How to Leave: Quitting the City and Coping with a New Reality

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Bloomsbury Publishing
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5.5 X 1.1 X 8.3 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author

Erin Clune is a journalist and comedic writer whose work is regularly featured on NPR's All Things Considered, PRI's To the Best of Our Knowledge, and in Medium, The Rumpus, and many other media outlets where information meets funny. She is also the co-author (along with Today show producers Alicia Ybarbo and Mary Ann Zoellner) of Sh*tty Mom for All Seasons. Clune lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with two kids, two cats, one husband, one dog, one guinea pig, and zero doormen.


"Clever and amusing . . . Clune's helpful narrative is peppered with entertaining anecdotes and humorous asides . . . This is a hilarious and comforting book for the recently relocated." --Publishers Weekly

"From the passive-aggressive code of the Midwestern 'I'm sorry' to the challenges of learning the local food culture, Clune walks through the four stages of relocation shock (and the many setbacks along the way) with the humor, empathy, and helpfulness of a good friend." --Booklist

"A wry debut by a humorist and journalist that combines memoir with tongue-in-check self-help . . . Even readers with no intention of uprooting their lives will likely be amused by Clune's low-key and relatable adventures." --Kirkus Reviews

"This hilarious memoir will resonate with anyone who's ever left the hustle and bustle of city life for a more quiet existence." - Real Simple, "Best Books of 2018"

"Clune's real strength is her nuanced understanding of the mixed emotions that go along with fumbled attempts to reestablish oneself in a new place. She has solid advice for making new friends and gives space to grieve friendships lost in the process . . . Relocating is difficult, but Erin Clune's humorous advice can make that transition a little easier." - Shelf Awareness

"How to Leave is destined to be turned into a network TV sitcom. Or at least it should be. I hope that Amy Poehler reads the book and realizes that she'd make a perfect Erin Clune." - Inside Higher Ed

"Sardonic and self-deprecating . . . it offers relatable observations and practical coping mechanisms for a very first-world prognosis." - The Sunday Times' Style magazine (UK)