Written by an ex-member of the fundamentalist church of latter day saints (FLDS), Rebecca Musser was at one point the nineteenth wife of the group's then-prophet (he went on to have over forty wives). She describes physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, especially of young girls, some of...
Book Genre: Religion
Rebecca Musser shares her experiences with the FLDS, the Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints, an extreme polygamist sect of the Mormon faith. She became the 19th wife of 85 year old, Prophet Rulon Jeffs. After years of abuse, she escapes from the culture she truly believed in...
Nicole loves her church. She has been faithful to its tenets. She goes to great lengths to reconcile who she is with the church she grew up in. This autobiography provides a realistic picture of a woman's wrestling with how to live a real life.
Solomon Schechter is working away at Oxford when a couple of wealthy, widowed sisters share a snippet of a manuscript picked up on their latest journey to Egypt. Schechter, a Jewish scholar, immediately recognizes the importance of the manuscript and embarks on sifting through 900 years of...
Gittel is excellent at keeping secrets. She has hidden the fact that she is friends with a gentile (forbidden in her Orthodox Jewish community). She keeps silent when she eats non-kosher candy and when her skirt is an inch too short. She has perfected the art of Chassidim...keeping silent. But...
In Orthodox Jewish life, much is forbidden. Especially any activities that bring you into contact with outsiders and allow you to step outside your box of restriction. 12-year old Ditty has never questioned the path that was chosen for her. Knowing her life was a series of duties to be...
Winner of the 2012 Eisner Award for Best Writer/Artist
This incredibly beautiful graphic novel from writer/artist Craig Thompson demonstrates how powerful the graphic format can be for storytelling. The novel takes place in a...
Separately, the I Ching and DNA are fascinating. A book talking about the similarities, however, is fascinating x 100! The author makes a compelling argument whether you believe in an ordered universe or not.
Pure is the story of a group of friends who all have promise rings pledging their commitment to saving sex for marriage. The girls are from different backgrounds, but the promise has brought them together as friends. When one of the girls breaks her vow, it throws the group into upheaval....
Honey and Agnes are both 14 and live at Mount Blessing - a religious compound. That's where the similarities end. Agnes wants to live up to the examples of the saints and the perfection that Emmanuel, the group's leader, expects of them. Honey sneaks TV, swears, and thinks that even Emmanuel...
Mena Reece does NOT want to start the new school year. She's been kicked out of church, lost all of her friends, and her parents aren't speaking to her, either. She THOUGHT that being a good Christian meant telling the truth and treating people well, but when she did the right thing, all she got...
Anahita and her tribe are a nomadic people of northern Iran. Anahita enjoys their traditional way of life; however, Anahita chafes at the restrictions her culture places on women. Most of all, Anahita does not want an arranged marriage to the local khan, a powerful but frightening man. Anahita...
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