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Dancing With Crazy [Kindle Edition]

Emily Pearson
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Emily Pearson’s memoir Dancing With Crazy is the true story of her personal derailment, both horrifically and humorously demonstrating what happens when mindless obedience to religious authority supersedes plain old common sense. As a young Mormon girl Emily gave up her own personal power, relinquished the ability to think for herself and allowed herself to blow with a wind that carried her from studying scriptures in the Sunday School classes of correctly clothed, righteous descendants of Mormon pioneers, to studying porn on San Francisco’s Castro Street with her gay father and half naked drag queens, to drowning in depression in a stinky apartment in Hollywood, to puking in the toilet of a courting polygamist, to marrying her very own gay man in a Mormon Temple. After nearly losing her mind several times over, Emily disentangled herself from toxic and narcissistic personalities, walked away from a crippling religion and finally learned to think, act and live for herself.
Dancing With Crazy is both heartbreaking and heart warming – an inspiring story filled with religious fundamentalists, transvestites, AIDS, love, abuse, obsession, visions, sex, Satan and salvation.

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About the Author

Emily Pearson is the author of the children's book Ordinary Mary's Extraordinary Deed; and co-author of the book Fuzzy Red Bathrobe: Questions From the Heart for Mothers & Daughters. Emily is also an actress and filmmaker.

Product Details

  • File Size: 675 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Hullabaloo Press (October 23, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005WKCQE6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #636,343 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling story told with humor and insight April 10, 2012
I found this book to be completely engaging and well written. Emily found a way to tell her story with humor and at the end I was impressed with the wisdom her journey cultivated. I have met the author and have witnessed her poise and enthusiasm for life...she used all of her negative experiences as a compost pile to plant new seeds of insight and self-actualization. She has woven her journey into prose that captivated my attention. It was hard to put the book down!
The stories are amazing and fascinating and as someone who was raised in the Mormon church, I can confirm how easy it can be to listen to all of the "authoritative voices" instead of that clear one that eventually found its way to consciousness within Emily.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent November 6, 2011
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I read this book in less than 24 hours; I simply could not put it down! I began it on a Sunday night, and Monday I got up early to read it before work and just would not take calls or go to work until I finished it. I can't remember finding a book so compelling that I let it get in the way of my highly driven work schedule. I was sad when it came to an end. Emily promises this is the first of a series on topics she mentions in the book. I'm looking forward to reading the others. I found Emily's wisdom and courage to overcome difficult circumstances and ability to be honest about them to be incredibly inspirational.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cheers to Emily December 5, 2011
Cheers to Emily - with this book, she manages to validate and claim the often harrowing past she's written about even while giving it the heave ho. Ultimately, her engaging/wince-inducing story is about granting oneself the power of self-expression and allowing oneself to be the boss. While this is always easier said than done, Emily's evidently done both.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dancing with Crazy November 11, 2011
This is a can't-put-it-down fascinating story that brings me to tears then has me laughing out loud. Ms. Pearson has overcome obstacles that could have destroyed her, and she not only has the courage to reveal all to the world, she tells her story in a way that is uplifting and entertaining. She has reached a point where she can stand up and shake her fist at the devil, and along the way has learned to be really cautious whenever someone says god has told him He wants her to do something. Go Emily! I can't wait for your next book.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing what one person can go through June 14, 2012
By ccis
Be prepared for an emotionally draining read. The moment I picked up the book, I could not put it down. What one person can survive is utterly amazing. And still be sane. So many people experience the outward appearance of having a "put together-normal family", but what is normal? This book shows that "normal" is in the eye of the beholder. You cry for Emily in this book and at times want to scream "GET OUT!", but being a memoir, this is exactly how a lot of us feel while looking back on certain past decisions. The events that occur in Emily's life are really a "Dance With Crazy". How strong someone can be after so much grief in their lives, and still remain positive is a mystery to me.

Be prepared to go on an emotional roller-coaster, but also be truly inspired. This book is a must read, and has been an inspiration to me to make lemonade with the lemons the world gives to me. Phenomenal.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Journey; Healing for All January 9, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I cannot express how much I loved this book! Emily Pearson takes her life, as horrific, tragic, and unbelievable as you can imagine, and gives us lemonade with puppies and sparkly unicorns.

