What are you reading this week?

Here’s what’s been keeping me busy:

Just started The Moon Sisters by Therese Walsh. I love books about sister because I have one! I heard this novel described as “magical” and thats all I needed to seek it out. Here’s the synopsis:

“This mesmerizing coming-of-age novel, with its sheen of near-magical realism, is a moving tale of family and the power of stories.    After their mother’s probable suicide, sisters Olivia and Jazz take steps to move on with their lives. Jazz, logical and forward-thinking, decides to get a new job, but spirited, strong-willed Olivia—who can see sounds, taste words, and smell sights—is determined to travel to the remote setting of their mother’s unfinished novel to lay her spirit properly to rest.
Already resentful of Olivia’s foolish quest and her family’s insistence upon her involvement, Jazz is further aggravated when they run into trouble along the way and Olivia latches to a worldly train-hopper who warns he shouldn’t be trusted. As they near their destination, the tension builds between the two sisters, each hiding something from the other, until they are finally forced to face everything between them and decide what is really important.”

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I read two memoirs this week, the first was Brandi Glanville’s newest book called Drinking and Dating. I really liked her first book so I had high hopes for the second. If you don’t like reading the F word, then don’t read this! Its not for the faint of heart or easily offended.

Brandi lets loose and talks about her dating life, her funny escapades while trying to date in Los Angeles and writes about her adventures with a variety of men.  Its a fun, quick read that keeps you entertained.

Very different kind of memoir is North of Normal: A Memoir of My Wilderness Childhood, My Unusual Family, and How I Survived Both by Cea Sunrise Person. This book will not be out until June 24th so mark you calenders right now.

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North of Normal is not to be missed. While I was reading it, I was reminded of The Glass Castle which Cea mentions at the very end of her book.

Cea is raised by her hippie, free- spirited mother and equally free spirited grandparents. She is brought up living off the land in the Canadian wilderness, living in a teepee and eating bug stew. Her days are spent playing with sticks and mud, her nights are spent turning her back to the sounds of her mother having sex with her boyfriend. Her grandparents and mother don’t always wear clothes and often smoke pot.  Young Cea loves her Grandpa Dick and grows up idolizing this unconventional thinker who longed to escape civilization, to the point he even refused to use a toilet.

When Cea is five, her mother Michelle leaves the wilderness and hits the road with her boyfriend Karl. They are together for a few years, always running from the law, nervous they will get caught for growing weed or for the string of robberies Karl committed. When she’s thirteen, Cea lies about her age and starts to get work as a model. She’s sent over to Europe to work and although she knows no one there, she can survive because she has gone through much worse.

As a young adult, Cea escaped her family’s unusual way of living but the scars of her childhood remain. This is such a good book, I was riveted the entire time I read it! I don’t want to get into too much detail because I want to encourage you to read it for yourself.

I always say that I wish I was a producer so I could option books for film, this is one that I could see as a movie.  Its compelling, its different, its captivating. As if you couldn’t tell, I’m going to highly recommend North of Normal. You can preorder on Amazon.com here.