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The Latter Days

Author : Judith Freeman
ISBN : 9780307908629
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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An arresting, lyrical memoir about the path the author took—sometimes unwittingly—out of her Mormon upbringing and through a thicket of profound difficulties to become a writer. At twenty-two, Judith Freeman was working in the Mormon church–owned department store in the Utah town where she’d grown up. In the process of divorcing the man she had married at seventeen, she was living in her parents’ house with her four-year-old son, who had already endured two heart surgeries. She had abandoned Mormonism, the faith into which she had been born, and she was having an affair with her son’s surgeon, a married man with three children of his own. It was at this fraught moment that she decided to become a writer. In this moving memoir, Freeman explores the circumstances and choices that informed her course, and those that allowed her to find a way forward. Writing with remarkable candor and insight, she gives us an illuminating, singular portrait of resilience and forgiveness, of memory and hindsight, and of the ways in which we come to identify our truest selves. (With black-and-white photographs throughout.) From the Hardcover edition.

The Latter Days

Author : Judith Freeman
ISBN : 9780307908612
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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"When Judith Freeman was 22, she was working in the cookware department of the Mormon church-owned department store in the town in Utah where she grew up. She was living in her parents' house with her four year old son, who had already endured two heart surgeries, and she was in the process of divorcing her husband, whom she married at the age of 17. She had abandoned Mormonism, the faith into which she was born, and she was having an affair with her son's surgeon, who was married with three children of his own. She had decided she was going to be a writer. How, Freeman wonders when she looks back at that moment, did she get there? And how did she move on? The Latter Days is an arresting and lyrical memoir that traces one woman's personal trajectory from early childhood to middle age; from embracing Mormonism, to questioning it, to abandoning it; from belonging to a family, to feeling alone, to creating her own place in the world. The reader is given a glimpse, through Freeman's eyes, of Mormon culture and tradition, as well as of the ways in which our memories are constantly evolving, always subject to the force of our present. The result is a singular portrait of resilience and forgiveness, of memory and hindsight, and of identity and self--the very stuff that makes us human"--

Confessions Of A Latter Day Virgin

Author : Nicole Hardy
ISBN : 9781743435359
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Until her twenties Nicole Hardy retained absolute belief in the Mormon faith she'd been brought up in. By her thirties, however, she was struggling with the way her religion exalted motherhood above all else as a woman's destiny. As a strong-willed, adventure-seeking, creative woman, Nicole found it impossible to meet a Mormon man who'd accept her hopes and desires. But it was also a struggle to meet other men who'd be happy to respect her faith and its tenets, including chastity before marriage. Confessions of a Latter-Day Virgin chronicles Nicole's attempts to reconcile her emotional and physical needs with her spiritual life, from flying around the country in order to meet men on a Mormon dating website to taking salsa classes and moving to an island where she became an enthusiastic scuba diver. A cross between Eat, Pray, Love and Mennonite in a Little Black Dress, this witty, fascinating and entertaining memoir will resonate with anyone who's ever wanted to find a better balance between social acceptance and personal happiness.

The Book Of Mormon Girl

Author : Joanna Brooks
ISBN : 9781451699692
Genre : Religion
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From her days of feeling like “a root beer among the Cokes”—Coca-Cola being a forbidden fruit for Mormon girls like her—Joanna Brooks always understood that being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints set her apart from others. But, in her eyes, that made her special; the devout LDS home she grew up in was filled with love, spirituality, and an emphasis on service. With Marie Osmond as her celebrity role model and plenty of Sunday School teachers to fill in the rest of the details, Joanna felt warmly embraced by the community that was such an integral part of her family. But as she grew older, Joanna began to wrestle with some tenets of her religion, including the Church’s stance on women’s rights and homosexuality. In 1993, when the Church excommunicated a group of feminists for speaking out about an LDS controversy, Joanna found herself searching for a way to live by the leadings of her heart and the faith she loved. The Book of Mormon Girl is a story about leaving behind the innocence of childhood belief and embracing the complications and heartbreaks that come to every adult life of faith. Joanna’s journey through her faith explores a side of the religion that is rarely put on display: its humanity, its tenderness, its humor, its internal struggles. In Joanna’s hands, the everyday experience of being a Mormon—without polygamy, without fundamentalism—unfolds in fascinating detail. With its revelations about a faith so often misunderstood and characterized by secrecy, The Book of Mormon Girl is a welcome advocate and necessary guide.

Fugitive Days

Author : William Ayers
ISBN : 0807032778
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Famous 1960s radical Bill Ayers shares details of a decade spent living underground, from his days on the "ten most wanted" list to his part in breaking Timothy Leary out of jail.

Gypsy

Author : Gypsy Rose Lee
ISBN : 1883319951
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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This autobiography follows Gypsy Rose Lee from her childhood in vaudeville to her career as the queen of burlesque

Hillbilly Elegy

Author : J. D. Vance
ISBN : 9780062300560
Genre : Social Science
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "A riveting book."—The Wall Street Journal "Essential reading."—David Brooks, New York Times From a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, a powerful account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck. The Vance family story begins hopefully in postwar America. J. D.’s grandparents were “dirt poor and in love,” and moved north from Kentucky’s Appalachia region to Ohio in the hopes of escaping the dreadful poverty around them. They raised a middle-class family, and eventually their grandchild (the author) would graduate from Yale Law School, a conventional marker of their success in achieving generational upward mobility. But as the family saga of Hillbilly Elegy plays out, we learn that this is only the short, superficial version. Vance’s grandparents, aunt, uncle, sister, and, most of all, his mother, struggled profoundly with the demands of their new middle-class life, and were never able to fully escape the legacy of abuse, alcoholism, poverty, and trauma so characteristic of their part of America. Vance piercingly shows how he himself still carries around the demons of their chaotic family history. A deeply moving memoir with its share of humor and vividly colorful figures, Hillbilly Elegy is the story of how upward mobility really feels. And it is an urgent and troubling meditation on the loss of the American dream for a large segment of this country.

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