Nearly Normal: Surviving the Wilderness, My Family and Myself by Cea Sunrise PersonNearly Normal: Surviving the Wilderness, My Family and Myself by Cea Sunrise Person

Nearly Normal: Surviving the Wilderness, My Family and Myself

byCea Sunrise Person

Paperback | February 7, 2017

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 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 the age of thirteen to become a model. Honest and daring, Nearly Normal reveals the many ways that Cea’s unconventional childhood continues to reverberate through the years.

At the age of thirty-seven, 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.

The Globe and Mail says “Person’s best gifts as a writer are her memory, her knack for knowing when to dig down into the finer details of a scene, and when to pull back.” 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.


Title:Nearly Normal: Surviving the Wilderness, My Family and MyselfFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.76 inPublished:February 7, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1443449059

ISBN - 13:9781443449052


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Does not disappoint So timely to have read this only a few weeks after reading the first one. They really do go hand in hand. I needed closure after the first book, and thankfully was able to find it in this one. If you have read the first one, you must continue!
Date published: 2018-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book This sequel is as good as the first book. A good read
Date published: 2018-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring! Similar to The Glass Castle, this book is most inspirational. Great that is a Canadian author too. A book that shows despite many, many obstacles as a child, Cea pursued her dreams powered only by herself. Amazing determination!
Date published: 2017-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! A sequel that is just as good as the first book. Such an incredible story, and such an amazing author.
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! A sequel that is as good as the first book. So, so good!
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exciting, Honest Adventure This book was amazing i loved this story it was honest and at some parts so hard to believe this little girl lived this way. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nearly Normal Cea has such an interesting life, this sequel to North of Normal was just as fascinating as the first and hard to put down. If you like memoirs like The Glass Castle, you will love Cea's books. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good read This woman had an interesting life story. This book was a quick read. I would recommend it especially to people that enjoy reading memoirs
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could not put it down! I read this book in a day and a half, I could not put it down! It is a raw and vulnerable story, at times difficult to read, but it is full of self-reflection, perseverance and determination. "Nearly Normal" answers some of the questions, her first book, "North of Normal" leaves you with and shares with readers Cea's journey of accepting the imperfections of life, recognizing the impact of her past and of decisions made, owning parts of life that we can change and accepting parts we can't. I applaud her courage to be vulnerable with her story.
Date published: 2017-02-07

Editorial Reviews

North of Normal contains so many jaw-dropping scenes it makes Jeannette Walls’ childhood (The Glass Castle) look almost conventional.”