The Sound of Gravel Book
Score: 4
From 17 Ratings

The Sound of Gravel


  • Author : Ruth Wariner
  • Publisher : Flatiron Books
  • Release Date : 2016-01-05
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9781250077714

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The Sound of Gravel Book Description :

An instant New York Times bestseller “A haunting, harrowing testament to survival." — People Magazine “An addictive chronicle of a polygamist community.” — New York Magazine “Unforgettable” — Entertainment Weekly The thirty-ninth of her father’s forty-two children, Ruth Wariner grew up in polygamist family on a farm in rural Mexico. In The Sound of Gravel, she offers an unforgettable portrait of the violence that threatened her community, her family’s fierce sense of loyalty, and her own unshakeable belief in the possibility of a better life. An intimate, gripping tale of triumph and courage, The Sound of Gravel is a heart-stopping true story.

The Sound of Gravel Book
Score: 4
From 17 Ratings

The Sound of Gravel


  • Author : Ruth Wariner
  • Publisher : Flatiron Books
  • Release Date : 2017-04-25
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 1250077702

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The Sound of Gravel Book Description :

A riveting, deeply affecting true story of one girl’s coming-of-age in a polygamist family. RUTH WARINER was the thirty-ninth of her father’s forty-two children. Growing up on a farm in rural Mexico, where authorities turn a blind eye to the practices of her community, Ruth lives in a ramshackle house without indoor plumbing or electricity. At church, preachers teach that God will punish the wicked by destroying the world and that women can only ascend to Heaven by entering into polygamous marriages and giving birth to as many children as possible. After Ruth’s father—the man who had been the founding prophet of the colony—is brutally murdered by his brother in a bid for church power, her mother remarries, becoming the second wife of another faithful congregant. In need of government assistance and supplemental income, Ruth and her siblings are carted back and forth between Mexico and the United States, where Ruth’s mother collects welfare and her stepfather works a variety of odd jobs. Ruth comes to love the time she spends in the States, realizing that perhaps the community into which she was born is not the right one for her. As she begins to doubt her family’s beliefs and question her mother’s choices, she struggles to balance her fierce love for her siblings with her determination to forge a better life for herself. Recounted from the innocent and hopeful perspective of a child, The Sound of Gravel is the remarkable memoir of one girl’s fight for peace and love. This is an intimate, gripping tale of triumph, courage, and resilience.

The Sound of Gravel Book
Score: 4
From 17 Ratings

The Sound of Gravel


  • Author : Ruth Wariner
  • Publisher : Macmillan
  • Release Date : 2016-01-05
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9781250077691

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The Sound of Gravel Book Description :

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.

The Polygamist s Daughter Book
Score: 4.5
From 7 Ratings

The Polygamist s Daughter


  • Author : Anna LeBaron
  • Publisher : NavPress
  • Release Date : 2017-03-21
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781496417589

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The Polygamist s Daughter Book Description :

My father had thirteen wives and more than fifty children . . . This is the haunting memoir of Anna LeBaron, daughter of the notorious polygamist and murderer Ervil LeBaron. Ervil’s criminal activity kept Anna and her siblings constantly on the run from the FBI. Often starving, the children lived in a perpetual state of fear—and despite their numbers, Anna always felt alone. Would she ever find a place she truly belonged? Would she ever be anything other than the polygamist’s daughter? Filled with murder, fear, and betrayal, The Polygamist’s Daughter is the harrowing, heart-wrenching story of a fatherless girl and her unwavering search for love, faith, and a place to call home.

The Middle Place Book
Score: 4
From 42 Ratings

The Middle Place


  • Author : Kelly Corrigan
  • Publisher : Hachette Books
  • Release Date : 2008-01-08
  • Genre: Family & Relationships
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9781401395575

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The Middle Place Book Description :

For Kelly Corrigan, family is everything. At thirty-six, she had a marriage that worked, two funny, active kids, and a weekly newspaper column. But even as a thriving adult, Kelly still saw herself as the daughter of garrulous Irish-American charmer George Corrigan. She was living deep within what she calls the Middle Place--"that sliver of time when parenthood and childhood overlap"--comfortably wedged between her adult duties and her parents' care. But Kelly is abruptly shoved into coming-of-age when she finds a lump in her breast--and gets the diagnosis no one wants to hear. When George, too, learns that he has late-stage cancer, it is Kelly's turn to take care of the man who had always taken care of her--and to show us a woman who finally takes the leap and grows up. Kelly Corrigan is a natural-born storyteller, a gift you quickly recognize as her father's legacy, and her stories are rich with everyday details. She captures the beat of an ordinary life and the tender, sometimes fractious moments that bind families together. Rueful and honest, Kelly is the prized friend who will tell you her darkest, lowest, screwiest thoughts, and then later dance on the coffee table at your party. Funny yet heart-wrenching, The Middle Place is about being a parent and a child at the same time. It is about the special double-vision you get when you are standing with one foot in each place. It is about the family you make and the family you came from--and locating, navigating, and finally celebrating the place where they meet. It is about reaching for life with both hands--and finding it.

