- Paperback: 342 pages
- Publisher: Utah State University Press; Second Edition; First Printing edition (December 1, 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0874211638
- ISBN-13: 978-0874211634
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #685,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Quicksand And Cactus Paperback – December 1, 1992
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Quicksand and Cactus is a flowing narrative of Mormon life in the last century told in a non-judgemental tone by the granddaughter of a polygamist. What sets this book apart from other books about Mormonism I've read, such as Jon Krakauer's Banner of Heaven is that Juanita Brooks fully believed in her faith from day one and practiced. There is nothing in her book that would lead you to believe that there was anything unusual at all about her grandfather being polygamous. As such, her book provides a truthful look at what being Mormon must really be like.
In addition, the book is very readable. Her voice is charming and likeable. It's a bit like Little House on the Prairie and made me admire the deep pioneering spirit of these particular Mormons who occupied an unhopitable corner of the country.
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I really liked this insight into Brook's life. I wish I had known her. I think she and my mom must have been secret sisters!Published 1 month ago by Phil Stover
Could not put this book down. It is rich with insights into rural Mormon life in Southern NV and UT and a must read for anyone with roots in the area, especially the Virgin Valley... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Wayne Horlacher