fearlessness that few others can match. This is a book whose moment in history is exactly now.”
–Sue William Silverman, author of The Pat Boone Fan Club: My Life as a White Anglo-Saxon Jew
“Melissa Grunow’s I Don’t Belong Here is a collection of deeply insightful, personal essays written with both a clear eye and a canny pen. Artfully written, the essays do almost all of the things an essay can do–there is, in the pages of this book, a master class on formalism in creative nonfiction. All of that art is brought to bear on Grunow’s unsugared understanding of her life and her experiences; an understanding that is often difficult but never uncomfortable. Like all good literature, it leaves the reader with a greater understanding of what it means to be human.”
–Sarah Einstein, author of Mot: A Memoir
“Intimate. Beautifully written. Honest. Melissa Grunow’s essays are written with such a personal finesse that at times it feels as though you’ve stumbled upon private writings. Her fearlessness is captivating and addicting.”
–Bryce David Salazar, author of She Sees Metaphors and Tales of Timeless Springs
The Detroit Area Book Launch for I Don’t Belong Here will take place at 7 p.m. on September 29 at The Grey Wolfe Scriptorium, 145 E. 14 Mile Road, Clawson, MI 48107.
The NYC Book Launch Party for I Don’t Belong Here will take place at 7 p.m. on October 11 at KGB Bar,
85 E 4th St, New York, NY 10003.
More events will be added soon (include Austin, TX, and Chicago, IL), so please check my Facebook Author Page or my website for details.
Please consider buying the book, requesting it through your local bookstore and library, teaching it in your creative writing classes, selecting it for your book club, adding it to your Goodreads “to read” list, writing a review, and just spreading the word.
I am also available for college/university presentations and readings, reading series events, book signings, interviews, Skype talks, panel discussions, classroom visits, and more. Please reach out and we can talk details.
Thank you for your support!
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Author of I Don’t Belong Here: Essays (New Meridian Arts Press, 2018)
Author of Realizing River City: A Memoir (Tumbleweed Books, 2016)
– Winner of the 2018 Book Excellence Award in the Memoir Category
-Winner of Silver Medal in Nonfiction-Memoir from Readers’ Favorite International Book Contest
-Winner of Second Place-Nonfiction Book of the Year Awards from the Independent Author Network (IAN)
-Winner of “Outstanding Memoir” category from IAN
-Finalist in the “First Book, Nonfiction” category from IAN
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