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BOOK TOUR: Crazy Is Normal by Lloyd Lofthouse

Crazy-is-Normal-a-classroom-expose-200x300Publisher: Three Clover Press (June 14, 2014)
ISBN: 978-0986032851
Category: Biographies and Memoirs, Educators
Available in: Print & ebook, 386 Pages
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Lloyd Lofthouse kept a daily journal for one-full school year and that journal became the primary source of this teacher’s memoir.

Lofthouse takes the reader to the innards of an inner city high school located in Nogales, CA. Rough neighborhood complete with gang bangers and drive by shootings, poverty all concerning.

I admired Lofthouse’s candor and determination. Unflappable, demanding, not to mention possessing the patience of a saint, he should be commended for his efforts and for coping with the numerous taxing challenges. No holds bared this teacher tells it like it is.

I’m familiar with the issues faced by teachers – student behavior, parental backlash or noninvolvement, supportive or unsupportive colleagues and the biggie….never ending administrative red tape. With ALL this it’s a wonder how instruction takes place and verifies the high teacher burn out rate. I see why finding a competent educator is difficult, the battle never ends and it’s not just about teaching students it is far more intricate and complex.

The fact an inner city high school was in the mix created an even greater challenge. Sad state of affairs, and very true. I held hope a few kids we were introduced to overcome the challenges and find a way to break the cycle. For those students headed for rough times in life, I hope they see the light before the darkness envelopes them.

Despite the long hours after the students vacate the classroom, when your after hours commitments have been fulfilled, a stack load of papers to be graded require even more time outside of the classroom, volunteering in various activities, proving a teacher’s hours extend way past on campus time. Demanding vocation on all levels, mentally, physically and emotionally.

The schools newspaper, Scroll, provides a ray of hope with a handful of standout students taking this endeavor seriously as well as learning. A few with unlimited potential allowing nothing to retain their growth, suffocate their goals. You maintain faith their thirst for learning will be contagious and the slackers will catch on.

Interjected throughout the novel are facts from differing organizations addressing a variety of issues: consumption of sugar, teacher burn out, learning disabilities etc… I found the supplements educational and interesting. Lighthouse cites his opinions on education and suggests remedies, check out his website, insightful, attention worthy.

Well written, informative, a brutally honest autopsy of one steadfast teacher’s year on the front line of the on going war on education. Reinforcing the obvious – it takes a special person to venture the field of educator, I would fail, thank you those willing and able.

About Lloyd Lofthouse: Lloyd LofthouseLloyd-Lofthouse-291x300

Little did Lloyd Lofthouse know in 1999, when he married Anchee Min, that he was beginning a journey of discovery. His first trip to The Middle Kingdom was on the honeymoon with his bride, who introduced him to China and Robert Hart (1835-1911), the main characters in Lloyd’s first two novels, My Splendid Concubine and Our Hart. The next decade was a journey of discovery. Lloyd now lives near San Francisco with his wife–with a second home in Shanghai, China.

Lloyd earned a BA in journalism in 1973 after fighting in Vietnam as a U.S. Marine. While working days as an English teacher, he enjoyed a second job as a maitre d’ in a multimillion-dollar nightclub. His short story, A Night at the ‘Well of Purity’ was named as a finalist for the 2007 Chicago Literary Awards.

Lloyd has won 15 awards for My Splendid Concubine and 5 awards for Running With the Enemy.

Website: http://lloydlofthouse.org/
Author’s Den: http://www.authorsden.com/lloydlofthouse

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lflwriter
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lloyd-Lofthouse/168775989838050
Google+: https://plus.google.com/116728680363586998839/posts

Thrilled to be participating in the tour for Lloyd Lofthouse’s Crazy Is Normal, be sure to check out the entire tour schedule here, it runs through 18 November. Thank you Virtual Author Book Tours

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13 Comments

  1. Thanks for taking part in the tour. I’m glad you enjoyed ‘Crazy Is Normal’ so much!

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    • Thank you, happy I was included. Enjoyed Lloyd’s experience immensely. Thanks again.

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      • Jan Lee

         /  February 14, 2015

        How do you “like” a review here on your blog? Not even sure I’m in the right place?

      • You go to bottom of review. Bottom of review on rt side it says ‘comment’ click there and you will be able to comment and/or like the review. Thank you for stopping by.

  2. Loved the review, I am on this tour too next week!

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  3. Reblogged this on Crazy Normal – the Classroom Exposé and commented:
    Review of “Crazy is Normal, a classroom expose” posted on Unshelfish (a book Blog) during the six week long book tour of this former teacher’s memoir.

    “Well written, informative, a brutally honest autopsy of one steadfast teacher’s year on the front line of the on going war on education. Reinforcing the obvious – it takes a special person to venture the field of educator, I would fail, thank you those willing and able.”

    Reply
  4. Thank you for the review of my memoir. Wow! I would really appreciate it if you posted your review on Amazon.

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    • Thank you for stopping by LLoyd. I will post on Amazon. Great book, I salute you, a job I would never want. I home schooled my son, THAT was a challenge. Thanks for including me in your tour.

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  5. PS: I know that some of the students I worked with did go to college and graduate—every once-in-a-while, an e-mail arrives in my mailbox from someone who had me as their English or journalism teacher, and I find out about their life since high school.

    In addition, I have met a few who did not go to college but who went into the trades. For instance, car/truck mechanics. In fact, about 20 years ago I owned and drove a new lemon, that while under warranty had the transmission replaced several times in addition to other headache causing problems. I mean, there is a point where you really get tired of taking a new car in for repairs even if the warranty pays for the work and parts.

    Then one day, a former student who was workign in that dealership as a mechanic saw me dropping the car off and slipped over to warn me that the transmission in that model had been unreliable for years and the manufacturer had done nothing to improve it. I didn’t tell his boss or anyone else at that dealership what he told me, but I quickly got rid of that car. It was a Ford Taurus. Hopefully in the last 20+ years, Ford has fixed that transmission problem.

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    • I’m happy you were able to keep in contact with a few students. I’m sure finding out how they managed was a pleasant surprise in a few cases. Personally I keep in touch with a few teachers impacting my life. Grateful to many. Thanks for updating me, maybe your next boom will revisit former students 🙂

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