I can relate to well to Emily's journey away from the LDS Church (Mormon), although I was spared the tragic abuse she suffered. However, I could see myself in her quest to be more obedient, more perfect, more "righteous" by seeking "the mysteries of the Gospel". I too ran across bizarre healers, polygamists, and those seeking to "make their Calling and Election sure." Hey, I figured if I was going to work hard to go to Heaven, I wanted to have all the necessary knowledge and "ordinances".

Emily shares her story in a delightful, self-deprecating manner so we love her, we laugh with her, we totally "get" her and why she does the crazy things she does.

In the moment of clarity, when she comes to realize what she has been doing to herself because of what was done to her, we all rejoice, we all feel lighter, and know that her clarity has some how impacted our clarity about our own life.

You don't have to be a former-Mormon to appreciate her trials and struggles. This could be about any structured organized religion. It is a book about all the magical thinking and suspended disbelief that all of us struggle with.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hanging Cristmas Lights Over the Rainbow November 28, 2011
DO buy this book. Just don't plan to read it until you have the time to not put it down. It's a fitfull, riveting read about a woman's journey through a life so full of "out there's" that they just simply can't be made up. While Emily's clearly unique experiences are solely her own, she is easy to relate to, and her wit and humor will rock your socks off through her roller coaster ride of life. Like Marilyn, I don't believe that Emily's journey is complete. But only because Emily possesses a spirit that seeks to continue to learn and grow. Through determination and sheer will against a cultural force that continually told her she was wrong, Emily realized she always possessed the magic contained in ruby slippers, or in her case, Christmas tree lights. Prepare to cry out of empathy and delight, and walk away, like Emily, knowing a little more about the personal power you possess.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars COULD NOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN
This is a well written memoir of eventual triumph over tragedy and the journey of a woman who leaned to take responsibility for her own well being despite her circumstances. Read more
Published 9 months ago by K. Wienker
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 Stars
Wow - what a story! Having been raised in this crazy religion I loved this story and the funny, and sensitive way it was written
Published 17 months ago by Jeanne Aldrich
5.0 out of 5 stars Much Needed Catharsis!
Being a surviving Mormon and gay man, this book took me though Emily's painful journey of self discovery that was very similar to my own. Read more
Published 19 months ago by R. Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Dancing with Crazy
Love Carolyn Pearson so thought I would try out her daughters book. Enjoyed it as it made me feel like we were friends.
Published 20 months ago by DebraAndrus
3.0 out of 5 stars All the ingredients for a "coming of age in Mormonism" novel
Even got the polygs, herbs, gay, drugs, disillusionment all in one package. The usual for this genre, I am afraid.
Published 21 months ago by Anne Cloward
4.0 out of 5 stars intriguing
"Dancing With Crazy" is essentially the companion book to "Good Bye, I Love You" by Emily's mother, Carol Lynn Pearson. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Will o' the Wisp
4.0 out of 5 stars The Other View
This is a particularly interesting work to those who have read and loved Carol Lynn Pearson's "Goodbye, I Love You," the story of her Mormon temple marriage to the love of... Read more
Published on December 30, 2012 by Elizabeth Erickson
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible!
Emily's background in theatre certainly gives her a flair for the dramatic, but no such flair is needed to make the story of her life fascinating. Read more
Published on December 4, 2012 by M. MacAskill
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly funny
This book was chosen for a book club read - I was expecting a dry and depressing book that would be difficult to finish ... Read more
Published on September 6, 2012 by Brokercathy
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read!
The author does a great job of narrating a life story that borders on the unbelievable - you know what's happening to her, AND what's happening inside her. Read more
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More About the Author

Emily Pearson is the author of the memoir "Dancing With Crazy"; the children's book "Ordinary Mary's Extraordinary Deed"; and co-author of the book "Fuzzy Red Bathrobe: Questions From the Heart for Mothers & Daughters." Emily also works in the film industry as an actress, director and producer.

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