• Moments like jewels – the lovemaking, of course, how could I not love that! Other kinds of jewels, too. The memoir shares insights in a direct and  down-to-earth way. In between the reflections of a young woman’s challenging adventure-cum-career as a filmmaker in a war zone are phenomena, life beyond ourselves, shining forth.

    Yarrow, editor
  • Melissa’s true life story is not only fascinating but she had me riveted to every word on the page.  Her openness to exploring new horizons in both her inner and outer world, developing awareness, eliciting meaning out of her experiences, and incorporating the lessons in the next step of her journey are totally relevant to the needs of all of us today.

    Kate Soudant, Editor
  • Melissa’s new memoir is adventuresome, inspiring and fun. Her account of travels into Afghanistan, Soviet Union, and living as a filmmaker in the NYC 80´s art scene is intense, raw and enchanting. She has a story that must be told and she does so with a new and charismatic voice.

    Susana Aikin, Emmy Award Documentary Filmmaker of “Transformations”
  • Personal growth, international events, the power of images and of individual experience, the long-time effects of the events in our past… Burch’s Journey touches on a variety of subjects, showing how strange connections can shape the future, of both individuals and nations. A great read, highly recommended.

  • In this memoir, a documentary filmmaker describes her dramatic journeys, both outward and inward. In 1982, Burch had just turned 21. Eager for adventure, she arranged a freelance assignment in Afghanistan to film the mujahedeen rebellion against Soviet invaders. There, she discovered a paradoxical peace amid war… Writing with sensitivity and vivid clarity about her evolving self, Burch is unafraid to expose times when she was naïve, self-centered, or judgmental. It’s fascinating, too, to read her insider details on documentary filmmaking in dangerous places, especially as a woman… An absorbing, well-written memoir by a brave adventurer who discovered her own life.

    Kirkus Reviews