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The Sound of Gravel
The Sound of Gravel: A Memoir | Ruth Wariner
The Sound of Gravel is Ruth Wariner's unforgettable and deeply moving story of growing up in a polygamist Mormon doomsday community. The thirty-ninth of her father's forty-one children, Ruth is raised on a farm in the hills of Mexico, where polygamy is practiced without fear of legal persecution. There, Ruth's family lives in a home without indoor plumbing or electricity and attends a church where preachers teach that God will punish the wicked by destroying the world. In need of government assistance and supplemental income, Ruth and her siblings are carted back and forth between Mexico and the United States, where her mother collects welfare and her father works a variety of odd jobs. Ruth comes to love the time she spends in the States, realising that perhaps the belief system into which she was born is not the one for her. As she enters her teen years, she becomes a victim of abuse in a community in which opposition toward men is tantamount to arguing with God. Finally, and only after devastating tragedy, Ruth finds an opportunity to escape. Recounted from the innocent and hopeful perspective of a child, The Sound of Gravel is the remarkable true story of a girl forced to define a place for herself within a community of misguided believers. This is a gripping tale of triumph, courage, resilience, and love.
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Blueberry
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Just completed. 3 stars. My second memoir about a polygamous American fundamentalist Mormon cult living in Mexico.

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Christine
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I like Anne Bogel‘s podcast, but this week‘s episode was really not for me. However, it did prompt me to take this unread book off my shelf, and I‘m grateful for that! Wariner‘s story is hard to read about, but she tells it in a brave, straightforward, and thoughtful way.

Joyfulmimi What was your issue with the podcast? I wondered because I find myself not listening as loyally as in the past. (edited) 9mo
Christine @Joyfulmimi I think I struggled with the guest, mostly...somehow felt pretty self-promotional to me. 9mo
Joyfulmimi I usually don‘t like that kinda feeling about a person either 9mo
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Kristy_K
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This is so disturbing, awful, heartbreaking, upsetting and a myriad of other negative emotions. What Ruth Wariner went through while growing up in a Mormon polygamist community (commune) was horrible and I am amazed that she was such a strong young girl who seems to have turned into an amazing person.

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#24in48 #readathon #blameitonlitsy #memoir #truecrime

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Aloisi_tribe
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This memoir about a polygamist family was heart wrenching. It took me a long time to read because I kept stopping to read something lighter. But I would find myself thinking about Ruthie and wondering what happened next. There are awful, horrible things that happen in this book and just when you think it has reached the lowest point possible for this family, something even more awful and horrible comes along. Not for the faint of heart.

Kaye NF 🌟 11mo
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emilyhaldi
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My husband and I saw Book of Mormon last year for his birthday and loved the brilliant, comedic portrayal of the Mormon religion. On the other hand, there are some stunningly tragic stories of the Morman faith and the impact it had on families and in the case of Ruth Wariner, the children. This book is well written and surprising, but mostly very sad.
#meandyoubutmostlyme
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Cinfhen Ive had this book stacked for a long time but I‘ve heard it‘s soooo tragic. I‘m not up for that right now. 11mo
Cinfhen And we saw BoM in London....literally laughed out loud!!! Sooooo funny. The lyrics were brilliant 🙌🏻 11mo
emilyhaldi @Cinfhen So good.. my husband was dying to see it for years but we just couldn‘t choke up the $400/seat 😆 so we finally saw it last year once the tickets were reasonable.. totally worth it!! And yes, you definitely have to be in the right mood for this book💙 (edited) 11mo
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Suet624 I had no idea what I was getting into with this book. So many parts of it are forever implanted in my brain. It‘s pretty amazing. 11mo
vivastory I saw BoM 2 years ago, I loved it. This sounds really interesting & tragic. Adding to my NF TBR. 11mo
Reviewsbylola I‘ve had my eye on this book. 11mo
ferskner I really want to read this! (Just FYI: those aren't Mormons in the book. They're fundamentalists who have been excommunicated from the church for their polygamy and abuse.) 11mo
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Cconnolly
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I stayed up to finish this book last night, and woke up still feeling upset. What a heartbreaking memoir, and amazingly difficult journey the author had to take as a child. Children are at the mercy of the choices the adults in their lives make, and I wanted to take each of the kids in my arms and rescue them. Time to choose a different genre now to uplift my soul.

