Cover image for Crazy for the storm : a memoir of survival
Title:
Crazy for the storm : a memoir of survival
Author:
Ollestad, Norman.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Toronto : HarperCollins Canada, [2009]

©2009
Physical Description:
272 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map, portraits (some color) ; 24 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781554684854
Format :
Book

Available:*

Library
Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Status
Item Holds
Searching...
CT275.O475 A3 2009 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Searching...
Searching...
CT275.O475 A3 2009 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Searching...
Searching...
CT275.O475 A3 2009 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Searching...
Searching...
CT275.O475 A3 2009 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Searching...
Searching...
CT275.O475 A3 2009 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
Searching...
Searching...
CT275.O475 A3 2009 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Searching...
Searching...
CT275.O475 A3 2009 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Searching...
Searching...
CT275.O475 A3 2009 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Searching...
Searching...
CT275.O475 A3 2009 Adult Non-Fiction Biography
Searching...
Searching...
CT275.O475 A3 2009 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Searching...
Searching...
CT275.O475 A3 2009 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Searching...
Searching...
CT275.O475 A3 2009 Adult Non-Fiction Biography
Searching...
Searching...
CT275.O475 A3 2009 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Searching...
Searching...
CT275.O475 A3 2009 Adult Non-Fiction Biography
Searching...
Searching...
CT275.O475 A3 2009 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Searching...
Searching...
CT275.O475 A3 2009 Adult Non-Fiction Biography
Searching...
Searching...
CT275.O475 A3 2009 Adult Non-Fiction Biography
Searching...
Searching...
CT275.O475 A3 2009 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Searching...

On Order

Summary

Summary

Norman Ollestad was thrust into the world of surfing and competitive downhill skiing at a very young age by the father he idolized. Often paralyzed by fear, young Norman resented losing his childhood to his father's reckless and demanding adventures, even as he began to reap the rewards of his training.

 

Then, in February 1979, a chartered Cessna carrying 11-year old Norman, his father, his father's girlfriend and the pilot, crashed into Southern California's San Gabriel Mountains. Norman's father -- a man who was both his coach and hero--was dead, his girlfriend soon to follow. Suspended at over 8,000 feet and engulfed in a blizzard, the grief-stricken boy descended the icy mountain alone. Putting his father's passionate lessons to work, Norman defied the elements and made it through alive -- the sole survivor of the crash. As he told the Los Angeles Times after his ordeal, "My dad told me never to give up."

 

Set in Malibu and Mexico in the late 1970s, Crazy for the Storm captures the bohemian surf culture of Southern California and a boy's conflicted feelings for his magnetic, larger-than-life father. A compulsive, page-turning read, at times nostalgic and heart-wrenching, the story recounts the exhilarating tests of skill that prepared Norman to become a surfer and ski champion--the same skills that ultimately saved his life.


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

It's almost too horrible to imagine: an 11-year-old boy is flying in a small plane with his father and his father's girlfriend. The plane crashes slams into a mountain and the boy's father is killed, along with the pilot. His father's girlfriend is injured, and it's up to the boy to get the two of them down the mountain before they freeze to death. A seemingly impossible task, but the boy, author Ollestad, was no ordinary 11-year-old. A sportsman like his father, he had just won a skiing championship; also like his father, young Norman was a not easily intimidated, even when the odds were stacked against him. Ollestad tells the riveting story of his arduous trek down the mountain (the plane crashed more than 8,500 feet in the air), interspersing the story with scenes from his life with his father, allowing us to witness both the boy's survival and his staggering loss at the same time. It is a poignant story, suspenseful (even though we know the outcome), and written in a vivid style that makes us feel like we're there on the mountain with him.--Pitt, David Copyright 2009 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Ollestad's memoir intersperses his harrowing childhood trauma as the sole survivor of a plane crash that killed his father with his coming of age in the '70s West Coast culture of surfing, skiing and skateboarding. A competent and engaging narrator, Ollestad evokes emotional intensity without descending into sentimentality and creates memorable portraits of his heroic father and his mother's abusive boyfriend. Granted, Ollestad presents his 11-year-old self as a tad more introspective and worldly wise than one might expect, but as the adult Ollestad reflects on how he was shaped by the hard-living, extreme sports culture of his family and community, the essence of a young man forced to grow up too quickly rings true. An Ecco hardcover (Reviews, Mar. 23). (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved