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  • Title: The Sound of Gravel
  • Author: Ruth Wariner
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  • A riveting, deeply affecting true story of one girl s coming of age in a polygamist family RUTH WARINER was the thirty ninth of her father s forty two children Growing up on a farm in rural Mexico, where authorities turn a blind eye to the practices of her community, Ruth lives in a ramshackle house without indoor plumbing or electricity At church, preachers teach thatA riveting, deeply affecting true story of one girl s coming of age in a polygamist familyTH WARINER was the thirty ninth of her father s forty two children Growing up on a farm in rural Mexico, where authorities turn a blind eye to the practices of her community, Ruth lives in a ramshackle house without indoor plumbing or electricity At church, preachers teach that God will punish the wicked by destroying the world and that women can only ascend to Heaven by entering into polygamous marriages and giving birth to as many children as possible After Ruth s father the man who had been the founding prophet of the colony is brutally murdered by his brother in a bid for church power, her mother remarries, becoming the second wife of another faithful congregant In need of government assistance and supplemental income, Ruth and her siblings are carted back and forth between Mexico and the United States, where Ruth s mother collects welfare and her stepfather works a variety of odd jobs Ruth comes to love the time she spends in the States, realizing that perhaps the community into which she was born is not the right one for her As she begins to doubt her family s beliefs and question her mother s choices, she struggles to balance her fierce love for her siblings with her determination to forge a better life for herself Recounted from the innocent and hopeful perspective of a child, The Sound of Gravel is the remarkable memoir of one girl s fight for peace and love This is an intimate, gripping tale of triumph, courage, and resilience.
    The Sound of Gravel A riveting deeply affecting true story of one girl s coming of age in a polygamist family RUTH WARINER was the thirty ninth of her father s forty two children Growing up on a farm in rural Mexico wh

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    1. The Sound of Gravel is RIVETING I read it in two sittings and could hardly put it down until I had read the last page It was like she was telling my own story, because in many ways she was We both lived the same deprived childhoods in a polygamist cult that eventually turned violent and deadly The scenes she described were all too familiar to me, reminding me of my own very distant past.I was given an Advance Reader Copy of this book by the author, who just happens to be my cousin Up until the d [...]

    2. My heart goes out to this young woman for her honesty, strength and courage in the writing of this memoir I, no matter how much I read, will ever understand the mindset of women who join or become involved in cults or religions such as these when there is so little of benefit to themselves and their children That this mother loved her children is apparent, she worked incredibly hard, tried to make things special at times, yet failed to defend them when they needed her most I honestly don t get i [...]

    3. Ruth Wariner s memoir about her childhood should come with a warning GUARANTEED to keep you awake during sleeping hours Ruth grew up in LeBaron, Mexico.a small town in the Mexican countryside 200 miles south of El Paso, Texas, a fundamentalist Mormon family that believed in thepolygamist teaching The Colony , is what they called it Her grandfather, Alma Dayer LaBaron was the founder in 1944 I ve read other stories and seen movies of polygamy compounds in the United States I ve personally met adu [...]

    4. Geez Louise This is a heartbreaking memoir that made me sad and mad over and over again Ruth Wariner s mother was a member of the LeBaron Mormon fundamentalist church based in Mexico Ruth was the fourth of 10 children Her father died when she was a baby, and her mother then became the second wife of a man who eventually had four wives and 24 children There is no question that Ruth loved her mother, but as she recounts her story she doesn t present a rosy picture of the world in which her mother [...]

    5. The rest of us followed silently, watching and listening as Mom took a wide step over the highway shoulder and onto the dirt road, the gravel crunching beneath her footsteps, the sound of home.The Church of the Firstborn is a church founded by an excommunicated LDS Mormon by 1924, who was excommunicated for teaching promoting and practicing plural marriage While it is true that the LDS Mormon church at one time allowed plural marriage for approximately 60 years almost twenty of those in secret , [...]

    6. suzyapproved.wordpress 20facebook Suzy Approve you ever wonder about those who were raised in a polygamist community The Sound of Gravel by Ruth Wariner is a firsthand account of a child growing up in a colony in rural Mexico Ruth s father was the founding prophet of the colony but he died when she was young leaving her to be raised by the textbook evil stepfather.Her family lives in an unfinished house lacking indoor plumbing, electricity with no means of communication The home is in such disre [...]

