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Realizing River City Paperback – February 14, 2016
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"A deeply rich meditation on what it means to be a woman in a sometimes uncertain and complicated world, in relationship to men, but ultimately, and more importantly, to oneself. Melissa Grunow's Realizing River City raises just as many questions as it answers, circling back always, in beautiful prose and a clear, honest voice, to what it means to be alive, to love, and to be present for all of it." -Amina Cain, author of Creature and I Go to Some Hollow Empowering. Beautiful. Brave. These three words are the epitome of Melissa Grunow's Realizing River City. Traversing through personal transformations, the strength that lives within her memoir stems from Grunow's fresh writing and unrelenting honesty. She doesn't hold back when showing us the complexities of what it means and what it looks like to become an independent woman. This is a book about liberation. This is a book about revolution. This is a book that will live in your body long after you have finished it, a book that will embolden your life, always. -Chelsey Clammer, author of BodyHome Realizing River City is the compelling story of Melissa Grunow's search for love with all the wrong men. It's a story about loss, love, compassion, and finally redemption, as Grunow learns to stand on her own, embrace life's messiness, and forge ahead full of hope for the future. I was cheering for her as I turned the final pages! -Kate Hopper, author of Ready for Air and Use Your Words In her memoir Realizing River City, Melissa Grunow shares with honesty and clarity the often-precarious landscape of love, loss, and longing. Her book offers readers vibrant details of New Mexico and an intimate glimpse into a woman's persistent search for acceptance and positive relationships. -Dinty W. Moore, author of Crafting the Personal Essay Melissa Grunow has written an intimate exploration of need, desire, doubt, and survival; her memoir is remarkable for its heart-breaking honesty. -Robert Root, author of Happenstance and Postscripts: Retrospections on Time and Place
About the Author
Melissa Grunow is a regular contributing writer to Literary Arts Review and her work has appeared in Creative Nonfiction, River Teeth, New Plains Review, Blue Lyra Review, Temenos, and Yemassee, among many others. She is also a live storyteller who participated inthe 2016 Metro Detroit Listen to Your Mother show and regularly competes in The Moth StorySLAM. She has an MFA with distinction from NationalUniversity. Realizing River City is a Finalist in the 2016Independent Author Network Book Award in two categories: Memoir andFirst Book Nonfiction. More information can be found atmelissagrunow.com.
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Starting off early on detailing her life as a young twenty-something married woman, on to the string of unsuccessful relationships that gnaw at her until she realizes she needs to get out of them to save herself, she doesn't hold back. Her words keep the pages turning, wondering what will happen next and how it will all end up. Her path is not an easy one, but it is one that she navigates with as much dignity as she can. Yet her uncertainty about ever finding a solid, steady relationship is discussed throughout, and she pushes herself to do the right thing and take care of herself. As time and her relationships wear on, she knows that if she doesn't do this, she will never survive it all.
This unabashedly revealing tale is not only her story, but an instructive tale to women who may find themselves in Grunow's shoes. The way she tells her truth and comes to terms with her past and all its turmoil is heartening. Readers will instinctively feel connected with her and her troubles, as well as her strengths in the face of adversity. Her dedication to moving on and finding what is right for her is something that no one can take for granted.
Beth Rodgers, Author of 'Freshman Fourteen,' A Young Adult Novel
Grunow’s narrative ability stands out with her skill at weaving themes throughout the book with the opening on the rapids of the Rio Grande as an indication of the turmoil that will ensue throughout the book. It is truly a book that was hard to put down once I started it. She writes about her friends in such a way that I had my favorites and hated to see them move out of her life. And I loved Duke! You’ll just have to read the book to find out about him. Melissa Grunow is a woman following her heart where it leads in her memoir Realizing River City.