LiteraryinLititz I just read the description. Wow. Intense! 12mo
8little_paws Oh this memoir is incredible. So intense and so well written. She loved her mother so much despite her deep limitations 12mo
britt_brooke Such a tough, but fantastic read! 12mo
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valeriegeary
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A little over 9 hours of reading so far this weekend.... It's 3pm where I am so I don't think there's any chance I'm going to make #24B4Monday..... Where does the time go I wonder? 🤔

TheReadingMermaid Hey you still did great! I bet next month you'll do even better! 😉 13mo
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valeriegeary
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Work is done and the rain stopped so I'm finally starting #24B4Monday with an #audiowalk. First time participating in this #readathon, but I think it's going to be a great weekend to stay in and see how many #readwhatyouown books I can get through before October ends.

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julesG Saw your tagged book's title and your picture and was confused for a second - there's no gravel in your picture. 😉 13mo
britt_brooke What a cutie! 💚🐾 And great, but heartbreaking read. 13mo
CouronneDhiver 😃 13mo
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Melissa_J Such a good boy! 13/10 would pat 🐾 13mo
valeriegeary @julesG 😂😂🙃 13mo
valeriegeary @britt_brooke I'm enjoying it so far though I kind of wish they'd hired a professional narrator instead of using the author. 🤷 It reminds me of Educated. They're different enough to read both but similar themes. 13mo
valeriegeary @Melissa_J hehehe! 🤗 13mo
britt_brooke @valeriegeary I read this one in print, but I know what you mean. Sometimes the author is just not right as narrator. I read Educated a couple of months ago and agree (though I liked this one more). 13mo
TheReadingMermaid 👍🏻😃👍🏻 13mo
LauraBeth I can smell the wet leaves in that picture 😀 13mo
AlaMich Awww! S/he looks so cute in that jacket! 🐶❤️ 13mo
JennyM Hi Charlie 👋 13mo
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AndLamb83
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This book was incredible! It's a memoir about growing up in a Mormon polygamist cult. It's raw and heartbreaking and impossible to put down! I highly recommend this one! #bookworm #bibliophile #fallreads #libby #kindleoasis #ebook

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Busha1984
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Tragic and heart-wrenching while also beautiful and heart-warming. Ruth Wariner leaves nothing out about her life growing up in a polygamist community. The Sound of Gravel is powerful and leads your emotions on a roller coaster.

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Erin.Elizabeth10
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WOW. This book is not for the faint of heart, but it is so good. It‘s an expertly crafted memoir about a girl who grew up in a polygamist family. She encounters so many trials, abuses, and devastating circumstances but she perseveres and overcomes! It is a very hard read, but I would recommend it.

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auntie_jenn
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another wowza of a memoir. if you liked Educated, pick this one up. 5⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Expandingbookshelf
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This is a memoir by a woman who grew up in a polygamist cult. She was the 39th of her father‘s 42 children. After her father is murdered by his brother in a bid for church power (how‘s that for some Cain and Able shit?!) her mother becomes the second wife of another faithful congregant...but that man isn‘t exactly who he seems.

This book can be brutal and infuriating and not for the faint of heart, but it‘s also fascinating and hopeful.

