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North Of Normal

by Cea Sunrise Person

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd | April 21, 2014 | Trade Paperback

North Of Normal is rated 5 out of 5 by 3.

Sex, drugs and . . . bug stew? An utterly compelling tale of survival-of nature, family and genetics

In the late 1960s, riding the crest of the counterculture movement, Cea''s family left a comfortable existence in California to live off the land in northern Alberta. But unlike most commune dwellers of the time, the Persons weren''t trying to build a new society-they wanted to escape civilization altogether. Led by Cea''s grandfather Dick, they lived in a canvas Teepee, grew pot, and hunted and gathered to survive.

Living out her grandparents'' dream with her teenage mother, Michelle, young Cea knew little of the world beyond her forest. She spent her summers playing nude in the meadow and her winters snowshoeing behind the grandfather she idolized. Despite fierce storms, food shortages and the occasional drug-and-sex-infused party for visitors, it was a happy existence. For Michelle, however, there was one crucial element missing: a man. When Cea was five, Michelle took her on the road with a new boyfriend. As the trio set upon a series of ill-fated adventures, Cea began to question both her highly unusual world and the hedonistic woman at the centre of it-questions that eventually evolved into an all-consuming search for a more normal life. Finally, in her early teens, Cea realized she would have to make a choice as drastic as the one her grandparents once had made in order to get the life she craved.

From nature child to international model by the age of thirteen, Cea''s astonishing saga is one of long-held family secrets and extreme family dysfunction, all in an incredibly unusual setting. It is also the story of one girl''s deep-seated desire for normality-a desire that enabled her to risk everything, overcome adversity and achieve her dreams.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 312 pages, 9.13 × 6.25 × 0.94 in

Published: April 21, 2014

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1443424382

ISBN - 13: 9781443424387

Found in: Biography and Memoir

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down My sister recommended this book to me and I am so glad she did. It was such a well written memoir. I couldn't believe the resilience of the author. I think I finished it in 3 days because I couldn't put it down. Read this book!!
Date published: 2014-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is an inspiring story about a young girl's challenging relationship with her family, and her inner motivation to be true to herself. This amazing real-life story is told by Cea Person with honesty and integrity. Her unique history unfolds as her family decides to raise her in the wilderness. We are taken on a journey with Cea as she recalls and shares her unique experiences, family dynamics and a life that is shocking at times. What we take with us is her inspiring determination to create a life for herself that true to who she is. This book is hard to put down and will stay with you like a true life experience ..... a must read.
Date published: 2014-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW!! An incredible story told by a courageous and determined Person! We couldn't put this memoir down - a courageous and brave little girl determined to find "normal" ... We were touched and amazed at the story-telling from the POV of a child forced into a dysfunctional adult-world in the middle of the wilderness - congrats Cea on sharing with us an emotional, thoughtful and life-changing experience - the book makes you appreciate the normal we sometimes take for granted.
Date published: 2014-05-19

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North Of Normal

by Cea Sunrise Person

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 312 pages, 9.13 × 6.25 × 0.94 in

Published: April 21, 2014

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1443424382

ISBN - 13: 9781443424387

From the Publisher

Sex, drugs and . . . bug stew? An utterly compelling tale of survival-of nature, family and genetics

In the late 1960s, riding the crest of the counterculture movement, Cea''s family left a comfortable existence in California to live off the land in northern Alberta. But unlike most commune dwellers of the time, the Persons weren''t trying to build a new society-they wanted to escape civilization altogether. Led by Cea''s grandfather Dick, they lived in a canvas Teepee, grew pot, and hunted and gathered to survive.

Living out her grandparents'' dream with her teenage mother, Michelle, young Cea knew little of the world beyond her forest. She spent her summers playing nude in the meadow and her winters snowshoeing behind the grandfather she idolized. Despite fierce storms, food shortages and the occasional drug-and-sex-infused party for visitors, it was a happy existence. For Michelle, however, there was one crucial element missing: a man. When Cea was five, Michelle took her on the road with a new boyfriend. As the trio set upon a series of ill-fated adventures, Cea began to question both her highly unusual world and the hedonistic woman at the centre of it-questions that eventually evolved into an all-consuming search for a more normal life. Finally, in her early teens, Cea realized she would have to make a choice as drastic as the one her grandparents once had made in order to get the life she craved.

From nature child to international model by the age of thirteen, Cea''s astonishing saga is one of long-held family secrets and extreme family dysfunction, all in an incredibly unusual setting. It is also the story of one girl''s deep-seated desire for normality-a desire that enabled her to risk everything, overcome adversity and achieve her dreams.

About the Author

Cea Sunrise Person, now a happily married mother of three, supported herself from age thirteen to thirty-one as an international model, working primarily in Europe. She now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Editorial Reviews

"Written with stylistic clarity and studded with family photos, Person''s lucid memories present a stirring scrapbook."
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