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As the daughter of the wealthy and powerful publishing magnate Nelson Doubleday, Neltje was born into a life of affluence and cultural prestige. Yet, despite coming from having it all, her childhood was far from idyllic. Neltje joins us tonight to discuss her new memoir North of Crazy and how she overcame a turbulent childhood to pursue a lifetime passion in expressionist art. Don’t miss out!
ABOUT NORTH OF CRAZY: A MEMOIR
Imagine a world of Gatsby-esque glamor, opulence, and cultural prestige, of exclusive parties and elegant dinners, of literary luminaries including Somerset Maugham, Daphne du Maurier, Irving Stone, and Theodore Roethke, of Manhattan townhouses and country estates. This is a world where children are raised by nannies, tutors, chauffeurs, gardeners, butlers, maids, and assorted staff, sent off to private schools and largely ignored by their parents.
Publishing magnate Nelson Doubleday s daughter, Neltje, was raised to assume her place as a society matron. But beneath a seemingly idyllic childhood, darker currents ran: a colorful but alcoholic father whose absences left holes, a mother incapable of love, a family divided by money and power struggles, and a secret that drove the young woman into emotional isolation.
"North of Crazy" is her story written with the same fierce passion, wit, and emotion that drove her off the conventional path to reconstruct her life from base zero. She became an artist, cattle rancher, and entrepreneur."
Neltje is an abstract expressionist painter. She has had solo exhibitions at the University of Wyoming Art Museum and the Yellowstone Art Museum among many others, and galleries in Miami, Denver, and Chattanooga. In 2005 she received the Wyoming Governor's Art Award. She lives in Wyoming.
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Monday, August 24, 2015 - 12:15pm
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