Rachel Bloom Announces Book ‘I Want to Be Where the Normal People Are’

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Rachel Bloom, the co-creator and star of the musical dramedy show, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, just announced her book! Coming out Nov. 17, 2020, I Want to Be Where the Normal People Are is an exploration of insecurity, fame, and anxiety, in the form of Bloom’s hilarious personal essays, poems, amusement park maps, and even a musical! Bloom “writes about everything from her love of Disney, OCD and depression, weirdness, and female friendships to the story of how she didn’t poop in the toilet until she was four years old; Rachel’s pieces are hilarious, smart, and infinitely relatable (except for the pooping thing).” She also announced that she would be narrating the audio version.

In her “Fan Club” email, she wrote:


I could write a whole thing here about how much the world has changed, how we’re living in a sci-fi universe and how much I hope you’re staying safe, but since every corporation has already beat me to that in their newsletters (“2020 is a #dumpsterfire. Stay in. Order Domino’s”), I’ll get to the point: my book comes out on November 17th and it’s called I Want to Be Where the Normal People Are. When I wrote it in the Before Times, it was a comedic but vulnerable piece about my relationship to the idea of normalcy. It’s still that but, since the idea of “normal” has now been shot in the head execution-style, this book can also be used as a way to escape to a simpler time. Either way, it’s a collection of personal essays, bad poetry, amusement park maps, and even a full-length musical. I’m very proud of it and, as you’ll see, the ending is a love letter to fans of my work.

Stay safe, wear a mask, order Domino’s,


Bloom will announce events for a virtual book tour soon, but in the meantime, you can pre-order I Want to Be Where the Normal People Are on Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, and Indiebound.

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Nicole joined Nerds and Beyond in 2019 and is excited to finally get back into writing. As a life-long nerdy fangirl from New Jersey, she loves Supernatural and its fandom as well as anything Wayward, Kings of Con, Lucifer, Wynonna Earp, and the musical Bandstand. She’s constantly listening to Louden Swain, The Station Breaks, Briana Buckmaster, The Avett Brothers, The Mots Nouveaux, or any of Aaron Mahnke’s podcasts. When she’s not [procrastinating] on Twitter, you can usually find her binging Netflix with her dog, reading fanfic, or daydreaming about being back in Arizona or Disney World!
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