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The Sound of Gravel: A Memoir by [Wariner, Ruth]
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Length: 352 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Wariner, whose deceased father had 42 children, grew up in a polygamous Mormon cult town in Mexico. Even though it was the 1970s, having electricity and plumbing in the house was a struggle, and many of her siblings were developmentally disabled, and Ruth had to care for them. Her family moved often—California, Texas, New Mexico, and back to Mexico when all else failed. Schooling wasn't important, but learning how to make fresh bread and to clean house for her future husband was. In honest, posttherapy fashion, Ruth explains how her mother didn't divorce her stepfather after physical spousal abuse and repeated sexual abuse of his daughters; the girls were supposed to forgive him instead. With no self-pity, Ruth doesn't apologize for her mother's actions—she is grateful for the love of her mother and siblings, though she knows that escaping their stepfather is what ultimately saved them. Teens will root for Ruth and her siblings to survive, cry when the young woman is abused, and fear for the family when things go wrong. VERDICT Fast-paced, sincere, and gut-wrenching, just like Jeannette Walls's The Glass Castle; this is a must-purchase memoir for high school libraries.—Sarah Hill, Lake Land College, Mattoon, IL

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"The narration by Wariner compliments the candid nature of her story...A captivation and emotional story delivered in a straightforward way."-Library Journal (Starred Review)

“This audiobook provides a glimpse of Wariner's childhood of food stamps, abuse, and polygamy as well as courage and family. It's a story that will stick with listeners long after the last word.”--AudioFile.com


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  • File Size: 7148 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Flatiron Books (January 5, 2016)
  • Publication Date: January 5, 2016
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250104440
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250104441
  • ASIN: B00ZOO3SMY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,260 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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