Crazy for the Storm

by Norman Ollestad | Biographies & Memoirs |
ISBN: 006176678X Global Overview for this book
Registered by krin511 of Olney, Maryland USA on 7/15/2023
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Journal Entry 1 by krin511 from Olney, Maryland USA on Saturday, July 15, 2023
"From the age of three, Norman Ollestad was thrust into the world of surfing and competitive downhill skiing by the intense, charismatic father he both idolized and resented. Yet it was these exhilarating tests of skill that 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, his father, his father's girlfriend, and the pilot crashed into the San Gabriel Mountains and was suspended at 8,200 feet, engulfed in a blizzard. 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 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."

I read this book awhile ago and enjoyed it. I liked Ollestad's description of his struggle to survive a horrific plane crash.

Journal Entry 2 by krin511 at -- Mail or by hand-rings, RABCK, meetings, Maryland USA on Saturday, July 15, 2023

Released 4 mos ago (7/15/2023 UTC) at -- Mail or by hand-rings, RABCK, meetings, Maryland USA


To be released at the July 2023 BC-in-DC group meeting!

Journal Entry 3 by ResQgeek at Alexandria, Virginia USA on Saturday, July 15, 2023
It was great to see krin511 at today's BC-in-DC meeting! This was one of the books that came home with me to add to my TBR mountain range.

Journal Entry 4 by ResQgeek at Alexandria, Virginia USA on Friday, September 22, 2023
I'm not quite sure how to describe this book. While it is clearly a memoir, that is a bit of an understatement. It really is two memoirs. One is the story of the author's relationship with his father and the adventures they experienced together. The other is a survival story, the author's account of the plane crash that killed his father and his incredible survival. These two stories are told in alternating chapters, and as the book progresses, these chapters become shorter, effectively building the suspense, and it became increasingly difficult to put the book down, even though I ultimately knew how the author's story turned out. As someone who hopes to write his own memoir one day, I can only hope that mine is half as compelling as this one is.

Journal Entry 5 by ResQgeek at Rockville, Maryland USA on Saturday, September 23, 2023

Released 2 mos ago (9/23/2023 UTC) at Rockville, Maryland USA


This will be available at today's BC-in-DC meeting.


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Journal Entry 6 by wingSqueakyChuwing at Rockville, Maryland USA on Saturday, September 23, 2023
I selected this softcover (c. 2009) at today's BCinDC meetup at MOD Pizza in Rockville, Maryland, USA. Thanks for sharing this book with me, ResQGeek.

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