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Quicksand And Cactus Paperback – December 1, 1992


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  • Paperback: 342 pages
  • Publisher: Utah State University Press (December 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874211638
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874211634
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,760,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Telebomb on July 7, 2006
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book as I was driving through the Mormon country of Dixie in southwest Utah to try to get a better understanding of Mormonism. We had just toured Pipe Springs National Monument, a fort constructed by Mormons used to house polygamous families. For non-Mormons, polygamy and Mormonism is fascinating and nearly as exotic as bedouin nomads in Morrocoo.

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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barbara L. Stewart on April 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This Must Read will tell you more about the Mormon frontier in Southern Utah than any other book I have read. It is definitely one I will keep in my personal library.
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This book presents an accurate and colorful portrait of the people and conditions in Bunkerville, Nevada. Written by a local historian and in the first-person, it illustrates life among the early Mormon settlers in an isolated and arid part of the country.
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By EJR on July 14, 2011
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Bought this for my wife. I ended up reading and enjoying it. Just a great easy to read book about a time and place that not a lot of people know about. Liked it so well that I read more of her books and recommend them as well.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 8, 1999
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One of the most accessable, yet honest histories I've read. Brooks was a well-respected historian in academic circles, yet with her straightforward style instantly transports the lay reader into the early Mormon frontier.
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