- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First Edition edition (October 4, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250088143
- ISBN-13: 978-1250088147
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #473,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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North of Crazy: A Memoir Hardcover – October 4, 2016
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"A fascinating life journey." --Booklist
“An epic and very personal memoir of riches to rags to spiritual and artistic triumph. Neltje's life story is profoundly moving--and instructive. A classic, honest, and beautifully written memoir.”–Bill Henderson, editor, Pushcart Prize and author of the memoirs Tower; Cathedral; and All My Dogs
“North of Crazy is informative, passionate, compelling and extraordinarily well-written. Neltje’s remarkable story captures and combines her individuality of spirit with a personal journey that will surprise and impress readers, page by page.”--Lee Gutkind, Editor, Creative Nonfiction Magazine
About the Author
Neltje is an abstract expressionist painter. She has had solo exhibitions at the University of Wyoming Art Museum and the Yellowstone Art Museum among many others, and galleries in Miami, Denver, and Chattanooga. In 2005 she received the Wyoming Governor's Art Award. She lives in Wyoming.
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Money, money, money. It pulls people apart and in the Doubleday family it did just that. From siblings who are controlling, whether because of greed or other motivating forces, marriages failed, relationships were no longer and family bonds severed.
This memoir depicts a sad yet interesting read about the family dynamics of an era gone by. To read about the extravagance of a family, particularly the next generation, who seemed to have little regard for how they spent their money. They seemed to look at marriage as a stepping stone rather than entering a commitment with love. Who seemed to think of buying houses and furnishing them was no different that purchasing groceries. Who treated household help as if they were disposable. And, children as if they were accessories that needed to be dusted off when company came over.
Fortunately, the author was able to find art as an outlet as well as a new home on the opposite side of the country where she felt at home and could both physically and mentally separate from her family, and begin a new life. This was also the starting point of her philanthropic efforts to the art world, perhaps her true calling, which set her free from the life that she was born into, but never felt at home.
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The one-named artist Neltje writes of her life between the 1940s and the present day.Read more