Nearly Normal Nearly Normal

Nearly Normal

Surviving the Wilderness, My Family and Myself

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Publisher Description


 From the author of the bestselling memoir North of Normal comes the harrowing story of a past that won’t let go, and one woman’s attempt to put her life back together after everything falls apart

In her bestselling memoir North of Normal, Cea wrote with grace about her unconventional childhood—her early years living in a tipi in Alberta with her pot-smoking, free-loving counterculture family. But her struggles do not end when she leaves her family at the age of thirteen to become a model. Honest and daring, Nearly Normal reveals the many ways that Cea’s unconventional childhood continues to reverberate through the years.

At the age of thirty-seven, Cea has built a life that looks like the normal one she craved as a child—husband, young son, beautiful house, enviable career. But her carefully art-directed world is about to crumble around her. As she confronts the death of her still-young mother, the disintegration of her second marriage and the demise of her business, all within a few months, she finally faces the need to look at her past to make sense of her present.

The Globe and Mail says “Person’s best gifts as a writer are her memory, her knack for knowing when to dig down into the finer details of a scene, and when to pull back.” Nearly Normal chronicles the many stories Cea left untold but that needed telling. Settled into a new and much happier life after the release of her first book, she is nonetheless compelled to continue searching for answers about her enigmatic family. She discovers the value in the lessons they taught her, and the power of taking responsibility for her own choices.

Biographies & Memoirs
February 7
HarperCollins Publishers
Harper Collins Canada Limited

Customer Reviews

MaryJolie614 ,


This second book by Cea goes in depth into stories of her life she didn’t mention in her first book. The stories are frightening and intriguing as they show you the resilience of Cea to have survived and surpassed all the challenges in her life. I like that she was candid about the reality of the modeling businesses, her relationships and the sexual abuses she encountered. It gives you a portrait of a woman who has endured her share of life struggles but never gave up. I think this book completes the 1st book but you need to read the 1st book to understand this book. I have a lot of respect for Cea for having the courage to share her story as it helps people to get rid of shame in their life. And yes Cea is more than nearly normal, even with her unusual upbringing!

PembiJ9 ,

Thank you!

Thank you Cea for writing another book! I wanted more after North of Normal and you provided!

Thank you for making me feel a little more normal as well.

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