Captivating … a funny, moving page-turner of a memoir.L.A. Review of Books
The book’s great boon is the empathy Norris grants her father, portrayed not as a monstrous character but as a deeply flawed, very real person.Elle Magazine
[One of the] top 16 books to start 2016 right! … An electrifying coming of age memoir about madness, murder, and a born storyteller’s wild ride from a terrorized girlhood in nowheresville New Hampshire to life as a Hollywood producer and screenwriter.Oprah Magazine
Intimations of horror come early in Kookooland, Gloria Norris’ eerie and vivid memoir.NPR
By turns heartbreaking and darkly humorous, the book not only offers a compelling yet comic portrayal of a fraught father-daughter relationship. Norris also reveals the way violence can become a self-replicating cancer within families. An intelligent and bracing memoir.Kirkus Reviews
Norris compellingly leads readers through her young life, alternately loving, fearing, and hating her father (the latter two with especially good reason), and it’s a bravely faced and remembered coming-of-age that segues into Norris’ amazing comeback as a filmmaker and writer who never forgets her mentor, Susan. A tumble through a tumultuous time, in which the heroine inexplicably, beautifully lands on her feet. – Eloise KinneyBooklist
Kookooland is gripping; it’s one of those books you’d be loathe to put down.Nashua Telegraph
Kookooland is an important and compelling read. This will be the memoir that everyone is buzzing about in 2016. It’s a powerhouse.Always Packed for Adventure
Norris describes the extreme violence she was exposed to as a child and how she has come to terms with that trauma today. … KooKooLand recounts how she survived.Broadly
That true crime tale is the subject of Norris’ new book, “Kookooland,” published last Tuesday. The storyline sounds like the plot of a twisted movie, and Norris said discussions on turning the book into a screenplay have already begun.Union Leader


Also on its way is the screenwriter Gloria Norris’s memoir, “KooKooLand,” which according to Ms. Regan is told from the point of view of a young girl “in a very difficult situation with sadistic cruel people all around her.”The New York Times