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North of Crazy

A Memoir

by Neltje

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North of Crazy by Neltje
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  • Published Oct 2016
    288 pages
    Genre: Biography/Memoir

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  • Diana P. (Schulenburg, TX)
    North of Crazy
    Neltje Doubleday has had a very interesting life of financial security and cultural society. Her childhood was a nightmare of abandonment by her totally dysfunctional parents. She is a survivor who had to fight everyone and everything to get what was rightfully hers. Later in life she became the most stable and successful member of her family. She is a well known artist, an entrepreneur, a rancher and most of all a strong woman who is comfortable in her own skin. She is someone I would really like to meet. Anyone who likes to see a woman find her place in life and become self sufficient will certainly enjoy reading this book and it would definitely make for good book club discussions.
  • Alice W. (Sacramento, CA)
    North of Crazy
    What is the difference between a memoir and an autobiography that reads like a novel? Whichever this is, memoir or autobiography, North is a fascinating book and reads like fiction...surely it must be fiction. No, truth once again trumps fiction.

    Neltje, daughter of the owner of Doubleday experiences abuse and criminal, shocking acts at a very young age. She lives in an environment similar to Gatsby. It is all hard to comprehend for a reader and astonishing that this person could turn out to be such a loving and productive figure in her later life. She abandons all of the East coast lifestyle and moves out west where her heart is captured by openness and freedom.

    A great book...don't miss it.
  • Sandra C. (Rensselaer, NY)
    What a life
    Enjoyed reading the book and feel it was well written. It is amazing that the author was able to raise a well adjusted family given the way she was raised. What a survivor, and one who went on to have a fruitful life as an artist. You can clearly see how lack of love as a child can lead to bonding issues.
  • Meredith K. (Hackensack, NJ)
    Thanks Mom and Dad for caring
    This was a heart filled true story of Neltje Doubleday of the Doubleday Publishing fortune, who as a youngster was bullied by her arrogant, opinionated, and perpetually drunk father and a mother also a drunk and narcissist who used her children, Nelson Jr and Neltje as "show pieces" to be presented to their business friends"

    You cringed as you read all the details of their upbringing and the cruelties that especially Neltje had to endure.

    After two disastrous marriages Neltje finally becomes "the person she was meant to be" and not the socialite her parents raised her to become.

    By the end of the memoir you're rooting for Neltje and happy that she is finally at peace.

    I would recommend this book to anyone looking for an interesting, good read.
  • Linda M. (Lititz, PA)
    North of Crazy
    This book is a memoir written by Neltje Doubleday. She was the daughter of the founder of Doubleday Books and Doubleday Publishing. Her memoir starts as far back as she can remember as a child, daughter of a self absorbed mother and a traveling father who when was present was usually found drinking and entertaining. Neltje and her brother were raised by a governess and the household servants. She had a traumatic childhood feeling unloved and not wanted which later in adult life had a profound effect on her marriages and her decision not to stay in the family business and ended up moving to Wyoming, becoming a rancher, an expressionist painter and where she still lives today well into her 80's.
  • Kate E. (Troy, NY)
    North of Crazy
    I enjoyed the book. That is if one can enjoy a front row seat into another person's life. Perhaps it's better to say I was engaged by it. Neltje is a complex woman and her writing reflects this. The book reads slowly, almost tentatively, when she is recounting difficult, tragic times of her life.. It's ever with self-pity or even regret. A longing perhaps for what wasn't. When she's in love with life, her children, a man, her art, the story practically skips with lightness. The books reads like life. The sad taking it time to pass, the good moving at light speed.. An unusual book about a strong, sensitive and brilliant human being. Definitely worth the read, maybe a few times. As with her art, the book challenges it's reader to find how it fits into their own life. Bravo Neltje. Bravo.
  • Karen L. (Wilton, IA)
    North of Crazy
    This was a very well written autobiography. Her life was more interesting and I read it quicker after she started her life in Wyoming. That said, you needed the first part of her life to understand the life she made for herself. She is the ultimate survivor. I thought she was at her best in Wyoming. She has a profound connection with art and nature. I feel that they were therapy for her. I felt bad that she was not able to reconnect with her brother Nelson. This is a very good memoir. It would be good for book clubs and for feminists. She brings up many issues that deal with inequalities in the way women and men are treated. This book would also be of interest to older women.

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