Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Escape This Summer

If you're looking for a book to read this summer - look no further - and it won't take all summer to finish. Escape was so gripping, I closed the final pages in less than 48 hrs. The next time you're in a bookstore, just read the first chapter and you'll be hooked!

It's an autobiography of a woman born into polygamy. She married at 18, as the fourth wife of a fifty-year old man. She had 8 children in 15 years.

The library loaned a copy to me. [When I put it on "hold," I was #49 on the list!] John Krakauer, wrote a succinct summary for the back: (I also heartily recommend his other books: Under the Banner of Heaven, Into Thin Air, and Into the Wild).

"ESCAPE provides an astonishing look behind the tightly drawn curtains of the FLDS Church, one of the most secretive religious groups in the US. The story of Carolyn Jessop tells is so weird and shocking that one hesitates to believe a sect like this, with 10,000 polygamous followers, could really exist in twenty-first-century America. But Jessop's courageous, heart-wrenching account is absolutely factual. This riveting book reminds us that truth can indeed be much, much stranger than fiction."

Three words from his overview I would whole-heartedly echo: weird, shocking, strange.

At the end of the book, the author says that Utah's attorney general said the FLDS is to be compared to the Taliban. "In America? 21st century?" you say. Yep. Read it for yourself.

You will appreciate your husband so much more.

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