"A rich and often mercurial story of a rich and often mercurial life. Neltje's voice is fresh, original, entirely unaffected. Whether she writes of child abuse, abusive alcoholics, cheats, crazy poets, new love, ruined love, painting, or marching to Selma, Alabama, she does it straight from the heart. Hers is a frank history, an adventure, hard-earned, not at all pretty, and fascinating. Here is the story of a woman who had to fight just about everyone along her way to get what she wanted and needed, especially love and independence. And in the end, in her own way, she succeeds."

–Brad Watson, author of Miss Jane: A Novel



"North of Crazy is informative, passionate, compelling and extraordinarily well-written.  Neltje’s remarkable story captures and combines her individuality of spirit with a personal journey that will surprise and impress readers, page by page."

–Lee Gutkind, Editor, Creative Nonfiction Magazine



"An epic and very personal memoir of riches to rags to spiritual and artistic triumph.  Neltje's life story is profoundly moving--and instructive.  A classic, honest, and beautifully written memoir."

–Bill Henderson, editor, Pushcart Prize