Have you ever been fascinated by different cultures from all over the globe? Do you find the Counterculture of the 1960’s and 1970’s compelling? Are journal-type memoirs something that you enjoy? If you have answered ‘yes’ to any of the above questions then I suggest that you read Devika A. Rosamund’s “The Road East to India”. In this memoir, Ms. Rosamund shares with us what it was like to be a young 20-something woman travelling across the European and Asian continents in the late 20th century.
Anna LeBaron’s The Polygamist’s Daughter is one of those books that grips you and refuses to let go. All throughout the story are the undeniable themes of child abuse, enslavement, religious zealotry, spousal abuse, and cult violence. These themes tend to go hand-in-hand with the firsthand accounts of former cultists.
Every once in a while, I come across a book that is so gripping that I can’t put it down. For some reason, I find it interesting to read memoirs about those who become disillusioned with a religion (or cult) and leave. Time and time again, these brave individuals leave their safely cloistered communities and adventure into the harsh light of the real world. In this case, the book that I reviewed this week is about a former prophet’s wife who left behind everything she ever knew and questioned her entire belief system.
When I was in high school, I became fascinated by Betty Mahmoody’s autobiographical work Not Without My Daughter. In reading that particular book until it literally fell apart, I found a strength in the author that I admired exceedingly. I tried to look at the situation through an objective lens and to take everything in a fact-by-fact basis.