Reviewed by Christian Sia
"This book is a powerful tool that creates a strong awareness of how our indifference, violence, and rejection can hurt others and rob them of their humanity."
The Volt Book Reviews on The Coil
"Grunow is proficient at dropping loaded sentences within a larger narrative. While reading a tightly constructed essay, you’ll get walloped with a line that takes you a minute to digest, causes you to reflect, to pause for meaning."
Interview with Melissa Grunow, Author of I Don't Belong Here
The Muffin, blog of WOW! Women on Writing
September 22, 2018
"I break a rule when I’m writing: I don’t think about audience. If I did, I would never be able to really dig into the darkest depths of what it is that I’m writing about."
The Coil Magazine
September 10, 2018
"Feeling isolated (whether it be self-inflicted or socially constructed) is both comforting and maddening. I could scream, or I could write about it. For me, it didn’t feel like I had any other choices. I had to write this book. I had to tell these stories."
Interview with Detroit Author Melissa Grunow
The D Brief
August 24, 2018
"There is a war on women in this country, and anyone who denies that simply isn’t paying attention."
Trailblazers: Rewriting the Narrative Series
June 12, 2018
"My advice for other women, particularly young women, who are writing personal essays or memoir is to prioritize your commitment to craft and to the truth. If you constantly worry what people might think when the work is published, then you’re never going to finish it."
"This is a book whose moment in history is exactly now." --Sue William Silverman