Crazy for the Storm by Norman Ollestad
A Memoir of Survival

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“Breathtaking....Crazy for the Storm will keep you up late into the night.”
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Norman Olstead’s New York Times bestselling memoir Crazy for the Storm is the story of the harrowing plane crash the author miraculously survived at age eleven, framed by the moving tale of his complicated relationship with his charismatic, adrenaline-addicted father. Destined to stand with other classic true stories of man against nature—Into Thin Air and Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer; Sebastian Junger’s The Perfect Storm—it is a literary triumph that novelist Russell Banks (Affliction) calls, “A heart-stopping story beautifully told….Norman Olstead has written a book that may well be read for generations.”

 

About Norman Ollestad

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Norman Ollestad studied creative writing at UCLA and attended UCLA Film School. He grew up on Topanga Beach in Malibu and now lives in Venice, California. He is the father of a nine-year-old son.
 
Published May 28, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 290 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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The flashbacks sections are the most fascinating parts of the book, and Ollestad ably captures the contrast between his charismatically cool father, Norman Sr., and his bullying stepfather-to-be, Nick.

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Norman Ollestad’s memoir recounts a wild childhood — and the plane crash that killed his daredevil father and left him, at age 11, stranded in a mountain blizzard.

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Publishers Weekly

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In a spare, brisk prose, Ollestad tells the tragic story of the pivotal event of his life, an airplane crash into the side of a mountain that cost three lives, including his father’s, in 1979.

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Book Reporter

In particular, a road trip to Mexico the year before provided Ollestad with a new understanding of his father and of himself, one that he turned to in his quest for survival and one, as we learn later, that he continues to explore now that he’s a father himself.

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The Washington Post

Ollestad, his father and his father's girlfriend had been flying to pick up the kid's championship ski trophy when the pilot became lost and hit the peak.

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The Telegraph

While Norman Snr might be dead, he’s effectively handed on everything he knows to his son – and without it, as Ollestad writes, 'I would not have survived.’ The crash happened 30 years ago, but it’s not hard to see why it took Ollestad so long to write about it.

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Oregon Live

Had they not both boarded doomed aircraft in 1979 and lived to tell about it, Robert Sabbag and Norman Ollestad would have virtually nothing in common.

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Deseret News

Ollestad did make a point to pass on the lesson his father had taught him, which he ultimately credits for saving his life, "I wanted to demystify the ordeal so that he could understand that reaching deep down into yourself was accessible to everyone, especially him," Ollestad writes in the book'...

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Bookmarks Magazine

The Topic: On February 17, 1979, a Cessna carrying 11-year-old Norman Ollestad, his father, and his father's girlfriend crashed into Southern California's Mount Baldy.

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