Book: Nearly Normal
Author: Cea Sunrise Person
Recommended by: Paula Benson, Okotoks Public Library circulation and technical services supervisor
Description: From the author of the bestselling memoir North of Normal comes the harrowing story of a past that won't let go, and one woman's attempt to put her life back together after everything falls apart. In her bestselling memoir North of Normal, Cea wrote with grace about her unconventional childhood-her early years living in a tipi in Alberta with her pot-smoking, free-loving counterculture family. But her struggles do not end when she leaves her family at 13 to become a model. Nearly Normal reveals the many ways that Cea's unconventional childhood continues to reverberate through the years.
At 37, Cea has built a life that looks like the normal one she craved as a child-husband, young son, beautiful house, enviable career. But her carefully art-directed world is about to crumble around her. As she confronts the death of her still-young mother, the disintegration of her second marriage and the demise of her business, all within a few months, she finally faces the need to look at her past to make sense of her present.
Nearly Normal chronicles the many stories Cea left untold but that needed telling. Settled into a new and much happier life after the release of her first book, she is nonetheless compelled to continue searching for answers about her enigmatic family. She discovers the value in the lessons they taught her, and the power of taking responsibility for her own choices.
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