February 22, 2010

Monday Book Give Away, #27

Crazy for the Storm: A Memoir of Survival by Norman Ollestad is this week's offering. I absolutely loved this memoir. One of the reasons, I'm sure, is it takes place in my backyard, Southern California. I was thrilled when I had the chance to meet Norman, last year in NYC. This is a hardcover signed by the author.


From the age of three, Norman Ollestad was thrust into the world of surfing and competitive downhill skiing by the charismatic father he both idolized and resented. These exhilarating tests of skill prepared "Boy Wonder," as his father called him, to become a fearless champion—and ultimately saved his life.
Flying to a ski championship ceremony in February 1979, the chartered Cessna carrying Norman and his father crashed into the San Gabriel Mountains. "Dad and I were a team, and he was Superman," Ollestad writes. But now Norman's father was dead, and the devastated eleven-year-old had to descend the treacherous, icy mountain alone.
Set amid the spontaneous, uninhibited surf culture of Malibu and Mexico in the late 1970s, this riveting memoir, written in crisp Hemingwayesque prose, recalls Ollestad's childhood and the magnetic man whose determination and love infuriated and inspired him—and also taught him to overcome the indomitable. As it illuminates the complicated bond between an extraordinary father and his son, Ollestad's powerful and unforgettable true story offers remarkable insight for us all.

If you're interested, leave a comment. I will keep the comments open until Sunday afternoon and then announce the winner on Monday morning when I offer a new book. The winner will chosen by the Random-Number-Generator.

Erin won Peeled, and Paula won 47 and The Girl Who could Fly, from last week. It's unusual that they both entered on Facebook.

1 comment

  1. Count me in, it sounds like a great read. I just finished The Survivors Club by Ben Sherwood and this would segue nicely! Thanks for the chance.


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