Realizing River City

Realizing River City

by Melissa Grunow


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ISBN-13: 9781928094227
Publisher: Tumbleweed Books
Publication date: 09/05/2016
Pages: 148
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.32(d)

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ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite Realizing River City by Melisa Grunow is a gripping memoir that will rattle the emotions of readers, having them navigate the gray zones of loss, the power of compassion, and the excitement of hope. A story that answers the not-so-often asked questions of womanhood. The author takes readers through her numerous heartbreaks, abusive relationships, and her search for meaning in a world that is quite often lacking in charity and the basic values that make us human. In this memoir, she communicates the hope that everything can turn out just wonderfully well when we dare to risk giving ourselves another chance at creating the life we want. This is a powerful story, beautifully written in a style that is lyrical, friendly and seductive. One feels that the author writes straight from the heart, a gift which allows the reader to be emotionally connected to the protagonist. I loved the beauty of the prose and the author’s storytelling craft. The themes are so masterfully woven into the story that I found myself reflecting on them without losing anything in the narrative. Melisa Grunow’s reflections on relationships, womanhood, inner freedom, family and love are compelling. The writing has depth and it is very insightful and emotionally intense. The story is filled with the wisdom of the heart that will, undoubtedly, appeal to female readers. Realizing River City is written with surprising honesty and one has the impression of seeing through the veil into the nakedness of another soul. It is inspiring, engaging, and entertaining.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To Judy Steele Message body Looking for love in all the wrong faces. This is a compelling story of one woman's tale through the trail of wronged lovers, too long endured relationships, and mates who were not matches. The author tried relentlessly to force the the puzzle pieces of her various relationships to fit snugly together. All of the giving, caring, compassion, and money she gave to her mates and still the fit was not there. The author undauntingly pursued her search for love, acceptance, purpose and a true lover. She was originally convinced that her happiness and worth would be found wrapped in the warm embrace of her soul mate. Her quest was persistent, all consuming, relentless and heart breaking. Very thought provoking and relatable to my journey to find that elusive ever flitting thing called love, happiness and contentment. "Realizing River City" caused me to ponder: When is enough enough? What is the reason for existence? Can love be found in another? Is love really found in the face in the mirror? Thought provoking, personal, analytical, soul baring examination into the quandaries and mysteries of life connections encountered while chugging along the tracks of life. I recommend you read it to discover parts of you in her story. I did. Judy Steele author of, "Erupted and Evolved"
AvidBReader More than 1 year ago
Rare is the person who can look honestly at their life and relationship patterns, and then act on what they see. Many of us stumble through, blaming bad luck or bad men/women. Introspection takes much more courage, and I commend author Melissa Grunow for hers. It's hard to recognize why things are going sour when we have been taught to give more than we get, and to be compassionate and patient with others -- in other words, be nice. Being nice is fine unless you're always compromising or selling yourself short. Ms. Grunow endures and grieves the failure of a marriage and several relationships before she realizes it's "no use fighting with someone who didn't see me worth fighting for." When she makes this realization, she acts decisively and swiftly, so much so that she doesn't recognize her own assertiveness. As a reader, I was so invested in her fight that I wanted to give her a high five. That's the hallmark of a great read.
Beth_Rodgers_Author More than 1 year ago
'Realizing River City' is an unapologetic, stirring account of author Melissa Grunow's relationship history. This memoir chronicles her struggles as she tries, both figuratively and literally, at times, to keep her head above water. She paints a vivid, compelling picture of life through her eyes - a life in which she struggles to maintain a semblance of who she is all while weathering the storm that is her aggravating and heartbreaking relationships with men. 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
Ragamuffin More than 1 year ago
Grunow’s skillfully crafted memoir stuns readers with raw honesty in her search for a fulfilling and lifelong, romantic relationship. She expertly keeps the readers engaged as we follow her across the country and back again. She has us cheering for her and hoping for good things as the story moves along. We feel her defeat, confusion, passion and frustration page by page. This is the trademark of a great storyteller and this is what readers experience in Grunow’s memoir. The unfolding journey portrays Grunow’s growth as she draws strength from within herself and from those family and friends who are mutually supportive of one another. 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.