North of Crazy

Author(s): Neltje

Biography / Memoir

Imagine a world of Gatsby-esque glamor, opulence, and cultural prestige, of exclusive parties and elegant dinners, of literary luminaries including Somerset Maugham, Daphne du Maurier, Irving Stone, and Theodore Roethke, of Manhattan townhouses and country estates. This is a world where children are raised by nannies, tutors, chauffeurs, gardeners, butlers, maids, and assorted staff, sent off to private schools-and largely ignored by their parents. Publishing magnate Nelson Doubleday's daughter, Neltje, was raised to assume her place as a society matron. But beneath a seemingly idyllic childhood, darker currents ran: a colourful but alcoholic father whose absences left holes, a mother incapable of love, a family divided by money and power struggles, and a secret that drove the young woman into emotional isolation.


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In North of Crazy, Neltje tells the story of her young life, and how she broke away to become an artist, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. Poignant, witty, sharply observed, and candid on every page, North of Crazy follows one wealthy girl's conventional path-until she jumped the tracks to find a remote, beautiful, and completely individual way of her own.

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"

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.

General Fields

  • : 9781250088147
  • : St. Martin's Press
  • : St Martin's Press
  • : 0.45
  • : November 2016
  • : 236mm X 155mm X 20mm
  • : United States
  • : November 2016
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Neltje
  • : Hardback
  • : 1
  • : English
  • : 759.13
  • : 288