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  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt & Company (8 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805098313
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805098310
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 2.8 x 21.5 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,332,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A wonderful, witty account of growing up on a mini-golf course...In a droll, understated voice that recalls Dorothy Parker, Melby writes of the years her family owned and operated Tom Thumb . . . The book is packed with self-contained vignettes that have the shapeliness of a well-told joke." --The Christian Science Monitor

"Charming . . . This book is a ball . . .[Melby's] descriptions of this close-knit crew endear and amuse." --Bust

"Melby scores a hole-in-one with her hilarious and heartwarming tale of her childhood summers spent working on her family's miniature-golf course and her bittersweet final visit during its last season in business." --American Way

"[A] charming--and moving--debut work . . . It's all here: humorous memories of mishaps, adventure, as well as teenage frustrations and sibling rivalries, all told in Melby's amazingly deadpan voice." --Cedar Rapids Gazette

"A nostalgic, hilarious look at [Melby's] Midwestern upbringing." --Popsugar

"Wickedly funny . . . A warm and refreshing summer read, one that explores the meaning of family and the emotional significance of losing a childhood home." --Bustle

"A summer delight . . . Melby's ode to Wisconsin is rich with detail." --Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Nerdily, I most enjoyed the passages of the book that focused on running the course and how the family coped with a routine as daily as farming, only with more night hours... Middle children may relish June's accounts of sibling rivalry and envy...[Melby] has recaptured a family's life among the Windmills, putters and sno-cone machine." --Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"With every laugh, Melby's wise and warm and loving memoir delivers something else: something that will make us think, and smile, after we've dried our eyes and thought about our own lives and loves, in the way the best-told stories will tend to do." --The Decorah Journal

"Clever, outrageously funny . . . My Family and Other Hazards is a nostalgic look back at Melby's experiences and the inevitability of letting go of one's childhood." --Express Milwaukee

"Enchanting . . . An outpouring of tender, witty memories . . . Melby showcases her corny, unaffected Midwestern humor in this inspired work." --Publishers Weekly

"Witty . . . A lot of fun and enjoyable to navigate." --Kirkus

"[A] nostalgic read for those who want to travel back to bug-bitten summer days when nothing seemed more wondrous than a perfectly frothy puff of cotton candy after a hard-fought game of miniature golf." --Booklist

"My Family and Other Hazards is a winning, charming memoir about summers spent at a family-owned mini-golf course in Wisconsin. I would have loved this even if I wasn't the former Junior Putt-Putt Champion of Chautauqua, New York. Funny and nostalgic without being sentimental, Melby deftly captures her family's seemingly endless lakeside summers and the inevitable letting go of childhood. A perfect summer book." --Rob Spillman, editor of Tin House

"I bet you've never picked up a memoir about miniature golf before now. Neither had I! But June Melby's deeply funny and endearing book goes far beyond novelty to tell an evocative story about memory, family, and the perfection of Midwestern summers." --Wendy McClure, author of The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie.

"Thanks to June's witty and poetic recollections, you don't just read this book -- you become part of the Melby family. And that's a helluva ride, because besides being wildly funny, the Melbys have a lot to teach us all about the meaning of the word 'success.'" --Mishna Wolff, author of I'm Down

"In this utterly hilarious and deeply moving memoir, June Melby recounts her unusual childhood growing up in a family who ran a miniature golf course. Impossible to put down for its witty and conversational style, you'll turn the last page reminded that the places we call home are often carved from the times we feel the farthest from it. An impressive debut from a deserving writer." --Claire Bidwell Smith, author of The Rules of Inheritance

"My Family and Other Hazards is a perfect balance of wit and warmth: you start off laughing at a perfectly executed running joke about the forgotten youngest child or the portrait of a family's competitive, compulsive generosity, but by the end you realize June Melby has been building a rich, generous, and loving portrait of her parents all along." --Michelle Wildgen, author of Bread and Butter

About the Author

June Melby's work has appeared in McSweeney's, LA Weekly, and National Lampoon Magazine, among other places. In 2011 she was a Writing Fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and in 2003 received the International Artist Award and residency from the City of Hamburg Kulturbehorde (Cultural Affairs Department). In 2002 she was the winner of the Children's Poetry Award at the Edinburgh International Poetry Festival. She lives in Decorah, Iowa.


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