North of Normal

North of Normal

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

Book - 2014
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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: 9780062289865
0062289861
9780062289889
9780062289872
006228987X
Branch Call Number: 746.92092 P4671n 2014
Characteristics: 339 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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Most people escape to the wild -- the author found herself on the run from it.

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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chrisbee55
May 16, 2017

Wow, what a story and I am so surprised that she survived such a childhood. A very good read. From such a humble upbringing she sure had an adventurous life. I am glad that her life took such a turn, modelling in Europe and now she is married to a wonderful man with a family of her own. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a different good book to read.

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runningbeat
Feb 14, 2017

They lived a real hippie life in the bush in Alberta and BC, many places I recognized which made it interesting.
Cea did a good job describing her dysfunctional family and wild wilderness childhood.
Book made me smile at times.
A good read.

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BeckyR21
Feb 12, 2017

A very interesting read. Amazing, unbelievable stories. Even after reading the book, I still have no idea how anyone could have survived. Hard to believe she has even more to tell in her follow up book. Looking forward to checking it out as well.

AL_LINDA Aug 29, 2016

What a childhood Cea endured! How did she overcome the obstacles?? I'm in awe of her ability to understand and seek a different life. Great book, couldn't put it down.

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stephanievd
May 08, 2016

I read this book awhile ago and still revisit it from time to time. It's a crazy, good story and I finished it in one night. This is a story that is worth reading and it will really put perspective on your own life.

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janetmJones
Mar 04, 2016

This was quite an eye-opener! I lived such an idyllic childhood, that it is almost impossible to realize that there are people who grew up so differently. Cea was an amazing child, to have been aware at a young age, that she was in a situation that she knew was not "normal". Then it was quite amazing that she actually had the "gumption" to get herself away from that lifestyle!

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kimav
Jan 04, 2016

A very interesting read. Amazing story. I really felt for the author - what a life!

gsplmarley Jul 09, 2015

A great read for anyone who enjoyed The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls.

LibraryKat_1 May 20, 2015

This book is worth the read. I couldn't put this book down and finished it in one night. It is such an interesting read to learn how Cea and her family lived for some many years.

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lindsaydebou
Jan 11, 2015

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

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