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How to Leave: Quitting the City and Coping with a New Reality - Erin Clune - <span class="date-display-single">10/09/2018 - 7:00pm</span>

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

10/09/2018 - 7:00pm

Mystery To Me

An uproarious memoir/tongue-in-cheek guide to leaving the cool city in which you "found" yourself and moving somewhere far more ordinary.

 

So you escaped whatever humdrum little town you grew up in and moved to The Big City. Maybe it was New York. Maybe it was Seattle or Kansas City. Wherever it was, there was amazing stuff everywhere you turned: Ethiopian food! A movie theater that played documentaries! A hairstylist who knew what to do with frizz! You overlooked the proximity of your kitchen to your bed, and the fact that you had to take public transportation to see nature.

 

But then you got a job offer you couldn't refuse. Or you developed asthma. Or you got pregnant. Or you got pregnant for the second time and you couldn't use your closet as a bedroom for two babies. And you decided you had to leave.

 

When Frank Sinatra and Alicia Keys said that if you could make it in New York, you could make it anywhere, they probably weren't talking about whatever suburb you used to make fun of. Because it's hard to "make it" without world-class museums and gourmet food trucks. Erin Clune regales readers with priceless stories of her own experiences leaving New York for her hometown in Wisconsin, and provides a jocular but useful guide--for anyone leaving, or thinking about leaving, their own personal mecca--to finding contentment while staying true to yourself in a place far, far away from The City.

Erin Clune

About Presenter Erin Clune

 

Erin Clune is a writer who lives in Madison, Wisconsin. Her latest book is How to Leave: Quitting the City and Coping with a New Reality, and she is also an author of Sh*tty Mom for All Seasons (with Alicia Ybarbo and Mary Ann Zoellner).  She has a PhD in U.S. Southern History, and that degree looks really nice on the wall of her home office.  She has two daughters, two cats, one guinea pig, and a rather robust cocktail drinking habit.

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