Thursday, January 15, 2015

Straight Chatting from the Library - Who Am I? by Megan Cyrulewski

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What is the favorite book you remember as a child?

I love Christmas and The Polar Express was (and still is) one of my favorite books. I now read it to my daughter who loves the book and the movie.

What are you reading right now?

I’m reading “The Good Son.” It’s about Jackie Kennedy and her relationship with her son, John. I love American history.

What books do you have on hold at the library?

I am so bad because I always buy my books. I have a huge collection because one day (cross my fingers) I will have a library in my house. I’m a complete hoarder of books – I admit it!

E-Reader or print? and why?

There is nothing better that a book in my hand and that “new book” smell. I haven’t bought an e-reader…yet. I’m still trying my best to hold off!

One book at a time or multiples?

Only one. My mom can read multiple books at a time and I’ve never understood that!

Dog-ear or bookmark? (don't worry—Librarian Judith won't hold it against you—much)

Dog-ear or flap if it’s hardcover with a cover. What’s really bad is that my friends always buy me bookmarks. Sorry friends!

When do you do most of your reading?

I have to read before I go to bed. It’s my alone time after I put my daughter to bed.

Do you loan your books?

NO and I will tell you why: After the O.J. Simpson trial, Marcia Clark, the lead prosecutor, wrote a book. My mom, without asking, sent my copy to my brother in California! Of course I never saw it again! Ten years later, my mom bought me a new copy because she got tired of hearing me complain about it.

Re-reader or not?

Yes! Sometimes every couple of years, I get in the mood when I have to read all the books I have by the same author.


Megan Cyrulewski is an ordinary person who has faced extraordinary challenges and now wants to inspire people and show them that hope gives them the power to survive anything. Who Am I? is about her journey into postpartum depression, anxiety disorder, panic attacks, visits to the psych ward, divorce, domestic violence, law school and her courageous struggle to survive with her sanity intact - and how a beautiful little girl emerged from all this chaos.


Tyler was out of control—I had to stop him from taking my daughter...

Before I could even react, he snatched Madelyne out of my arms and put her in the back of his car. She started to hyperventilate.

“What are you doing?” I screamed.

Tyler ignored me as he tried to strap her in the car seat.

“Tyler! She’s terrified! You can’t do this! Let’s take her to a park or something. She has to calm down before she can go with you!” Was he crazy? How could he do this to his own child?

I squeezed in between him and the doorframe of the car door. “Tyler! Stop!”

“Don’t touch my car!” Tyler screeched as he tried to slam the door shut. I had my leg in between the door and the frame so he couldn’t close the door. I tried reaching Madelyne who was still wailing and howling. It was a horrific sound. All of a sudden, Tyler put me in a chokehold and dragged me from the car. I could see my dad out of the corner of my eye trying to get someone’s, anyone’s, attention.

“Help!” I screamed. “Help me!” But we were parked too far away from the actual police station and since it was Sunday, no one was around. “Someone help me. Please!”

Tyler tightened his arm around my throat. I couldn’t breathe. Oh my God, I thought. He’s going to kill me. Tyler was completely out of control. I knew if I didn’t do something soon, I was going to blackout.


Megan Cyrulewski has been writing short stories ever since she was ten-years-old. Eventually she settled into a career in the non-profit sector and then went back to school to get her law degree. While she was in school, she documented her divorce and child custody battle in her memoir, Who Am I?, which was published in 2014. Megan lives in Michigan with her 3-year-old daughter who loves to dance, run, read, and snuggle time with Mommy. Megan also enjoys her volunteer work with Troy Youth Assistance as the Fundraising Chair on the Board of Directors.
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  1. I enjoyed the interview. I don't loan my books out either because I know I'll never see them again. lol

  2. I love the new book smell, too!

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  3. Thank you so much for hosting me today! :)

  4. I liked the excerpt best. This book sounds like such an interesting and intriguing read. I will totally have to add this book to my "to-read" list.

  5. Excellent post! Today I liked the interview best! Can't wait to read this book!

  6. Enjoyed reading your review, thank you!