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Detroit Lakes Public Library BOOK CLUB KIT 921 WAR (Text) 33500013340906 Main Checked out 09/19/2022

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  • ISBN: 9781250077707
  • Physical Description: 1 kit + 10 books (368 pages ; illustrations ; 22 cm), 1 discussion guide, 1 contents sheet, 1 getting started guide, 1 evaluation form
  • Publisher: New York : Flatiron Books, 2017.

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Contains: 10 copies of the book, 1 discussion guide, 1 contents sheet, 1 getting started guide, 1 evaluation form
Book ISBN 9781250077707 (paperback)
Summary, etc.:
The 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 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, this is the memoir of one girl's fight for peace and love.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2015 December #2
    Wariner was her father's thirty-ninth child (of 42). Growing up in a polygamous Mormon colony in Mexico, she never thought that life would hold anything more for her than motherhood through marriage with a man who would be supporting several families. As she relates in detail in this haunting memoir, however, her childhood revealed a dark side to the relationships in her own family. For Wariner, life in a polygamous family meant hardship and abuse, which she describes through the heartbreaking perspective of the girl she was. Through experiences such as staying with her grandparents in the States, she slowly learns to expect more from life. Rather than delving into the particulars of the community's beliefs, Wariner reveals them as they arise during otherwise everyday routines, much as a child slowly learns the workings of the world around her. This gives great depth to the portrayal of her situation and to the characterizations of her mother and stepfather. With power and insight, Wariner's tale shows a road to escape from the most confining circumstances. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

RUTH WARINER lives in Portland, Oregon. After Wariner left Colonia LeBaron, the polygamist Mormon colony where she grew up, she moved to California, where she raised her three youngest sisters. After earning her GED, she put herself through college and graduate school, eventually becoming a high school Spanish teacher. She remains close to her siblings and is happily married. The Sound of Gravel is her first book.

Subject: Wariner, Ruth.
Mormons > Mexico > Biography.
Polygamy > Religious aspects > Church of the Firstborn of the Fulness of Times.
Mormons > United States > Biography.
Book club kits.
Genre: Autobiographies.

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