Book: South of Normal: My year in paradise, by Norm Schriever
Genre: Memoir / travel
Where I got it: Free Kindle download
Length: 344 pages
Briefly: “Frustrated and unfulfilled with his comfortable existence in the States, successful businessman Norm Schriever knows there is something more he is supposed to do with his life. So, he quits his job, sells and donates all of his possessions, and moves down to Tamarindo, Costa Rica, with nothing but a laptop and a surfboard, vowing to chase his long-forgotten dream of being a writer” (from the Amazon blurb).
Comments: I enjoyed this a lot. Schriever really gets into the local life. And while he uses the word “paradise” in the sub-title, he’s no dreamer. He knows what’s going on. A fellow-American in the local jail, caught doing drugs, and Schriever acts as a liaison between him and his family in the US. It’s not all sunshine and surfing. Occasionally he seemed to me to take himself just a little too seriously as “a writer”, but it was easy to forgive him.
Challenges: Non-fiction challenge; ebook reading challenge.