My name is Marshall and I work on the books and music content team. Two weeks ago a new book hit the shelves of your local participating Starbucks: Crazy for the Storm, by Norman Ollestad.
When we select a book to carry in our stores, we seek well-written, thought-provoking pieces that spur conversation. Crazy for the Storm is the right book for right now: a life-affirming tale on thriving in the face of adversity. Ultimately, it is a story about a father and a son and that makes it a perfect gift for Father’s Day.
Norman Ollestad, now 41, was thrust into the world of surfing and competitive downhill skiing at a very young age by the father he idolized. As an eleven-year- old boy, he was in a plane that crashed into an 8,600 foot mountain engulfed in a blizzard. He was the only survivor. Crazy for the Storm is a vivid illustration of his terrifying physical and psychological descent down the mountain in extreme conditions. It is also Ollestad’s touching portrayal of his relationship with his father, which reveals how his father instilled in him the characteristics to persevere and ultimately, survive.
In addition to featuring the book in participating stores, we’re offering it up as a selection in the newly formed Starbucks Reading Circle Book Club. To encourage participation in the club, we are offering a book club starter kit to the first 25 people to post a comment on this blog (see rules).
The starter kit includes:
2 Copies of Crazy for the Storm
1 Discussion Question Guide written exclusively for Reading Circle members by the author Norman Ollestad
I hope you enjoy Crazy for the Storm and be on the lookout for our next book to arrive in stores this Holiday season.