North of Normal by Cea Sunrise Person | Black Inc.

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

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Cea Sunrise Person

Cea Sunrise Person was born into an eccentric hippie family in 1969. She spent the first decade of her life living in and out of teepees in the Canadian wilderness. After moving to Calgary, Cea worked successfully as a model for the next two decades, …

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Praise for North of Normal

‘With North of Normal, Cea Person gives us an unforgettable memoir of a turbulent wilderness childhood. Person writes about her harrowing, on-the-edge existence and dysfunctional family with unflinching detail and a generosity of spirit reminiscent of [New York Times bestseller] Jeanette Walls’s The Glass Castle. What emerges is an equally awe-inspiring true story of one young woman’s incredible determination to escape her terrible and traumatic circumstances, and triumph against all odds to create a happy, successful life.’ —Carol Shaben, author of Into the Abyss


‘[Person] makes the inconceivable tangible and relatable. A great memoir.’ —Launceston Examiner


‘[Person] survived a bizarre upbringing that she has turned into an entertaining, surprising, often moving memoir.’ —Adelaide Advertiser, Books of the Week