Taking a Cruise on a Dusty Gravel Road Book

Taking a Cruise on a Dusty Gravel Road


  • Author : Kelly Ried
  • Publisher : FriesenPress
  • Release Date : 2017-02-16
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Pages : 120
  • ISBN 10 : 9781525501470

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Taking a Cruise on a Dusty Gravel Road Book Description :

"I fell upon a caravan of destiny unknown ..." Taking a Cruise on a Dusty Gravel Road is a collection of personal accounts and day-to-day observations about life, love, family and nature-moments in time filtered through a poet's senses. The sound of a revving Harley. The sweet smell of rains and morning dew. Crossroads that streak the day and night. A glimpse of past and present. "I come to that place where true love and grace make me feel like staying." Share each personal encounter and savour the laughter, lightness and reflections on the gift of life.

Running with Scissors Book
Score: 3
From 3,912 Ratings

Running with Scissors


  • Author : Augusten Burroughs
  • Publisher : St. Martin's Press
  • Release Date : 2010-04-01
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 1429902523

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Running with Scissors Book Description :

Now including an excerpt from Lust & Wonder, a new memoir coming in March 2016. Running with Scissors is the true story of a boy whose mother (a poet with delusions of Anne Sexton) gave him away to be raised by her psychiatrist, a dead-ringer for Santa and a lunatic in the bargain. Suddenly, at age twelve, Augusten Burroughs found himself living in a dilapidated Victorian in perfect squalor. The doctor's bizarre family, a few patients, and a pedophile living in the backyard shed completed the tableau. Here, there were no rules, there was no school. The Christmas tree stayed up until summer, and Valium was eaten like Pez. And when things got dull, there was always the vintage electroshock therapy machine under the stairs.... Running with Scissors is at turns foul and harrowing, compelling and maniacally funny. But above all, it chronicles an ordinary boy's survival under the most extraordinary circumstances.

Breaking Night Book
Score: 4
From 70 Ratings

Breaking Night


  • Author : Liz Murray
  • Publisher : Hachette Books
  • Release Date : 2010-09-07
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9781401396206

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Breaking Night Book Description :

In the vein of The Glass Castle, Breaking Night is the stunning memoir of a young woman who at age fifteen was living on the streets, and who eventually made it into Harvard. Liz Murray was born to loving but drug-addicted parents in the Bronx. In school she was taunted for her dirty clothing and lice-infested hair, eventually skipping so many classes that she was put into a girls' home. At age fifteen, Liz found herself on the streets. She learned to scrape by, foraging for food and riding subways all night to have a warm place to sleep. When Liz's mother died of AIDS, she decided to take control of her own destiny and go back to high school, often completing her assignments in the hallways and subway stations where she slept. Liz squeezed four years of high school into two, while homeless; won a New York Times scholarship; and made it into the Ivy League. Breaking Night is an unforgettable and beautifully written story of one young woman's indomitable spirit to survive and prevail, against all odds.

Daughter of the Saints  Growing Up in Polygamy Book

Daughter of the Saints Growing Up in Polygamy


  • Author : Dorothy Allred Solomon
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release Date : 2020-04-14
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN 10 : 9780393541182

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Daughter of the Saints Growing Up in Polygamy Book Description :

"Probably the best book ever written about polygamy. Neither an apologia nor an exposé."—Salt Lake City Tribune "I am the daughter of my father's fourth plural wife, twenty-eighth of forty-eight children—a middle kid, you might say." So begins this astonishing and poignant memoir of life in the family of Utah fundamentalist leader and naturopathic physician Rulon C. Allred. Since polygamy was abolished by manifesto in 1890, this is a story of secrecy and lies, of poverty and imprisonment and government raids. When raids threatened, the families were forced to scatter from their pastoral compound in Salt Lake City to the deserts of Mexico or the wilds of Montana. To follow the Lord's plan as dictated by the Principle, the human cost was huge. Eventually murder in its cruelest form entered when members of a rival fundamentalist group assassinated the author's father. Dorothy Solomon, monogamous herself, broke from the fundamentalist group because she yearned for equality and could not reconcile the laws of God (as practiced by polygamists) with the vastly different laws of the state. This poignant account chronicles her brave quest for personal identity. Originally published in hardcover under the title Predators, Prey, and Other Kinfolk.

The Verdict  A Novel Book

The Verdict A Novel


  • Author : Nick Stone
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2015-12-15
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 512
  • ISBN 10 : 9781605989242

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The Verdict A Novel Book Description :

When Terry Flynt gets the chance to defend a millionaire accused of murder he knows that the case could make his career, but the accused man is Flynt’s greatest enemy—can he defend a man who ruined his life? Terry Flynt is a struggling legal clerk, desperately trying to get promoted. And then he is given the biggest opportunity of his career: to help defend a millionaire accused of murdering a woman in his hotel suite. The only problem is that the accused man, Vernon James, turns out to be not only someone he knows, but someone he loathes. This case could potentially make Terry's career, but how can he defend a former friend who betrayed him so badly? With the trial date looming, Terry delves deeper into Vernon's life and is forced to confront secrets from their shared past that could have devastating consequences for them both. For years he has wanted to witness Vernon's downfall, but with so much at stake, how can Terry be sure that he is guilty? And what choices must he make to ensure that justice is done?

