Melody Warnick

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Melody Warnick is the author of This Is Where You Belong (Viking, June 2016), a nonfiction book about what makes us fall in love with the towns and cities where we live—and why it matters. A native of California, a chronic mover, and now a resident of Virginia, she loves small towns, big cities, placemaking, parades, bookstores, and libraries.

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Melody Warnick Hi, Richard, thanks for the question! My family left Austin ostensibly for the same reason your cousin is moving -- a job change. But there was a big…moreHi, Richard, thanks for the question! My family left Austin ostensibly for the same reason your cousin is moving -- a job change. But there was a big part of me that had become addicted to the idea of starting over elsewhere. I was constantly hunting for some magical Shangri-La that would make my life better, and Blacksburg, Virginia, at first was not that. But I stay now because it's come to feel like home. How that happened for me is what the book explains, but here's a spoiler: It takes time and effort, but I think you can feel at home almost anywhere . . . if you want to.(less)
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Issue 30: In Praise of the Standing Date

For the past few months, the women at my church have been joining small interest groups—you know, like Meetups, but slightly more old-fashioned. Book club is an old standby, but now there’s a knitting group, a play group, a quilting group, a family history group, and so on. I was put in charge of the lunch group, because eating at restaurants is one of my core competencies. All I do is set a da...

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Crazy visions, seismic activity, and yet the ending still fell flat for me.
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Deepened my understanding of the Atonement of Jesus Christ in the right way at the right time.
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As the mother of a high school senior, I found this narrative nonfiction book super stressful—but in the end the stories of applying to college (and sometimes getting in) were helpful and hopeful.
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Note to self: Falling asleep listening to the audiobook on a red-eye to London does NOT enhance the reading experience.
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Entrepreneurs don't ask permission, they just do things—a pretty good model for the rest of us.
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Quirky and slow-moving, with a misleading cover, but I truly enjoyed all the references to British junk food.
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Confession: I neglected my kids to finish this book.

Edited to add: Reread #2 was just as satisfying, particularly my standard end-of-book cry.
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“We speak of searching for happiness, of finding contentment, as if these were locations on an atlas, actual places that we could visit if only we had the proper map and the right navigational skills.”
Melody Warnick, This Is Where You Belong: The Art and Science of Loving the Place You Live

“What could I do to feel happier living here? …
1. Walk more.
2. Buy local.
3. Get to know my neighbors.
4. Do fun stuff.
5. Explore nature.
6. Volunteer.
7. Eat local.
8. Become more political.
9. Create something new.
10. Stay loyal through hard times.”
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“Faced with developing a brand-new social network [after having moved cross-country to a new city], her approach was: Show up to everything; talk to everyone.”
Melody Warnick, This Is Where You Belong: The Art and Science of Loving the Place You Live

“Saying 'I notice you're a nerd' is like saying, 'Hey, I notice that you'd rather be intelligent than be stupid, that you'd rather be thoughtful than be vapid, that you believe that there are things that matter more than the arrest record of Lindsay Lohan. Why is that?' In fact, it seems to me that most contemporary insults are pretty lame. Even 'lame' is kind of lame. Saying 'You're lame' is like saying 'You walk with a limp.' Yeah, whatever, so does 50 Cent, and he's done all right for himself.”
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“A place belongs forever to whoever claims it hardest, remembers it most obsessively, wrenches it from itself, shapes it, renders it, loves it so radically that he remakes it in his own image.”
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