North of Normal

A Memoir of My Wilderness Childhood, My Unusual Family, and How I Survived Both

Person, Cea Sunrise

(Book - 2014)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
North of Normal
Growing up off the grid amid multiple generations of dysfunction, former model Person chronicles her journey to reclaim her life on her own terms. Determined to abandon civilization for a hand-to-mouth existence in the wild, her charismatic grandfather Papa Dick uprooted the Person clan from suburban California to the forests of Canada when she was just a baby. Together with her teenage mother Michelle--her father long gone--Person spent the next decade of her life living in and out of canvas tipis with neither electricity nor running water, at the mercy of fierce storms, food shortages, and an array of grown-ups more interested in having a groovy time than in parenting a child.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Harper,, [2014]
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 0062289861
Branch Call Number: 746.92092 P4671n 2014
Characteristics: 339 pages :,illustrations ;,24 cm


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While some escape to the wilderness to find themselves, Person's memoir describes how she escaped her family of back-to-the-landers so she could understand who she was.

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Jan 11, 2015
  • lindsaydebou rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was a page turner. I loved reading about Cea and her perspective on life. She is a strong woman!

Dec 12, 2014
  • ownedbydoxies rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

And you thought YOUR family was weird! Actually, all families are dysfunctional to some degree or other, but this one is a little on the extreme side. Really well-written, warm and engaging.

Nov 27, 2014
  • runfastread rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A story of a childhood like you've never seen before with a family as unusual as they come.... Cea Sunrise is born to a single mom whose parents and siblings embark on a journey into the wilderness to exist in a homemade tepee as wilderness survivalists, nudists, avid pot smokers, who believe in a lifestyle with total sexual freedom. For Cea, it is a childhood like no other with a young mother who is more absorbed in a series of ill-advised relationships than in her very young child, and who over-exposes her daughter to sex and drugs with truly reckless abandon. Hedonism at its worst.... But, this is also a story of survival. Of a child who eventually makes it on her own, despite almost total lack of parental care, and who eventually makes it in a modern world that her unusual family has rejected.

Oct 18, 2014
  • Annmarielikestoread rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I loved this book. I was shocked so many times to think that people lived this way but what I loved about the book is it gave the reader insight as to why people might have this lifestyle. A few times my husband picked up the book and we talked about what was going on. I hoped for the little girl a happy ending and many times wished I could pick her up and give her the lifestyle she tought she craved.

Quite the 'adventure' Cea was dragged into. So glad she was able to achieve some of her dreams and have hopes that she will be able to raise her family without traumas. It really was a bit too graphic for me though.


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Nov 02, 2014
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