Nancy Rommelmann's work appears in the LA Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Reason, and other publications.
TO THE BRIDGE, A True Story of Motherhood and Murder (Little A, July 2018)
“Rommelmann's investigation manages to be both a tonic meditation on the limits of knowledge and a bracing defense of its pursuit.” - Matt Welch, Reason Best of 2018
“In TO THE BRIDGE, Nancy Rommelmann takes what many consider the most unforgivable of crimes—a mother set on murdering her own children—and delivers something thoughtful and provocative: a deeply reported, sensitively told, all-too-relevant tragedy of addiction and codependency, toxic masculinity, and capricious justice. You won’t be able to look away—nor should any of us.” - Robert Kolker, author of LOST GIRLS
“How do you understand the not understandable and forgive the unforgivable? So asks one of the characters in this clear-eyed investigation into something we all turn away from. TO THE BRIDGE is tour-de-force of both journalism and compassion, in the lineage of such masterpieces In Cold Blood and The Executioner’s Song. Word by word, sentence by sentence, Rommelmann’s writing is that good. And so is her heart.” - Nick Flynn, author of ANOTHER BULLSHIT NIGHT IN SUCK CITY
"Unrelenting... A painstaking and meticulous exploration of all the facts and conjectures surrounding a disturbing case." - Kirkus Reviews
"Rommelmann employs compassion and emotional honesty in her investigation to try to comprehend the motivations behind the crime and its aftermath." - Publishers Weekly
"What emerges from [TO THE BRIDGE's] chorus of voices and perspectives, among them Rommelmann’s own as both mother and writer, is a story of addiction, abuse, neglect, alcoholism, deceit, and systemic failure. It’s an emotionally honest, meticulous examination of a confluence of circumstances that culminated in a deadly act, and the complicity of our own city and culture in its aftermath." - Portland Monthly
[TO THE BRIDGE] is a remarkable work: not a whodunit but an inquiry into why. Rommelmann doesn't find an easy solution, but neither does she settle for platitudes about the unknowability of the human heart. - Willamette Week
Writing for The New Yorker, Ian Parker documents one of the best examples I have seen of the ravenous of the charming sociopath, all the earmarks ablaze - fake illnesses, unstoppable lying, childhood abuse, the knives that come out if you cross him/her. Right in my wheelhouse and a must-read. Read the story here.
New from me at Reason: A Portland City Council meeting on February 8 passed a resolution aimed at banning hate groups. How these groups are to be identified was not on the agenda…
On the Reason podcast: Journalists Nancy Rommelmann and Leah McSweeney make no apologies for critiquing what they've called the "toxic femininity" of Asia Argento and the anti-Semitism of some of the leaders of this weekend's Women's March in Washington, D.C. Tune in here.
Title does not have anything to do with a store we passed yesterday in the Washington somethingorother mall called LOVESAC…
… This is where I will be reading Saturday at 12:45, @PDXArtMuseum, as part of #PDXBookFest. They placed me next to the painting at left (“Mother and Child”). We saw yesterday, during a little recon, what was on the right…
Few things I enjoy more than spending time with the brilliant/badass people from Reason, and super-stoked to have had the chance to podcast with Katherine Mangu-Ward, editor-in-chief of Reason Magazine, about “To the Bridge," the state of journalism, and why “the tit pic is not the problem.”
Listen to the whole thing here
This Wednesday 7/25. And it's at a bar so, #twobirdsonestone
"Friends of Amanda, including college classmate Tiffany Gray, were forced in the aftermath to reconcile the vivacious young mother they had known with the woman who committed an act so monstrous as to be nearly inconceivable…”
"An emotionally honest, meticulous examination of a confluence of circumstances that culminated in a deadly act, and the complicity of our own city and culture in its aftermath."
I am privileged to be in-conversation on May 17 with Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich, author of The Fact of a Body, a Murder and a Memoir. We will be at Powell's Books on Hawthorne at 7:30pm, details here.