A Normal Life: A Memoir by Kim RichA Normal Life: A Memoir by Kim Rich

A Normal Life: A Memoir

byKim Rich

Paperback | April 3, 2018

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After an unconventional childhood that ended in the tragic death of her mother and the murder of her Alaskan mobster father, Kim Rich was left on her own at the young age of fifteen to fend for herself. Ever since then, she began a nearly lifelong pursuit in chasing what most others had-a normal life.

Rich tugs at your heartstrings as you follow her journey toward normalcy, from her teen years, freshly orphaned, through her high school years spent couch-surfing at local families' homes, then through her college years, a failed first marriage, and a rising career as a journalist. Through frank and down-to-earth storytelling, Rich also tells of her grandfather's kidnapping, a frightening health crisis, and a six-year attempt to have children.

Picking up right where her first memoir,Johnny's Girl, left off,A Normal Liferecounts the author's vivid story of being an ordinary girl faced with extraordinary circumstances-at seemingly every turn in life-with grace, humility, and wit.
Born in Hollywood and raised in Anchorage, Alaska,Kim Richhas an MFA degree in writing from Columbia University and has taught at Alaska Pacific University. In her early career she worked as a journalist for theAnchorage Daily Newsand published a series about her father that was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in Feature Reporting. An e...
Title:A Normal Life: A MemoirFormat:PaperbackDimensions:238 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:April 3, 2018Publisher:Graphic Arts BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1943328501

ISBN - 13:9781943328505


Rated 5 out of 5 by from I was so excited to read this book But I lost it somewhere as soon as I bought it... Sorry if that's not a great review. I'll be repurchasing because I heard so many great things about it and loved the original story.
Date published: 2018-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic A great follow up to the story of Into The Wild. A further glimpse into the lives of Christopher and Carine McCandless.
Date published: 2018-04-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good ** spoiler alert ** Pretty Good When I heard that there was another book on the story of Chris McCandless I requested it from the library. The blurb hinted about telling us things we never expected from his story but I didn't find many of it surprising. The movie and book do heavily imply that he had an abusive childhood. It even features the scene with the mom being pushed into the mattress and the dad saying "look what you're making me do." So I didn't learn much of what I already knew. With that said it did give a new perspective of his family and what they must have gone through and I feel Carine hero worshipped Chris to the point where he could never have done anything wrong in her eyes. I think he may have also grown tired of some of her behaviour over the years as (as another reviewer pointed out) she becomes very materialistic which is not always a bad thing but when she says she had to forgo luxuries like the hair salon and jazz festivals I had to roll my eyes. I don't know how I feel about her constant marriages. I mean she has every right to marry and leave a bad situation but the marriage itself just felt so unnecessary and sudden. You can have a good relationship without that commitment. And then when in the last pages she mentions separating Robert I had to roll my eyes. She goes on about the perfection of the relationship only for it to end and I'm like okay who saw that coming? I've always been skeptical about Chris himself. Torn between finding him interesting and unique to finding him selfish and pretentious. He wasn't the first kid to come from an abusive home and not the last. Carine's surprise over his friendship with Wayne struck me because how can you abhor violence yet speak so highly of a violent man. But then again Carine speaks highly about Sean Penn and he is an abuser too. So neither of them are innocent in that regard.
Date published: 2017-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent read!! I literally did not put it down until I was finished....a very honest book. Highly recommend it!
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Riveting read! Had a hard time putting it down, and was very happy with the dialogue throughout the book, as it kept me very engaged
Date published: 2016-07-05

Table of Contents

Peaceful, Easy Feeling
The 'Hey, Wow, Man' School
'Back to Nature' is Hazardous to Your Health
A Warm Hat, a Whale, and a C in Chemistry
A Normal Life, Round One
The Right Stuff
New York, New York
The Writing Division
Circling the Center
Being Published
Grandpa and the Gypsies
It's All Material
A Crossroads
A Normal Life, Round Two
Breast Cancer
When You Wish Upon a Star

Editorial Reviews

"With a warm heart and a wicked sense of humor, Kim Rich gives us the story behind the story-the years she skipped in her beautiful memoir and movie, Johnny's Girl. There are the teen years in Alaska, the time struggling to find herself, the finding, the becoming. It's hardly A Normal Life by anyone's standards. But what a great read. Uplifting and inspiring, Rich is a born storyteller."-Helene Stapinski, author Murder in Matera