By Storm Large
(Free Press, Hardcover, 9781439192405, 288pp.)
Publication Date: January 10, 2012
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
From indie rock sensation Storm Large comes a rough, raw, and compulsively readable memoir about living with the terror of losing your mind—and losing it, only to find yourself.
What would you do if you thought you were going crazy? That, at any time, the voices in your head would finally overwhelm you, hijacking your senses, leaving you a babbling mess, locked up and all alone? Would you tell someone? Who, your family? A doctor? What if the doctors agreed with you, that you were going to lose it one of these days, then what? Storm Large (her real name) knew the toll of mental illness from an early age. She spent major portions of her childhood visiting her mother in mental hospitals and the rest of the time by herself. During a visit to one of these institutions, she jokingly asked her mother’s doctor: “I’m not going to end up crazy like her, right?” To which he replied to the nine-year-old, “It’s hereditary. You will absolutely end up like your mother.”
At that moment, Storm’s life changed forever. Figuring her only chance at any semblance of a life was to run away from everything she saw in her Mom, the weak, the sad, the drug addled, and suicidal. She stomped her size twelve boots through sex, drugs, and rock n roll, on safari for her sanity. One by one she battled her demons of self-destruction, promiscuity at age thirteen, developing an insatiable hunger for drugs and awful men, eventually becoming addicted to heroin. It was a chance performance with a friend’s band that finally pulled Storm back from the edge. When she discovered her rich talent and deep love for singing, that passion became her salvation and gave her the will to overcome.
Storm’s one-woman show, which inspired her to write her story and serves as the foundation for the book, was praised by press as “gritty” and “unapologetic,” as well as “funny and direct and insightful.” Crazy Enough is a brash, in-your-face account of how one unstoppable woman lost her mind—then found it again in a song.
Storm Large is a singer-songwriter best known as a contestant on the reality television show Rock Star: Supernova. Her acclaimed one-woman show, Crazy Enough, has appeared in the UK and Australia and is heading to off-Broadway in New York City.
"Storm Large is an irresistibly rambunctious force of nature. Crazy Enough is shattering, gorgeous and uproarious fun."--Katherine Dunn, author of Geek Love
"Storm Large has written a bodacious book, buy it, now!" --Gus Van Sant
“Like some twisted love child of Mae West and Keith Richards, Storm Large is a force of nature. Her ballsy, heartbreaking, hysterical tour de force of a memoir is not to be missed. Crazy Enough is vulgar and fragile, tragic and empowering, and like Storm, it is always entertaining.” - - Chelsea Cain, New York Times bestselling author of Heartsick and The Night Season
"With cleverness and honesty, she transforms a story that in most hands would be maudlin into yet another funny, passionate, and irreverently jarring adventure."-- Portland Monthly
"Best recognized as a contender on Rock Star: Supernova, Large has the heart of a true exhibitionist...this project marks her first literary foray, and her memoir pulls no punches. A no-holds-barred coming-of-age story replete with mental illness, drugs and sex." --Kirkus Reviews
"We're in complete awe of the blunt, surprisingly memoir...told in honest, poignant prose... [Large shows] all of us how to let go—not without fear and doubt, but with it." --O magazine
"Storm Large performs with world-class symphonies and hard core rock bands...and she's written a book worthy of both audiences. If good writing is about taking chances and pushing readers to the edge, then this is a chart buster...as she takes us on a wild and sometimes painful ride into her world of crazy." --Larry Colton, author of Goat Brothers, Counting Coup and No Ordinary Joes
"A memoir that reads like an in-your-face mashup of Augusten Burroughs and Chelsea Handler, combining raw humor and an understandable bitterness with more than than a few oversexed anecdotes. Though not for the faint of heart, Crazy Enough proves to be a readable account of one woman's descent into madness--and back out again." --Shelf Awareness
"Frank, funny, and caustically un-self-pitying" --Publisher's Weekly
"It's too bad that readers can't have her actually in their lives and feel the true force of Storm, but her book is so true to who she is that it is still a powerful, funny, and outrageous experience. Plus, you won't have to deal with all of those strange sounds and dirty sheets." --Dan Stern, actor, director, writer