2018: #10 – This is Not My Beautiful Life (Victoria Fedden)

This book is touted as a hilarious, wacky story, but mostly I found it sad. Frankly, Victoria is surrounded by terrible people, with maybe the exception of her sister. And I don’t think they’re terrible because they are committing crimes, they are terrible all on their own. The best parts of the book are when she is talking about motherhood and her daughter, and my

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2017: #9 – Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology (Leah Remini)

As someone with more than a passing interest in topics like true crime and cults, I’ve long found everything surrounding Scientology to be interesting. Leah Remini is not the first person to escape Scientology, nor even the first celebrity, but it’s possible that she’s been the loudest. Before I started the book, I though that Remini had been born into Scientology, so I was surprised

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2013: #21 – Escape (Carolyn Jessop & Laura Palmer)

Title: Escape Author: Carolyn Jessop & Laura Palmer Format: Hardcover Pages:  413 Release Date: October 16, 2007 Publisher: Broadway Books Source: library Read the back of the book The dramatic first-person account of life inside an ultra-fundamentalist American religious sect, and one woman’s courageous flight to freedom with her eight children. When she was eighteen years old, Carolyn Jessop was coerced into an arranged marriage

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2012: #55 – Everybody into the Pool (Beth Lisick)

Title: Everybody Into The Pool: True Tales Author: Beth Lisick Format: Paperback Pages:  240 Release Date: 2005 Publisher: Avon Source: personal copy Read the back of the book Beth Lisick started out as a homecoming princess with a Crisco-aided tan and a bad perm. And then everything changed. Plunging headlong into America’s deepest subcultures, while keeping both feet firmly planted in her parents’ Leave It

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