The Blood Covenant Book

The Blood Covenant


  • Author : Rena Chynoweth
  • Publisher : Eakin Press
  • Release Date : 1990
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 370
  • ISBN 10 : WISC:89067575845

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The Blood Covenant Book Description :

The youngest of Ervil LeBaron's thirteen wives and mother of two of his fifty-seven children relates the chilling tale of Ervil LeBaron and his polygamous sect, detailing the trail of murder that continues even after his death

Writing My Wrongs Book
Score: 4
From 3 Ratings

Writing My Wrongs


  • Author : Shaka Senghor
  • Publisher : Convergent Books
  • Release Date : 2016-03-08
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101907306

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Writing My Wrongs Book Description :

New York Times Bestseller A memoir of redemption, reform, and second chances amidst America's mass incarceration epidemic. Shaka Senghor was raised in a middle class neighborhood on Detroit’s east side during the height of the 1980s crack epidemic. An honor roll student and a natural leader, he dreamed of becoming a doctor—but at age 11, his parents' marriage began to unravel, and the beatings from his mother worsened, sending him on a downward spiral that saw him run away from home, turn to drug dealing to survive, and end up in prison for murder at the age of 19, fuming with anger and despair. Writing My Wrongs is the story of what came next. During his nineteen-year incarceration, seven of which were spent in solitary confinement, Senghor discovered literature, meditation, self-examination, and the kindness of others—tools he used to confront the demons of his past, forgive the people who hurt him, and begin atoning for the wrongs he had committed. Upon his release at age thirty-eight, Senghor became an activist and mentor to young men and women facing circumstances like his. His work in the community and the courage to share his story led him to fellowships at the MIT Media Lab and the Kellogg Foundation and invitations to speak at events like TED and the Aspen Ideas Festival. In equal turns, Writing My Wrongs is a page-turning portrait of life in the shadow of poverty, violence, and fear; an unforgettable story of redemption, reminding us that our worst deeds don’t define us; and a compelling witness to our country’s need for rethinking its approach to crime, prison, and the men and women sent there. — Oprah's Super Soul 100 Member

Favorite Wife Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

Favorite Wife


  • Author : Susanne K. Schmidt
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Release Date : 2009-03-03
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN 10 : 9781599217376

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Favorite Wife Book Description :

A riveting memoir of life inside one of North America's most notorious polygamous cults.

Sister Wife Book
Score: 4
From 15 Ratings

Sister Wife


  • Author : Shelley Hrdlitschka
  • Publisher : Orca Book Publishers
  • Release Date : 2008-10-01
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 269
  • ISBN 10 : 9781551439273

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Sister Wife Book Description :

In a remote polygamist community, fifteen-year-old Celeste struggles to accept her destiny while longing to be free to choose how to live her life.

North of Normal Book
Score: 4
From 8 Ratings

North of Normal


  • Author : Cea Sunrise Person
  • Publisher : Harper Paperbacks
  • Release Date : 2015-06-23
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 006228987X

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North of Normal Book Description :

Sex, drugs, and . . . bug stew? In the vein of The Glass Castle and Wild, Cea Sunrise Person’s compelling memoir of a childhood spent with her dysfunctional counter-culture family in the Canadian wilderness—a searing story of physical, emotional, and psychological survival. In the late 1960s, riding the crest of the counterculture movement, Cea’s family left a comfortable existence in California to live off the land in the Canadian wilderness. But unlike most commune dwellers of the time, the Persons weren’t trying to build a new society—they wanted to escape civilization altogether. Led by Cea’s grandfather Dick, they lived a pot-smoking, free-loving, clothing-optional life under a canvas tipi without running water, electricity, or heat for the bitter winters. Living out her grandparents’ dream with her teenage mother Michelle, young Cea knew little of the world beyond her forest. She spent her summers playing nude in the meadow and her winters snowshoeing behind the grandfather she idolized. Despite fierce storms, food shortages, and the occasional drug-and-sex-infused party for visitors, it seemed to be a mostly happy existence. For Michelle, however, now long separated from Cea’s father, there was one crucial element missing: a man. When Cea was five, Michelle took her on the road with a new boyfriend. As the trio set upon a series of ill-fated adventures, Cea began to question both her highly unusual world and the hedonistic woman at the centre of it—questions that eventually evolved into an all-consuming search for a more normal life. Finally, in her early teens, Cea realized she would have to make a choice as drastic as the one her grandparents once had in order to save herself. While a successful international modeling career offered her a way out of the wilderness, Cea discovered that this new world was in its own way daunting and full of challenges. Containing twenty-four intimate black-and-white family photos, North of Normal is Cea’s