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review 2018-05-16 04:01
Beyond Belief
Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape - Jenna Miscavige Hill,Sandy Rustin,Lisa Pulitzer

A few things I believe about Scientology:

 

1. L. Ron Hubbard was a con man and this was the ultimate con. He laughed all the way to the bank.

 

2. Dave Miscavige is an egomaniac and he beats his employees. 

 

3. Dave's wife has been missing for over a decade, only heard from through a lawyer, and I'm pretty sure she's dead.

 

4. I feel really bad for people that actually believe in this "religion". And that's coming from someone who believes in the invisible sky daddy. 

 

Jenna's story was so awful that at times it was hard to believe. But then you look up stories of people that escaped this cult and you learn it's an all-too-common tale. From working like a mule her whole childhood to having no true education to the constant paranoia that is the self-policing of Scientology, it was one huge nightmare. I mean, just saying you wanted to call the police was enough to get you a High Crime. A High Crime! They could beat you senseless (which they have done before) and if you say you are calling the authorities, you become the enemy.

 

I'm glad Jenna escaped. I was disappointed her husband wasn't so easy to convince to leave, but I am happy he did eventually go with her. I think books like this need to be shared so that others do not fall prey to cults. As Jenna herself said, Scientology may say to think for yourself, but it encourages the opposite. Brainwashing at its finest.

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review 2018-05-13 03:57
This is just my face
This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare - Gabourey Sidibe

I apparently have a lot in common with Gabourey. I, too, have crippling anxiety, depression, had bariatric surgery, recovered from an eating disorder, and went through my parents' divorce. I'm also too funny for my own good and tend to offend others with my humor.

 

Read this book. She's THE BOMB, to quote Obama.

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review 2017-06-23 22:37
Faith (rocks)
Faith, Volume 1: Hollywood & Vine - Pete Pantazis,Jody Houser,Dave Sharpe,Stephanie Hans,Joe Quinones,Andrew Dalhouse,Michael Spicer,Francis Portela,Marguerite Sauvage

This was so worth the read. I can totally see Rebel Wilson playing Faith in a movie of the Renegades. She was so relatable, funny and plain real. Finally, a superhero that's curvy and into things real people are. She works at a Buzzfeed type social media company like so many other modern journalist, she loves sci-f and complains about traffic. This is a real hero for real people.

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review 2017-04-17 20:28
13 Reasons
Thirteen Reasons Why - Jay Asher

Quick review.

 

Everyone should read this book once. As a victim of bullying and rumors myself, I definitely feel for Hannah. The topics this book discuss are very relevant and important. Rape culture. Gossip. Slut shaming. Treating women like meat. Mental illness and suicide. This book is a testament to what we must fight to fix in the system. Our children shouldn't feel this way. They shouldn't think dying is the only way out. 

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text 2017-04-10 17:44
Born A Crime
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood - Trevor Noah

All I kept hearing about this book was how amazing it was. And man, it did not disappoint. South Africa is no joke. Trevor manages to tell some horrible stories with good humor. He's honest, up front and open about his own criminal past, he tells about the abuse he suffered at the hands of his stepfather and he shows an undying love for his family. He's a true testament to the rags to riches story. If you need an eye opening account of a real, poor life, read this book.

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