Staff Picks: Books

Staff-recommended reading from the KPL catalog.

Crazy For the Storm

Norman Ollestad's memoir Crazy For the Storm was the perfect book for my long plane ride over Labor Day weekend, which included seven layover hours.  Ollestad tells the story of how a small charter plane with his dad, his dad's girlfriend, the pilot, and him crashed into the Sierra mountains during a blizzard when he was 11 years old.  He is the only one who survives.  The book alternates between chapters about his harrowing descent of the snow and ice covered mountain and his adventurous life up until that fateful day.  The book is definitely a page-turning thriller, but it is also full of psychological meat, as Ollestad tries to cope with his parents' divorce, his mom's new, sometimes abusive boyfriend, his dad's expectations for him, and being a boy very much thrust into an adult world at an early age. Now come to think of it, maybe reading a book about a plane crash wasn't the perfect thing for a plane ride, but it did keep my interest hour after hour and left me wanting to tell everyone about the book. 

Book

Crazy for the Storm
9780061766725

 

Steve S

Comments

It is amazing that the will to survive was so strong in a 11 year old boy. How horrible it must have been for him. Being able to overcome the death of his father, recover from the plane crash and make it down the mountain in a blizzard! Most adults couldn't do that. I am definitely going to add this book to my reading list.
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