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Crazy Enough

A Memoir

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Description

Yes, Storm Large is her real name, though she’s been called many things. As a performer, the majority of descriptions have led with “Amazon,” “powerhouse,” “a six-foot Vargas pinup come to life.” Playboy called her a “punk goddess.” You’d never know she used to be called “Little S”—the mini-me to her beautiful and troubled mother, Suzi.

Little S spent most of her childhood visiting her mother in mental institutions and psych wards. Suzi’s diagnosis changed with almost every doctor’s visit, ranging from schizophrenia to bipolar disorder to multiple personality disorder to depression. One day, nine-year-old Little S jokingly asked one of her mother’s doctors, “I’m not going to be crazy like that, right?” To which he replied, “Well, yes. It’s hereditary. You absolutely will end up like your mother. But not until your twenties.”

Storm’s story of growing up with a mental time bomb hanging over her veers from frightening to inspiring, sometimes all in one sentence. But her strength, charisma, and raw musical talent gave her the will to overcome it all. Crazy Enough is a love song to the twisted, flawed parts in all of us.

From Publishers Weekly

Nov 07, 2011 – With a name like Storm Large, a larger-than-life destiny seemed natural for the rock singer and winning contestant on the TV reality show Rock Star: Supernova. Yet growing up in the ’70s in Southborough, Mass., where her father was a teacher and coach at Mt. Mark’s prep school, Large was plagued by her mother’s mental illness, as she recounts in this frank, funny, and caustically un-self-pitying memoir. Her mother’s manic depression and undiagnosed personality disorder required frequent hospitalizations, wreaking havoc on the whole family, and for love, Large found sex (“hypersexuality”) a suitable replacement, at a very young age, as well as drug abuse. An inconsistent student who excelled at such sports as crew in order to please her sports-fan dad, Large nonetheless failed at everything except singing, eventually graduating from New York’s American Academy of Dramatic Arts, convinced she couldn’t act. Gravitating toward San Francisco, heroin, and rock groups, she found some success with the band Dirty Mouth in the 1990s, then in Portland with the Balls. Yet the gritty druggie anecdotes and one-night stands aside, her memoir boils down to the tension inherent in her relationship with her mother, who used her sickness as emotional manipulation. In her gutsy, shrill way, Large exhibits an engaging insouciance in delving into very real, scary, emotionally weighty issues.

Customer Reviews

Stunningly beautiful

Having never heard of Storm Large (I know, right?!), I ran across Crazy Enough at a local bookstore, picked it up, and fell in love almost immediately. Her memoir, written in a familiar smartass vernacular, grabbed me by the balls and didn't let me loose until I flipped the very last page. I laughed and cried and cringed and smirked and FELT every word. Impressive, well written, and with a cadence unmatched by most memoirs, I didn't want the story to end. Love. This. Book.

Fantastic!

Well written and intensely emotional. Loved it!

Thanks!

What a great book. My life has not mirrored Storms at all, but I have felt so many of the same emotions and fears in my life growing up in my own dysfunctional family. My sister and I were comparing new books on our iPads and laughed out loud to see we had both bought it! (full disclosure, Michael S. is an old friend) I am so glad that I did buy it, it is so real, so emotional, so funny too! I grew up in the 70's and 80's bartending in comedy clubs in Seattle, could really relate to some of the "crazy" times perfectly described by Storm! I Wish the author nothing but happiness and peace, thank you for sharing your story!

Crazy Enough
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  • $5.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: Jan 10, 2012
  • Publisher: Free Press
  • Seller: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc.
  • Print Length: 288 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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