Somehow I Am Different

Narratives of searching and belonging in Jewish Budapest

About the Author

The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.
— M. Scott Peck

Alyssa Petersel, the author and editor of Somehow I Am Different: Narratives of Searching and Belonging in Jewish Budapest, was born and raised in New York. She earned two Bachelor's degrees in psychology and international studies at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Alyssa now lives in Brooklyn, New York and will complete her Masters in Social Work at New York University in 2017. She is a participating author in the Jewish Book Council 2016-2017 cohort and a nonfiction fellow at The Writer's Institute at CUNY Graduate Center.

In January 2015, Alyssa traveled to Budapest, Hungary on behalf of Somehow I Am Different, which documents the lives of twenty-one inspiring Hungarian individuals as well as Alyssa's eight-month journey and personal growth. This book serves to remind us that the decisions we make transform the people we become as well as the world in which we live.

Alyssa credits her incredible network of personal and professional supporters for making her book possible. “Though I traveled to Budapest alone, this work is a product of unconditional support from those around me,” she said. “I have never been alone, really, and I believe that when others feel the same way they can achieve anything.”

December 2016

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