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Old 04-02-2012, 11:32 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I finally finished Escape by Carolyn Jessop. If you want a peek into a fundamentalist, misogynist, polygamist, closed society, get this book and read it. It will blow your mind that this kind of abusive, under-the-radar society can exist in this country, right here under our very noses.

All I can say about it is, "I bow down and thank God that I was not born a female into the FLSD."

(Or a male either because countless young males have been arbitrarily excommunicated so there won't be so much competition for the available young females, many of whom are married off to the elder power holders in FLSD.)
She wrote a followup to that book: Triumph. It's good but not as good as Escape.

I think you would enjoy Stolen Innocence by Elissa Wall, CB. It's along the same lines as Escape and both authors were pretty much in the same family.

I saw them both on Anderson Cooper. Two very brave ladies.
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Old 04-02-2012, 11:33 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Not all FLDS people are like that. I think of the sister wives show on TLC to show the other side of the FLDS type people.
Except the Brown family makes it quite clear that they are not members of the FLDS.
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Old 04-03-2012, 07:24 AM
 
Location: Neither here nor there
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Not all FLDS people are like that. I think of the sister wives show on TLC to show the other side of the FLDS type people.
That they do and certainly no TV reality show would ever feature a family where children were beaten until they were bruised or had food withheld from them. The author had great praise for her father--also FLDS--and said he truly cared about the welfare of his wives and children. He helped her out a number of times because he was upset at the way she and her children were treated.
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Old 04-03-2012, 01:36 PM
 
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She wrote a followup to that book: Triumph. It's good but not as good as Escape.

I think you would enjoy Stolen Innocence by Elissa Wall, CB. It's along the same lines as Escape and both authors were pretty much in the same family.

I saw them both on Anderson Cooper. Two very brave ladies.
Thanks for the heads up, Ketabcha. I did not know that Carolyn Jessop had written a sequel to Escape. Will be looking for it.
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Old 04-03-2012, 04:35 PM
 
Location: not where you are
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The Color of Water, by James McBride. This by far goes on the top of my list as one of the most interesting combination memior biographies I've ever come across. Not written in any poetic flow. I'm a third of the way in and am just stupified, awed, saddened, aghast and left with many more emotions as I read this story. What an education I'm getting from reading this. Many of the mother's actions strange, but with what I've read so far, I have to say, I'm still in awe of her.
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Old 04-04-2012, 06:46 AM
 
Location: Great Falls, VA
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A Short Story of Nearly Everything.

I just love Bill Bryson and his writing style.
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Old 04-04-2012, 07:50 AM
 
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The Color of Water, by James McBride. This by far goes on the top of my list as one of the most interesting combination memior biographies I've ever come across. Not written in any poetic flow. I'm a third of the way in and am just stupified, awed, saddened, aghast and left with many more emotions as I read this story. What an education I'm getting from reading this. Many of the mother's actions strange, but with what I've read so far, I have to say, I'm still in awe of her.
I read that book a while back and I really liked it. And yes, the mom really created her own reality, which ended up working for her and her family.
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Old 04-04-2012, 02:55 PM
 
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Girl in Translation - so good.
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Old 04-04-2012, 04:19 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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Girl in Translation - so good.
That's so weird... This is an older book that was on my "to read" list a long time ago, but fell off somehow. I just put it back on my list YESTERDAY... and now you're reading it.
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Old 04-04-2012, 07:59 PM
 
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Default James Howard Kunstler's "The Witch of Hebron"

This is subtitled as "A World Made by Hand Novel" and it was the photo on the front cover that attracted me more than the title or the description on the back. (I've always had a penchant for old abandoned homes, and one of my fantasies is to travel the country exploring homes left behind -- sort of an extension of "the road not taken" maybe?)

Anyway, about a third way through I had to keep asking myself why didn't I just put this down and move on to the stack, but I just kept on reading. I am not sure what that says about the book, or about me.

It's supposed to be set in the future, after the oil is gone and there's no electricity (which I could never figure out, since there's still rivers and doesn't the author understand about hydroelectric dams -- but maybe it's me that doesn't understand).

As far as I can tell, modern literature is firmly rooted on characters that one never meets other than on the pages between two covers.

Some day I am going to try my hand at writing a novel about real people that are just trying to live their lives and don't do anything spectacularly stupid, but until then I guess I will just have to take what comes.

Apparently many like this guy, because this book was a sequel, and it has a sequel. I finished it, and won't go for either of the others. If you do, be sure and let me know.
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