Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Starbucks picks Crazy for the Storm

The next selection in Starbucks’ book-sale program will be Crazy for the Storm: A Memoir of Survival by Norman Ollestad. The story centers around the tragic and pivotal event of Ollestad’s life: an airplane crash into the side of a mountain that cost three lives, including his father's. It deals with the complicated relationship he had with his charismatic, thrill-seeking father, and how his father's determination and love both infuriated and inspired him. For you teachers who are always looking for books that appeal to teenage boys, this one is perfect summer reading for them.

Dan Halper, publisher of Crazy for the Storm said, “I’m ecstatic that the good people at Starbucks not only saw the beauty and importance of this book, but committed to it from the very beginning.” The book will be offered at more than 7,000 Starbucks locations in the U.S. You can read more about it here.

Watch this video featuring Norman Ollestad talking about his story, including original footage of Norman and his father before and soon after the crash.

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