BookaholicNatty @Expandingbookshelf I loved this book!!!!!! You should also check out the book by her cousin Anna LeBaron called The Polygamists Daughter! They were both on a podcast together that I listened to and it was soooo awesome how they found each other and discovered they were cousins! (edited) 1y
Expandingbookshelf @BookaholicNatty oooh I‘ll definitely check that out! 1y
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Luna_Art3mis
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I usually read fantasy and fiction books, but I received an ARC of this book so I read it. The story of young Ruth gripped me from the very start and wouldn‘t let go. I had the opportunity to talk to Ruth about her book, and you could see the pain still fresh in her eyes. It‘s a must read story of loss, sadness, family, and survival. ❤️

Leftcoastzen Welcome to Litsy. 1y
InLibrisVeritas Welcome to Litsy! 1y
Bronte_Chintz Welcome to Litsy, hope you love it here 🎉🎉🎉 1y
rather_be_reading welcome to litsy!! 📚🎉📚 1y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📚🤓 1y
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maximoffs
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This book was moving and beautiful and sad in all the ways the memoirs I enjoy are. The audiobook was read by the author which I especially love for memoirs. Highly recommend, however it does have a trigger warning for CSA.

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maximoffs
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So close!!!

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Ashley85
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Ah. Just took a moment to admire this wonderful stack of books I just picked up from the library that I had on hold. Here‘s to a weekend full of reading, hopefully. Where should I begin? 🤗 ❤️📚#libraryhaul

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maximoffs
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Yay new audiobook! Love memoirs read by the author.

RadicalReader @maximoffs love reading books that have the audiobook read by the authors themselves so deep and impactful takes the book to a whole different level and deeper impact 2y
maximoffs @RadicalReader agreed! I don‘t typically like when they read their own fiction books but memoirs, yes 2y
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JacintaMCarter
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#2018Book52
Ruth Wariner was raised in a polygamist Mormon colony. Her father was the "prophet," but died shortly after her birth. Unmarried women in this colony can't reach Heaven, so her mother soon remarried and had more children. Through the course of this memoir, Wariner tells the story of being raised by a man who splits his time between four wives, takes liberties with his step-children, and faces no consequences for his actions.

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I‘m experiencing much unanticipated stress while reading this book! Probably because my great grandparents were Mormon Polygamists living in the Mexican colonies and this could‘ve been my life if my grandmother hadn‘t fled. Thankful for her today.

Jess7 Welcome to Litsy!!! 2y
Kaye Welcome and thank you for the follow. That‘s quite an exciting back story to this book. I have it on audio but haven‘t listened to it yet. I have to be in the right mood for some of these type of books. Makes me claustrophobic to think about living under so many rules and laws and unusual lifestyles. 2y
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emilyhaldi
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My first read of #24in48 was an incredibly heart-wrenching one ? I spent moments holding my breath that the parents in this story would make a good decision and do the right thing for their children.. and most of the time I was disappointed. But Wariner says about her mother "She wasn't some monster, she was just another human being who'd gone looking for her life and somehow ended up on the wrong path." But still....

Cinfhen I've heard this is a tough one to read 😔 2y
AmyG @Cinfhen I just read the same thing. 2y
Cinfhen And...was it super hard to read @AmyG ?!? 2y
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Eggs Love memoirs but so hard to read about innocent children who are subjected to a community's or family's rigid, harmful (illegal) beliefs 2y
AmyG @Cinfhen No...I read that this book was a difficult read. I haven‘t read the book. 2y
emilyhaldi @Cinfhen @AmyG @Eggs There are some sections of the book that are maddening- so unbelievable!! But reading about Wariner's experiences and how she somehow still managed to pull through the situation and live a sucessful, happy life is very inspiring. 2y
Cinfhen Got it @AmyG 😄I‘m glad to hear there is a “happy” ending @emilyhaldi (edited) 2y
Reviewsbylola Ok maybe I need to read this. 2y
emilyhaldi @Reviewsbylola you definitely should!! 2y
Mdargusch It sounds like I need to read it too. 2y
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emilyhaldi
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This memoir caught my eye on my recent #bookoutlet haul... The unbelievable-sounding story of Ruth Wariner's childhood growing up in a polygamist community in Mexico. Her father, believing himself to be a prophet, teaches that God will punish wicked people by destroying the world. Wariner writes of her slow discovery that perhaps she wants a different, and better, life for herself outside of her family's community.
#playlikegod
#nuyear

