North of Crazy: A Memoir

North of Crazy: A Memoir

by Neltje

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Overview

North of Crazy: A Memoir by Neltje

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 colorful 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.

North of Crazy is her story—written with the same fierce passion, wit, and emotion that drove her off the conventional path to reconstruct her life from base zero. She became an artist, cattle rancher, and entrepreneur.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250088147
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 10/04/2016
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 559,595
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

1 Plantation Living 5

2 Barberries at Oyster Bay 18

3 Winter at Bonny Hall 32

4 Sealed Door 41

5 Living Apart 48

6 Going Home 64

7 It's Over 74

8 The Tipping Scale 81

9 My God, What Have I Done? 93

10 From This Day Forward 105

11 Travel Makes Perfect 119

12 OK My, Motherhood 124

13 A Wallaroo in Revenge 132

14 Stretched to Breaking 144

15 Seam Split 151

16 Moving On 168

17 Ranch with a View 180

18 Why Don't I Learn to Keep My Mouth Shut? 192

19 Discovering What I Don't Know 204

20 Falling in Love, Picking Up the Pieces 215

21 Anger to Action 229

22 Cancer Once More 239

23 Liquidity Matters 250

24 Anger, Art, and a Family of Friends 262

Epilogue 272

Acknowledgments 275

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