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 33: 10 Ways to Feel Cozier This Christmas

A few years ago I read a book about the Danish concept of hygge, which roughly translates to coziness or charm or, I don’t know, specialness. Hard to pin down and harder to say—aim for a Viking horn–like “HYOO-guh”—the concept nevertheless stayed with me for putting a name to a kind of cozy contentment I’d experienced before and kept trying to recapture, most notably at Christmas.

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Ah, so *this* is why Agatha Christie's sold 4 billion books.
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Such a beautiful book set in an alternate (or not-too-distant) future where most wild animals have gone extinct, and following the migration of the last of the Arctic terns mirrors Franny Stone's own peregrinations and search for love and home.
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The cover on this entertaining, excruciatingly detailed sociology of a very Halloween-y place gets five stars—and now I'm dying to visit Salem.
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More like interlinked stories than a novel, but with the most interesting characters, a setting I've never imagined, and a last chapter that gutted me.
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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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