THIS IS WHERE YOU BELONG: The Art and Science of Loving the Place You Live is on sale today. In the spirit of Gretchen Rubin’s megaseller The Happiness Project and Eric Weiner’s The Geography of Bliss, a journalist embarks on a project to discover what it takes to love where you live.
The average restless American will move 11.7 times in a lifetime. For Melody Warnick, it was move #6, from Austin, Texas, to Blacksburg, Virginia, that threatened to unhinge her. In the lonely aftermath of unpacking, she wondered: Aren’t we supposed to put down roots at some point? How does the place we live become the place we want to stay? This time, she had an epiphany. Rather than hold her breath and hope this new town would be her family’s perfect fit, she would figure out how to fall in love with it—no matter what.
In THIS IS WHERE YOU BELONG, Melody Warnick dives into the body of research around place attachment—the deep sense of connection that binds some of us to our cities and increases our physical and emotional well-being—then travels to towns across America to see it in action. The best ideas she imports to her adopted hometown of Blacksburg for a series of Love Where You Live experiments designed to make her feel more locally connected. What Warnick learns will inspire you to embrace your own community—and perhaps discover that the place where you live right now . . . is home.
Please join Melody for her upcoming events:
6/22 – Reading at Kramerbooks, 1517 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington DC – 6:30 p.m.
6/24 – Book launch party and mini “I Love Blacksburg” Fest, Alexander Black House, 204 Draper Road, Blacksburg, VA – 4-6 p.m.
11/5 – Texas Book Festival, on the grounds of the Texas State Capitol, Austin. Details to come.
Check out melodywarnick.com for more info!