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, 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...more
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I was given an Advance Reader Copy of this book by the author, who just happens to be my cousin.
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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,....in a fundamentalist Mormon family that believed in the
polygamist 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 p ...more
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 “s ...more
id 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 ...more
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 y ...more
This one will knock you off your feet. Ruth Wariner is ab ...more
Ruth's mother was totally in ...more
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 locati ...more
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 more than you could know.
All too often biographies are written more 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 Le ...more
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 ...more
Put this on your TBR list for January and also remember this for book group recommendations. Older teens will also like this, especially fans of A CHILD CALL ...more
Ruth was the ...more
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 more children and was an inept and unreliable provider. Ruth' ...more
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 el ...more
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!
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 mome ...more
What 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 ...more
Ruth 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 ...more
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