Chasing Normal: Growing Up, Letting Go, and Finding Joy in Being Different (Paperback)

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Chasing Normal: Growing Up, Letting Go, and Finding Joy in Being Different (Paperback)


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In a time where many feel lost, alone, or afraid—and where social media makes us think that everyone has it better, bigger, or brighter—Chasing Normal is a humorous and poignant memoir about learning to embrace yourself, along with the messy life you lived that made you who you are today.

As a kid growing up in Indiana surrounded by cornfields and deep poverty, with two emotional terrorists for parents, all Craig Greiwe ever wanted was to be normal. In his youth, he lived under the stairs in Dickensian misery. Once he managed to make it to college, things got about as weird as might be expected for a teenager who grew up reading The 1978 World Book Encyclopedia for kicks. From an emotional breakdown at the top of a mountain at one school to setting off a chain of events that nearly blew apart Columbia Law School a few years after that, his life was anything but normal. Along the way, he found a long-distance foster mom 2,000 miles away; slept his way to success in Hollywood; had his heart broken; discovered secrets about the people who raised him; and was finally adopted by Norman-Rockwell-esque parents at the age of twenty-four. Chasing Normal is the story of a man who grew up trying to be like everyone else, only to realize that being yourself is the only way forward. His stories range from wild to painful and sometimes humorous, but ultimately, they are a journey about compassion, salvation, and eventually, joy. Chasing Normal stands out as a hopeful beacon for anyone who’s ever felt “other”—which is just about everyone. Like a lighthouse on a hill, this book offers direction to an illuminating place where we can learn to embrace ourselves, no matter how messy a life we lived.
Craig Greiwe is a business executive and former Chief Strategy Officer for one of America’s largest culture and marketing firms, Rogers & Cowan PMK, as well as a Los Angeles mayoral candidate—but it wasn’t always that way. He grew up in poverty in rural Indiana, before being abandoned as a teenager. He worked hard, relied on the blessings of others, and built a life from virtually nothing. Now, he’s known for finding solutions to seemingly impossible problems and developing groundbreaking strategy for America’s most trusted businesses, all while making sure that every friend has a drink in their hand, a warm shoulder to cry on, and a “chin-up” perspective. He has a relentlessly optimistic yet practical outlook on life—the kind you can only develop by having hit rock bottom and dusting yourself off to try again.
Product Details ISBN: 9781637585788
ISBN-10: 1637585780
Publisher: Post Hill Press
Publication Date: October 18th, 2022
Pages: 248
Language: English
"Craig's story is a heart-wrenching tale of the search for joy and happiness 'out there' and ultimately realizing that it is 'in here.' Through his persistence and insistence he overcomes the odds, one after another. Smartly crafted stroytelling that will keep you engaged and turning pages, wondering what's next."
— Patty Ishimoto, producer of the hit series Miss Scarlet & the Duke

"Chasing Normal will take you by surprise. Do yourself a favor and pick up this memoir—and don't put it down until you've laughed and cried your way to the end."
— Ben Everard, film producer, Yes Day, The Laundromat, and Lights Out

"In today's world, we all need more stories like Craig's. Chasing Normal is a reminder that discovering your true self isn't easy, but it is worth inspirational, moving, and compelling memoir."
— Holly Hines, producer of the phenomenon series Ginny & Georgia, Please Like Me, and Fortitude