Cea Sunrise Person spent her childhood and adolescence as part of a free-spirited family who left California to spend their nomadic life in a series of teepees and makeshift housing in Canada during the 1970s in the sunset of the counterculture movement, moving in and out of relationships, living off the land, doing drugs. Family dynamics are the most fascinating part of North of Normal, and Person’s yearning for a more normal life and a relationship with her absent biological father will resonate with readers. Almost incredibly, the author is modeling in Paris by her early teens and succeeds by the end of the book in achieving her lifelong goal of a stable family, even belatedly establishing a relationship with her father. Everything may seem to come together a little too neatly by the conclusion, but this book is more about the journey. Both readers who shared similar backgrounds and those who grew up in more traditional homes will enjoy accompanying the author from a semi-idyllic childhood through an uneasy adolescence marked by a lack of stability and her steadfast love for her mother, who loves her as well but whose main focus is on the series of unreliable men who pass in and out of her life.