Cinfhen I've seen this book mentioned on so many lists...sounds fascinating! 2y
Kappadeemom I loved this book!! 2y
Reviewsbylola This was a BOTM selection before we were members. You‘ll have to let me know how it is. 2y
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TrishB Interesting blurb 👍🏻 2y
vivastory Stacked! @britt_brooke this sounds something you might be interested in 2y
britt_brooke @vivastory Right you are! I read it last year. 😁 It‘s good, but so tough at times. (edited) 2y
vivastory @britt_brooke it sounds really tough 2y
CoffeeK8 I 💖 this book! 2y
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HoneyBaby
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First book of 2018.

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Donnasmiles
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I just couldn't keep going....75% through but the mother in this memoir was literally making me nuts! If you're looking for a sad story...this one is your book. The sexual child abuse, polygamy, and just straight disregard for the humans you bring into the world just broke me down. I know we all contribute to the things that may screw our kids up but this true story was not my cuppa.

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Happiestwhenreading
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A story of survival amidst the worst of circumstances. Constantly shuffled around and given more responsibilities than appropriate, Ruth Wariner lives a childhood that is sad, abusive, and horrific. She demonstrates the human‘s incredible resiliency and even manages to forgive her mother‘s terrible choices.

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Donnasmiles
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Someone wanted recommendations for a sad book...well here it is. It's a memoir of a polygamist family and all that entails. It covers abuse, poverty, family relationships, and even the love present in all those settings....great memoir.

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RebelReader
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This is the second book in a row I've read about kids trying to survive with parents I'll equipped to take care of them. One fiction and one memoir. One black family and one white family. What really hits me is that these are human stories and how strong the will to survive is in some people. Makes me thankful for the childhood I experienced. I do think this was a good pairing with Sing,Unburied,Sing. I recommend this one for sure.

Suet624 This book was stunning. 2y
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saguarosally
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First book finished in two months. I needed a book. Really I need more books.

Photo is of a library in Tampa. Clever idea before ebooks became big!

AmyG Oh wow. Like a drive thru depository? To return your books? 2y
saguarosally @AmyG And to pick them up! 2y
AmyG Wow. All those years of schlepping the kids into the library to do those things. I feel cheated. ;) 2y
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saguarosally
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I have taken up going to the laundromat so I can get in some reading time. #multitasking #laundroreading #tampa

AmyG That's the best part of the laundromat! 2y
saguarosally @AmyG Laundroreading could become a new thing! 2y
AmyG We will have the cleanest clothes in town. ;) 2y
GlassAsDiamonds I loved hauling all our sheets and towels to the laundromat - enforced relaxation and clean linen!!! 😊😊😊 (alas, we moved but one day!). 2y
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cariashley
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Wow, this was a brutal gut punch of a memoir about being raised in a fundamentalist polygamist colony. I was yelling out loud at the audiobook at points. What Wariner endured and finally escaped is both harrowing and enraging, and I just can‘t understand how her mother let it all happen. For Wariner to get to a place in her life to be able to tell her story is just amazing.

Cortg Sounds good! 2y
HollyB3 This book was so intense. But I liked it. 2y
Suet624 This book and her story were bonkers! 2y
JenReadsAlot This was a crazy good book. 2y
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saguarosally
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October stats: Zero.

Busy working. I'll be back in a while. Until then, read on y'all.

