Somehow I Am Different

Narratives of searching and belonging in Jewish Budapest

In the News

Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news.
— Anne Frank

Somehow I Am Different is now officially available at a local Hungarian publishing house - Underground Kiadó - Szerkesztőség! For all those Hungarians who wanted to own a copy but were troubled by the shipping cost from the US, this is for you! For all those interested in a new cover design and a second copy, this is for you, too.

Feel free to spread the word and to buy your own copy here.

Underground Kiadó Szerkesztõség, February 2017


Somehow I Am Different was Named Kirkus Rewiews' Best of 2016 this morning! Thank you to everyone involved in helping this book come to life. Please spread the word, leave more love-filled reviews, and recommend Somehow I Am Different to your loved ones this holiday season.

Kirkus Reviews, December 2016


Somehow I Am Different was named one of the six Best Books of the Month for July 2016 by Kirkus Reviews!

Kirkus Reviews, July 2016


Kirkus Reviews asked Alyssa to write about her experience receiving a book review. Read a piece of her journey, "Bigger Than Big," now published here!

Kirkus Reviews, June 10, 2016


Somehow I Am Different has won first place in the New York Book Festival Biography/Autobiography/Memoir category! Congratulations to the other winners, runner-ups, and honorable mentions. We look forward to discussing and working with you! Thank you, New York Book Festival, for the wonderful honor!

New York Book Festival, June 4, 2016


We are thrilled to learn that Somehow I Am Different has been selected as Kirkus' Indie Books of the Month Selection for the month of July!

Keep an eye out for us in the July Kirkus Reviews magazine, Kirkus Reviews email newsletter, and Kirkus Reviews website.  Thank you for the incredible honor, Kirkus Reviews

Kirkus Reviews, May 20, 2016


Somehow I Am Different is the e-Book Cover Design Award Winner for March 2016 in Nonfiction at The Book Designer! Thank you, Dane at! The Book Designer describes our cover as, "A beautiful and sensitive cover that brings together disparate elements in a careful balance. It’s personal, historical, artful, and multi-layered all at the same time."

The Book Designer, April 25, 2016


Kirkus Reviews awarded Somehow I Am Different a Kirkus Star in their review of the new book! Chag Sameach, this Passover! Read the review on Kirkus here.

Kirkus Reviews, April 22, 2016


Strengthening Chicago's Youth (SCY) posted this morning on the SCY blog about Alyssa's publication of her first book! We're with you, SCY: Cheers to young adults domestically and abroad amping up their voices to become beacons of hope and social change.

Strengthening Chicago's Youth, March 25, 2016
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago


Somehow I Am Different made it to the New York University Silver School of Social Work home page! Read on about Alyssa's integration of writing and social work and let us know what you think.

New York University Silver School of Social Work, March 24, 2016


Acorn Author Services and Publishing is featuring Somehow I Am Different on their homepage this month in honor of the March 22 launch! Thank you, team! Read up on Somehow I Am Different here.

Acorn Author Services and Publishing, March 16, 2016


The Flea Theater announced 3 plays for Spring 2016, one of which is about the very community that Somehow I Am Different features. Congratulations to Sarah Gancher, I can't wait to see your play about the exuberant community of artists and activists in contemporary Budapest who are plagued by their oppressive government. Who's with me? Read on.

American Theatre, January 6, 2016


Somehow I Am Different features renown pastry chef Rachel Raj, the same Rachel Raj featured this week by Tablet Magazine! Learn more about her most famous dish here, and stay tuned for her full story on May 3!

Tablet Magazine, December 17, 2015


The first chapter of Somehow I Am Different is published! Meet Ádám, angsty teen turned reflective, inspiring young man here., November 24, 2015


Read Alyssa's published Op-Ed piece called "Hope for Syrian Refugees" to learn how refugees are treated in Hungary today and how that treatment mirrors treatment of Jews during WWII.

Jewschool,.com, November 10, 2015 writes about Mendel, son of Devora Hurwitz who is featured in Somehow I Am Different.

"For Mendel, adulthood is marked by a new and profounder way of thinking about the world and his place he occupies in it. Mendel's father couldn't be prouder of his inquisitive son. As he puts it, 'Questioning is the heart of Judaism.'", October 19, 2015

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