Becoming Sister Wives: The Story of an Unconventional Marriage
These people seem very sincere, kind & caring ~ just a nice family. The book definitely gives good insight into how such ordinary people live such a "strange" life; how, in fact, it isn't really strange at all. I came away impressed by their struggle to be honest about their lifestyle in such a judgmental world. After getting to know the family just a bit, through their words, you come away rooting for them.
What may surprise many readers is that the husband is not the "king" of the family...more
The practice of polygamy has always fascinated me but until I started watching the Brown's on TV I had never seen any examples of...more
First of all, I do not believe in polygamy, it is not the religion I was raised in, and I still follow my own religion. However, I am not one to say that mine is better than...more
Down to the actual contents of the book: despite the family mythos that the Browns cling to, their group marriage has been hideously dysfu...more
2. It actually gave a lot of direct information that in the show you sort of have to read in between the lines.
3. Things I learned from the book and not the show: Robyn has an alter ego, the extent of Meri and Janelle's hurtful past, that Kody isn't as douchy as I thought, that Christine was already doing media work before the show which is how they came about doing the show, that Robyn isn't as dumb as I thought she...more
My expectation of the book was that it would be anecdotal about the upbringings of each of the adults and the daily life of the family, possibly even delving into their religion.
However, the focus is on the emotional hardships and difficulties the wives have experienced among themselves and Kody. It almost seems like in each of the sections, a wife was talking about depression or jealousy, or hitting rock bottom with Kody.
I respect th...more
I understand the Browns' desire to live a normal life, free from judgment. I'm sure it's awful to know that people are asking personal questions ab...more
Long review: Yes, I read this book. Why? Because I'm a sucker for any TLC reality show. Also because I'm fascinated by super-religious people and why they choose to live the lifestyles they do. I can appreciate that unlike many reality shows, this one is more about the family and people that actually care about each other rather than d...more
First things first, Kody's parts were awful to read. I'm not a Kody fan and this book definitely made that feeling concrete. I was surprised by a few of the sister wives and how they treated each other esp. Meri towards Janelle and how Robin was treated while being courted by Kody.
Becoming Sister Wives is divided into four parts and each wife wrote her own section for each part. Part 1: Matrimony is each wife's story of how they came to marry Kody. Part 2: Sorority is about how the wives get along...more
The Browns do not practice that form of polygamy. They are all adults who entered the marriage...more
It was hard to know how to rate this book. The Browns are engaged on a crusade to rescue the reputation of polygamy from that of abuse, incest and discrimination and the book is part of that attempt at image repair. That doesn't mean it is dishonest exactly, but it would be naive to think material that would buy into those images...more
This book doesn't have stellar writing. I assumed that the Browns had help writing the book, but it doesn't come across as slick or professional. It reads very much like a self published book written by people with zero writing expe...more
"This is what makes plural marriage so sacred to me -- this calling to transcend my limi...more
Gallery Books|May 1, 2012|Hardcover|ISBN: 987-1-4516-6121-7
The Brown family, open polygamists, are the stars of the popular reality program Sister Wives, a hit for TLC not only because of the unusual subject matter, but also because of the honesty and frankness of the entire Brown family. Now in their own words they reveal even more to help viewers better understand the lifestyle, the family dynamics, the experience of living “on camera”, and the love shared in their unusual fa...more