    7. The Sound of Gravel is in the running for my favorite book club read this year Bull Mountain is the other pick I really enjoyed It is Ruth Warnier s memoir about her poverty stricken childhood in a polygamist cult in Mexico, her dysfunctional mother, abusive step father, and struggle for survival along with her many siblings.She pulls you in, first line I am my mother s fourth child and my father s thirty ninth pg 10, ebook I read that sentence to my husband and his reaction was, Are you reading [...]

    8. What a fantastic book Anyone who knows my reading style knows that I m not a huge fan of memoir Honestly, I think most people who have written them are either too young or and I don t think there s a good way to say this without sounding like an ass don t really have that much to say that I am interested in reading about But when I heard about The Sound of Gravel, I was instantly intrigued this is not your run of the mill memoir This one will knock you off your feet Ruth Wariner is about my age [...]

    9. Holy Moses, this book just about destroyed me.This book isn t a TLC show, and readers going into with a certain sense of schadenfreude about polygamist compounds are going to be disappointed In the end, this is a tale of what happens when people pursue selfish desires like religious fervor, ideological purity, and attention from a lover over the well being of their children The themes that prevail throughout this book hit a lot closer to home than LeBaron, Mexico.LeBaron is the remote location R [...]

    10. Oh good heavens above I read this book voraciously, ignoring the rest of my life completely Ruth Wariner s courage is inconceivable She grew up in a fanatical Mormon polygamist Doomsday cult in Mexico The hardships such a lame word for what she endured were recounted without a single shred of self pity She shares her riveting life story from her earliest memories as a child to her life as an adult Not enough about her current life so I m hoping for a sequel Ruth s mother was totally incapable of [...]

    11. An open letter to Ruth Wariner.Wow What a story What a life you were born into and what a strong young woman you were to endure and actually thrive I could not put your memoir down until I finished it, as painful as it was in so many areas Congratulations on surviving and best wishes for a happy ever after You deserve it than you could know.

    12. This surprised me it pulled me in much than I ever thought it would.All too often biographies are written for the author themselves than for a public audience This is not the case here Ruth Wariner s book speaks of events that should be made public and will be of interest to many.She speaks of what it is like to live in a fundamentalist Mormon community We follow the first fifteen years of her life Then, at fifteen and with four of her siblings in tow, Ruth Wariner left Colonia LeBaron, the po [...]

    13. I thought The Sound of Gravel was a great read I found Ruth s story intoxicating and well written think Jeannette Walls, Glass Castle Once the story line picked up steam, I couldn t put it down It s amazing how well adjusted Ruth seemed even at a young age amidst such chaos and injustice Definitely recommend

    14. I saw a review of this from Heidi the Hippie Librarian around the same time I read and reviewed I Fired God My Life Inside and Escape from the Secret World of the Independent Fundamental Baptist Cult and they seemed related, so I requested it from the library right away Sometimes whimsy and impulse invert my tbr list and I m not sorry.This book will be a great read for anyone who got sucked into Big Love or Sister Wives guilty This is the true story of Ruth ie s childhood in Colonia Le Baron, a [...]

    15. The inner workings of a polygamist colony would be fascinating without any other details However, The Sound of Gravel shows us the personal side, the private side and all through the eyes of a young, brave girl The author s understanding of her mother s motives and beliefs as well as her ability to separate the terribly wrong decisions from the love of her mother was riveting This is a book I could not put down and actually stayed up half the night to finish The author draws you into her family [...]

    16. I finished this last night and am a little stunned Truly a phenomenal and believable story of a young girl s commitment to her family well, except for Lane, he was the devil incarnate The writing was great and the pace was breakneck it was a combo of GLASS CASTLE, LIAR S CLUB, and near the end Betty Mahmoody s NOT WITHOUT MY DAUGHTER This will definitely be in my top best books of 2015 list oh wait, I guess that would be 2016 Put this on your TBR list for January and also remember this for book [...]

    17. I wonder how many times Ruth Wariner s writing was interrupted by tears as she recalled her childhood The Sound of Gravelrecounts a lifestyle that I never imagined existed in this era one that include polygamous marriages with multitudes of children and unspeakable poverty She tells her story in a matter of fact style that I can only imagine reveals the strength that helped her survive her daily struggles as well as the abuse she endured for years at the hands of her stepfather.Ruth was the thir [...]

