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

by Cea Sunrise Person

HarperCollins Canada | April 29, 2014 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

North of Normal: A Memoir of My Wilderness Childhood, My Unusual Family, and How I Survived Both is rated 4.8571 out of 5 by 7.

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.

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Published: April 29, 2014

Publisher: HarperCollins Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1443424404

ISBN - 13: 9781443424400

Found in: Biography and Memoir

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it ! I didn't know what to expect when I got this book, so I kept an open mind. Once I opened it, I simply couldn't put it down..always wanting to know more of how things turned out. This book touched many subjects that made me reflect on my own childhood,and my own path. A truly, inspirationnal read !
Date published: 2015-01-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Inspiring story of perseverance. An eye opener to what Cea had experienced living the life of “freedom” a la hippie style. Author deals greatly with the relationships of family members and the values placed on such relationships or lack thereof. Makes you realize how irreplaceable strong foundation in a family is and how vital it is to have a place to call home. The book concentrates on her childhood she does not talk much about her modeling experience nor her adult life. It ends rather quickly as if she wanted to finish the book due to exhaustion thinking about her past. Overall I was impressed with her strength and will to move on trying to overcome the past. Thank you Cea for sharing your experience! Great read.
Date published: 2014-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I bought this book last week and could not put it down. Great read, highly recommend!
Date published: 2014-11-08
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: 2014-07-14
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: 2014-05-20
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: 2014-05-18

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

by Cea Sunrise Person

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: April 29, 2014

Publisher: HarperCollins Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1443424404

ISBN - 13: 9781443424400

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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.