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BeckaroniAndCheese
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This is what I have queued up for the drive south tonight.

britt_brooke This is a good, but tough read. 2y
ferskner Not a comment on this book, but you have to greatest profile picture ever. 2y
BeckaroniAndCheese @ferskner Thanks! I still giggle a little each time I see it 😊 2y
ferskner I think it's maybe the funniest news story I've ever heard. 2y
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EmilyM
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Very compelling memoir.🌠🌠🌠🌠/5

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DebinHawaii
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Finally managed to finish this book (lack of time the past couple of weeks-not interest)😬The subject matter of the author's childhood in a polygamous sect & frustration at her mother for not taking action to protect her children keep this from being an 'enjoyable' read, but it's a good one-thoughtful & compelling. With my pre-work project Friday coffeeshop breakfast of an Acai bowl & a press of local coffee. Can't tell you how I needed Friday!🌺

Cinfhen So sad, I don't have the stomach for this book 😔 2y
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elisebarker
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This was a really great book. I listened to the audiobook. Ruth's mother really upset me though. Her step-father sexually abused her and she told her mother multiple times. She continued to tell her mother about it, and her mother stayed with him. As someone who works with some clients who have been sexually abused, it pisses me off and makes me wonder how it psychologically effected her daughter long term..

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DebinHawaii
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Your regular weekly avocado toast with spicy garlic aioli posting. 🥑🍞🌶My coffeeshop breakfast today along with only about 5 pages of this book before I had to switch to work mode. It's definitely hump day. 🐫 I'm enjoying this book although I realized that 3 of my current reads/listens are about cults or polygamist sects-one fiction & two non-fiction. 🤔📚I may need a light & fluffy read to switch off with. 😬

ClairesReads I enjoyed this one too! 2y
charl08 That looks amazing. 2y
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Bookgirl
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Wow. This memoir about a polygamist family is captivating. I had a hard time reading about what the author endured during her childhood, and felt frustrated and helpless through the book, just as she did much of her young life. This story brings into clear focus the level of child abuse and neglect that is an inherent part of the polygamist lifestyle. What made a huge impression on me is the love the author feels for her mother despite it all.

8little_paws YES!!! I could have written this exact review. 2y
WhatDeeReads Child abuse and neglect that is inherent? 2y
Bookgirl @WhatDeeReads if you read this book, yes 2y
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Bookgirl So I guess I should say inherent in polygamy found in religious fanatic cults. That's more to my point. 2y
ReadingEnvy @WhatDeeReads @Bookgirl Particularly in this book where they move to another country to escape having to follow any laws about marriage, education, taxes, etc. 2y
ReadingEnvy Did you catch the connection to Mitt Romney? Fascinating. 2y
Bookgirl @ReadingEnvy no!! Missed that somehow! 2y
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DebinHawaii
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It's Friday & as usual that means starting the day with an Acai bowl & cold brew & a bit of personal reading before digging into work. Finishing up on a deadline today, but hoping to pull the plug on work after lunch--it's been another crazy week & I need some 'down time' to regroup. Hope your Fridays (or Saturdays for some) are going well. 💜#alohafriday 🌺🍍

MinDea That bowl of food looks delicious! 2y
Kappadeemom Loved this book 2y
DebinHawaii @MinDea It's very good--like a smoothie in a bowl. 😋@Kappadeemom I'm only 6 chapters in but it's very good so far! 👍📚 2y
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Gripping and heartbreaking. I was frustrated at times with the mom in this true story. But a satisfying ending. Good book.

GAustin I thought this well done. Tough subject matter. 2y
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DebinHawaii
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Because it's Wednesday there must be an avocado toast with spicy garlic aioli pic 🥑🍞🌶 and a bit of relaxation reading before doing a few hours work at the coffee shop. Predictable is my middle name. (Actually it's Ann, but you get the idea.)😆 I've been on the waiting list for the library e-book for this one for ages (#blameitonLitsy) & although I won't be able to do much more that start it until this weekend, I'm looking forward to it. 👍📚