    18. I finished this book in one sitting I am one of Ervil LeBaron s youngest children Ruth s father is my uncle Joel, my father s brother Ruth Wariner, the author of this book, is my cousin Ruth and I were not raised together, as our shared past runs on parallel tracks As I read Ruth s words, I found echoes of my own childhood The images her writing portrayed were so vivid to me, that at one point I almost could not finish She tells her story of pain, abuse, and eventual freedom in an honest and ope [...]

    19. This was an excellent memoir about growing up in a polygamist family Most people don t know a lot about polygamy except what they hear on the news in rare occasions or the current reality shows about certain families I, for one, know there are multiple points of view about everything and because someone is in a polygamist family doesn t mean their life is the same as others in the same religion This book was quite the eye opener for me with the little bit I ve learned over the years and quite th [...]

    20. This was a very well done and honest account by the author I have read other memoirs about abuse but I had not read anything that was based on growing up in a family that believes in polygamy I appreciated the author telling her story which was very hard to process the abuses, expectations and strains the author experienced as a child I really commend her for being so transparent.

    21. I won an advance reading copy of this book as a giveaway This memoir recounts the author s experiences of growing up a polygamous family Ruth was born the 39th of her father s 42 children Her father was killed when she was young and her mother remarried another polygamous man Ruth and her siblings were raised on a farm in rural Mexico The details of her physical home the family lived in extremely impoverished conditions without indoor plumbing, ramshackle or completely absent electrical wiring, [...]

    22. Ruth Wariner s memoir about growing up in a polygamist colony cult in Mexico makes the Glass Castle look like the Crystal Palace Ruth s story is outrageously harrowing, gut wrenching, and crazy making, and the fact that she got to a place where she could tell it is truly amazing I hope I can catch her on tour I m sure I m not the only one who wants to give her an enormous hug.

    23. This memoir by Ruth Wariner is well written and very interesting She documents her childhood, living as part of a polygamist sect in Mexico which was a hand to mouth existence in the 1980s The Sound of Gravel is not sensationalist but it does show a lifestyle where the assertion of faith and single minded thinking overrode common sense, in the case of this family where the stepfather Lane had four wives, huge families, produced even children and was an inept and unreliable provider Ruth s story [...]

    24. What an honor and privilege to have the opportunity to read an Advance Reader Copy ARC of The Sound of Gravel Ruth Wariner has shared the gripping story of her childhood in a remarkably captivating way Once you pick up this book, you won t be able to put it down I ve already preordered my copy can t wait to have it on my shelves

    25. Thanks to Flatiron Books for providing this advance reading copy through the First Reads Giveaway programRuth Wariner s heartbreakingly fascinating story of growing up in a Fundamentalist Mormon polygamist family is very well written This is the fastest I ve read a book in a long time I found it hard to find a good place to stop reading, because I needed to know what was going to happen next and that these sweet children were going to be okay in the end It s unfathomable to me that people lived [...]

    26. Wariner begins her narrative at 5 years old, explaining that she is her mother s fourth child, her father s thirty ninth, the product of polygamous Morman sect While one of Ruth s happiest memories is with her siblings eating a delicious dinner of warm bread, honey, and milk out of cereal bowls, this ain t no land of milk n honey Mom and kids live in a cinder block shack in a colony in LeBaron, Mexico 200 miles south of El Paso Though there is running water, there s no indoor bathroom or electri [...]

    27. THE SOUND OF GRAVEL by Ruth WarinerWhat a sad and horrifying life these children had foisted upon them by adults who should have cared for and loved them It is hard to know where to start with the father who wouldn t give his children his name, a mother so blinded by faith she puts her children in mortal danger, a community that lives in abject poverty out of fear faith stupidity It also shows the inadequacy of border patrols, government assistance, the safety net for children and women and on a [...]

    28. The Sound of Gravel grabs your attention, yanks you into the world of polygamy as seen through a child s eyes, and never lets go This memoir assails your senses and recreates through sounds, smells, and unflinching sights an unimaginable childhood One thinks, It can t get any worse, and then it does The family photos remind you this story really happened Riveting throughout, I highly recommend this book I see many avenues for discussion for a book club.

    29. Wow I don t even know how to describe how this book made me feel I typically do not read memoirs, but it was a category on a reading challenge that I m doing this year I had read an article about this book and it sounded interesting, so decided to use it for the challenge I sure had no idea what I was getting myself into I don t want to spoil the progression of the story for anyone, so I m not going to specify a lot of details, but this book made me feel a gamut of emotions There were moments I [...]

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