It’s been three weeks since my last summer reading post so it’s time to return those books to the library and pick up some new ones. Last time I built the list around a novel that lead to a book rack filled with memoirs about jobs – funny and eye-opening. Read the post to learn more.
This time I start with a novel that reminded me of the Fritzl case, an Austrian father kept his daughter captive in concealed basement for 24 years and fathered seven of her children. Turns out Room by Emma Donoghue was inspired by the Fritzl case. It is much more than a story narrated by 5-year-old Jack who lives in a single room with his mom and in they evenings they are visited by Old Nick so you should read it to find out what happens to their lives.
Another headline story I found compelling was that of Warren Jeffs and Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) so when Escape by Carolyn Jessop was released I wanted to read it, but it was always checked out. I forgot about it until I read Room. Her eye-opening account of her life in the FLDS will seem familiar to fans of Big Love but with more abuse and heartache. For those born into FLDS their life is completely normal but for the rest of us it is bizarre.
Warren Jeffs’ nephew’s account of living and being kicked out of the FLDS is detailed in Lost Boy, but I haven’t read that book because it was described as being dry. Also, I have not read Carolyn Jessop’s follow up book, Triumph but if I come across the audiobook, I’ll listen.
I put few more memoirs from first and second wives in the book rack below that I have not read, but would like to when I’m ready for another dose of polygamy.
What are you reading or looking forward to reading this summer?
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