By Eric Yang
on 7.30.09

crazy-for-the-storm-a-memoir-of-survival-by-norman-ollestadIt sounds like the story of legends:

“On February 19, 1979, I was in a plane crash with my father; his girlfriend, Sandra; and the pilot of our chartered Cessna. Sandra was 30 years old. My dad was 43. I was 11. Just after sunrise, we slammed into a rugged 8,600-foot mountain engulfed in a blizzard…

By the end of our nine-hour ordeal, I was the only survivor.”

Norman Ollestad’s Crazy For The Storm is the gripping tale of an 11-year old child thrust into a near-impossible situation. The descent from over 8,000 feet of California’s San Gabriel mountains in a blizzard. Alone. Using only the training from his father, a passionate adventure himself, Ollestad’s account is a page-turner (it’s one of those books you open then realize an entire day has passed when you’ve turned the last page). More than just the exhilarating account, Crazy For The Storm also provides unexpected insight into a child conflicted with love, admiration, and a tone of resentment towards a larger-than-life father who’s lessons ultimately saved his life.

Editor’s Note: Amazon recently added Crazy For The Storm to their list of the best books of 2009. I’m considering nominating it for my own list… Best Books of the 21st Century. Who would have thought this summer’s biggest blockbuster would be a book?

Cost: $17

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