Praise for This Is Not The Story You Think It Is.

"Munson captures, with deepening poignancy and surprisingly good humor, the practical impossibility of remaining jujitsu-cool—denying anger and self-doubt—when her world appears to be coming apart at the seams." —Elle

"Ever hear about the power of positive thinking? Ever wonder what it looks like in real life? Ever run up against some rocky places in your relationship that scare the crap out of you? If you answered yes, read this book. Now. I for one devoured it in 24 hours. It's pure real life illumination." —--Dr. Christiane Northrup, Author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom

"Laura Munson takes the spiritual stuff and the personal stuff and the love stuff and the pain stuff and she brews them all together in a very fun and touching memoir. I'm a fan. This is a wonderful book." —Marianne Williamson, author of  The Age of Miracles, and A Return to Love

"THIS IS NOT THE STORY YOU THINK IT IS is true to its title. The book took me by surprise. I read it in one sitting and loved Munson's tone, wit, wisdom and writing." —Anita Shreve, author of The Pilot's Wife

"This book is fabulous. Laura Munson's noble quest to become the source of her own happiness will take you by the hand and heart as it guides you through the steps to living a life without suffering. Her story pulls back the curtain on the only magic we ever need to know: how to make the shift from fear to love." —Arielle Ford, author of The Soulmate Secret

"If there is justice, it will do very, very well. I like this book so much that I don’t want to quote, summarize, interpret—I just hope, if you’re in any kind of relationship, that you’ll get it and read it." —Jesse Kornbluth, The Huffington Post

"Quirky and surprisingly wise." —Vanity Fair

"Let me tell you what this book is about. This is a book about saying yes. It's the story of Laura Munson's alchemical ability to create abundance and bounty in the face of scarcity and abandonment—no small triumph. Munson’s account of the summer her marriage nearly fell apart is filled with gems big and small, from her Italian grandmother's cooking advice (don't stir backwards . . . you don't want to undo the sauce) to her commitment not to suffer. Munson is a wonderful guide-wise, brave, and tenaciously honest." —Melanie Gideon , author of The Slippery Year: A Meditation on Happily Ever After

"Laura Munson's powerful and buoyant book gives us wisdom in generous slices. But it is Munson's abilities as a storyteller that show us how to discover how to find and feel the real wisdom that may arise from our lives, as messy and heart-breaking as they may be. Woman, wife, mother, neighbor--this fine writer converts her own life's journeys into a series of vignettes so focused and compelling, so heart-breaking, sometimes so funny, that they resound with the force of parables." —David Baker, Poetry Editor of “The Kenyon Review,” Author of Never Ending Birds

"I loved this book. It's unusual, memorable, and wry; laugh-out-loud funny too." —Leslie Morgan Steiner, author of Crazy Love and Mommy Wars

"It's rare to read a story that is so deeply personal, so fraught with heartache, so nakedly honest, and at the same time infused with such astute wisdom. In a world that is increasingly disposable, plastic, where our self-worth is so often determined by external factors, Laura Munson has served up a whopping portion of sanity. This book has the potential to start a cultural revolution." —Leif Peterson, author of Catherine Wheels and Normal Like Us

"With amiability, wit, and a modicum of self-pity, Laura Munson's memoir reminded me of the twenty-one jars of organic tomato sauce she and her children hand-made. A chapter is like a jar lid: if it doesn't pop as the contents cool, the seal is faulty and the sauce is worthless. Exhausted from their all-day effort, mother and kids sipped hot chocolates and listened as twenty-one jars cooled. To their satisfaction, they counted twenty-one distinct pops. In reading this brave memoir I counted about the same." —David James Duncan, author of The Brothers K and God Laughs & Plays

"Laura Munson's memoir is a passionate, funny, and painfully honest account of how, in the midst of emotional crisis, one always has a choice between peace and suffering. Soulfully written and full of humor--this is a wise, wonderful book!" —Kirk Farber, Author of Postcards From a Dead Girl

"I cried and laughed so hard through these pages-often at the same time-that I thanked God I was alone in the privacy of my bedroom. Laura Munson is my new heroine. The wisest, most soulful, kick-ass friend any woman who's ever had grenades launched at her self-esteem or her belief in love could ask for. Read every page. To the end. And let it heal you to the bone." —Linda Sivertsen, author of Lives Charmed and Generation Green

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"It's the rare novel that nails the tone and tempo of what it feels like to embed with kindred spirits and share stories, joys and fears from the heart. Every reader will relate to this beautiful story in powerful and personal ways."
-Lee Woodruff, #1 New York Times bestselling author of In an Instant: A Family's Journey of Love and Healing

"I love this wonderful novel about women, friendship and our deep-rooted need for community. Laura Munson has created a memorable and deeply relatable character in Willa Sylvester. You'll want to give this book to your best friend the minute you finish reading it."
-Ann Leary, New York Times bestselling author of The Good Sense

"Willa's Grove is the book my heart needed right now... It's a love letter to female friendships, to the power of vulnerability, to the strength of community, and daring to live authentically. An absolute must-read."
-Julie Barton, New York Times bestselling author of Dog Medicine: How My Dog Saved Me from Myself