slategreyskies I'm a middle Ann too! :) 2y
Mdargusch Yum. 😋 2y
Mamashep Just had avocado toast last night but now I want it again tonight! 2y
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Hollie I'm a middle Ann also! 2y
DebinHawaii @slategreyskies @Hollie Yay to middle Anns! 😆👍🎉 2y
DebinHawaii @Mdargusch 😋 @Mamashep It is so good, I could eat it again tonight! 😋Hah! If I didn't think I should limit my daily avocado consumption.🤗🥑 2y
Laalaleighh God I mmmmmm just gonna move to Hawaii for this toast. 2y
Mamashep @DebinHawaii is avocado not a fruit? Are we not supposed to eat something like 11 servings of fruits (and those pesky veggies!) a day? I totally think you're ok to eat avocado twice a day! 2y
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HollyB3
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Wow, I've been in quite a book slump the past couple months, reading, but haven't finished a book in a while. This one changed that. Powerful story, dark, but hopeful at the same time. Ruth's ability to persevere despite some very sad circumstances was remarkable.

RadicalReader @HollyB3 be sure to check out: A Stolen Life by Jaycee Duggard 2y
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So I am still working in central Texas about three hours from home and I found out today that I may be here for two more weeks :(. We've been working 12 hour days and when I get back to the hotel I am so tired I have only read about three pages in the last week and I've missed so much on Litsy. Trying to get at least a chapter in before I fall asleep 😴

Soubhiville I'm sorry. I hope you can get home soon. 2y
MicheleinPhilly Here's hoping you can return home soon. Glad that you are safe and sound. ❤️ 2y
Tamra 😞 Hang in there. 2y
Eggs Sounds grueling! Hope your safe return home is joyous 😍 2y
JoeStalksBeck Your whodunnits is on its way! 2y
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ClairesReads
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A really captivating story of growing up in a polygamist sect. This memoir was equal parts shocking, disturbing and interesting. The writing isn't exceptional- but a good read nonetheless.

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ClairesReads
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Debate comp interrupting my reading today 😒

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ClairesReads
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Can't get enough of reading about polygamy

Suet624 This is an amazing book. Much better than I was expecting. (edited) 2y
ClairesReads @Suet624 that's great to hear- I love a good story about polygamy! I'm just starting it tonight 😊 (edited) 2y
BarbaraBB 😂😂 2y
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Jillsandypants This book has staying power...I still think about from time to time. I hope you enjoy it! 2y
ReadingEnvy I went on a fun Google spree after this! 2y
ClairesReads @ReadingEnvy I can already tell I will be too! 2y
ClairesReads @BarbaraBB 😂😂 don't know why it excites me so much?! 2y
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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An interesting book about one girls life in what was essentially a cult. She and her siblings live an every changing life that is unsafe and inconsistent.

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Jillsandypants
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Wow. This book gave me so many feels. I started out just interested in learning about the polygamist life style of this fundamentalist American family living in Mexico, to being infuriated at some of the behaviors that some of them got away with under the idea that it was God's will, to having my heartbroken (I won't say why), to realizing that we don't always understand people's intentions. This memoir reads like a novel, and it is fantastic. 👍

TheWordJar This sounds fascinating! Stacked! 3y
Jillsandypants @TheWordJar It really is! I can't stop thinking about it. I highly recommend it. 3y
MrsMegWich I thought the same thing - memoirs that read like novels are the best! 2y
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The religion of her family was absolutely a broke down palace! No real kingdom of heaven there! In addition I kept thinking WTH is wrong with the parents. I cannot imagine letting my children suffer. But that is the complete psycho part.

This is a well written and powerful. Highly recommended look into the realities and effects of the small sect of polygamist families

#brokedownpalace #junetunz #completepsycho #characters2017

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Bumping up the TBR! 3y
josie281 @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I hope you enjoy it! I do have an interest in books regarding leaving religion behind. This was definitely one of the better. 3y
LibrarianRyan 🤓👍 3y
Cinfhen I've been waiting for a trusted review for this book! Totally stacking it!!! Nice multitasking #multiplayer 3y
Suet624 This book..my word. I'll never forget it. 2y
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BookishlyPleasant
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This book was so hard to put down. Got a little heavy in some areas, but thats to be expected in a memoir. Ruth Wariner told her story candidly, and with such a tangible voice, I felt like I was growing up along with her.