The Sound of Gravel

The Sound of Gravel
Title The Sound of Gravel PDF eBook
Author Ruth Wariner
Publisher Flatiron Books
Pages 352
Release 2016-01-05
Genre Biography & Autobiography
ISBN 1250077710

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A New York Times bestseller, The Sound of Gravel is the remarkable true story of one girl's coming-of-age in a polygamist Mormon Doomsday cult. “A haunting, harrowing testament to survival." — People Magazine “An addictive chronicle of a polygamist community.” — New York Magazine Ruth Wariner was the thirty-ninth of her father’s forty-two children. Growing up on a farm in rural Mexico, where authorities turned 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 God will punish the wicked by destroying the world and that women can only ascend to Heaven by entering into polygamous marriages and giving birth to as many children as possible. After Ruth's father--the man who had been the founding prophet of the colony--is brutally murdered by his brother in a bid for church power, her mother remarries, becoming the second wife of another faithful congregant. In need of government assistance and supplemental income, Ruth and her siblings are carted back and forth between Mexico and the United States, where her mother collects welfare and her step-father works a variety of odd jobs. Ruth comes to love the time she spends in the States, realizing that perhaps the community into which she was born is not the right one for her. As Ruth begins to doubt her family’s beliefs and question her mother’s choices, she struggles to balance her fierce love for her siblings with her determination to forge a better life for herself. Recounted from the innocent and hopeful perspective of a child, The Sound of Gravel is the remarkable true story of a girl fighting for peace and love. This is an intimate, gripping book resonant with triumph, courage, and resilience.

Seamus Heaney and East European Poetry in Translation

Seamus Heaney and East European Poetry in Translation
Title Seamus Heaney and East European Poetry in Translation PDF eBook
Author Carmen Bugan
Publisher Routledge
Pages 383
Release 2017-12-02
Genre Literary Criticism
ISBN 1351191896

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"Poetry born of historical upheaval bears witness both to actual historical events and considerations of poetics. Under the duress of history the poet, who is torn between lamentation and celebration, seeks to achieve distance from his troubled times. Add to this a deep love for and commitment to the Irish and English poetic traditions, and a strong desire to search for models outside his culture, and you have the poetry of the Irish Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney (1939-). In this study, Carmen Bugan looks at how the poetry of Seamus Heaney, born of the Troubles in Northern Ireland, has encountered the'historically-tested imaginations' of Czeslaw Milosz, Joseph Brodsky, Osip Mandelstam, and Zbigniew Herbert, as he aimed to fulfil a Horatian poetics, a poetry meant to both instruct and delight its readers. Carmen Bugan is the author of a collection of poems, Crossing the Carpathians, and a memoir, Burying the Typewriter."

The Sound of Gravel

The Sound of Gravel
Title The Sound of Gravel PDF eBook
Author Ruth Wariner
Publisher
Pages 352
Release 2016-03-22
Genre
ISBN 9781250108319

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The Sound of Gravel is Ruth Wariner's unforgettable and deeply moving story of growing up in a polygamist Mormon doomsday community. The thirty-ninth of her father's forty-one children, Ruth is raised on a farm in the hills of Mexico, where polygamy is practiced without fear of legal persecution. There, Ruth's family lives in a home without indoor plumbing or electricity and attends a church where preachers teach that God will punish the wicked by destroying the world. In need of government assistance and supplemental income, Ruth and her siblings are carted back and forth between Mexico and the United States, where her mother collects welfare and her father works a variety of odd jobs. Ruth comes to love the time she spends in the States, realising that perhaps the belief system into which she was born is not the one for her. As she enters her teen years, she becomes a victim of abuse in a community in which opposition toward men is tantamount to arguing with God. Finally, and only after devastating tragedy, Ruth finds an opportunity to escape. Recounted from the innocent and hopeful perspective of a child, The Sound of Gravel is the remarkable true story of a girl forced to define a place for herself within a community of misguided believers. This is a gripping tale of triumph, courage, resilience, and love.

World Without Limit

World Without Limit
Title World Without Limit PDF eBook
Author Alexander Andron
Publisher FriesenPress
Pages 117
Release 2020-02-08
Genre Biography & Autobiography
ISBN 1525544071

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Like most people, Alex had big plans for his life. A successful career on Wall Street, a loving family, and a beautiful home—he was living the American dream. Then, the unthinkable happened. At thirty-four years old Alex was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. The devastating news sent him tumbling to the depths of depression and alcoholism—Alex thought he’d lost it all! Seven years later, he elected to have Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) surgery—a decision that changed the course of his life forever. He went from living his plans to living his dreams. Riding a bike to the top of a volcano, Alex achieved a vision he’d never imagined possible. Standing on the summit, he discovered a new world of unlimited possibilities. World Without Limit is a story of inspiration and hope, a true-life’s journey from promising plans to unbounded misfortune and back to unlimited possibility. Helping us to see the tragic circumstances of life, perhaps for the first time, with loving and understanding eyes.

The Sound Inside

The Sound Inside
Title The Sound Inside PDF eBook
Author Adam Rapp
Publisher Theatre Communications Group
Pages 68
Release 2020-03-10
Genre Drama
ISBN 1559369353

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“The closest thing that the American theater currently has to a David Foster Wallace, Rapp can give you the head rush of sophisticated literary allusion and unreliable narrative trickery à la Dostoevsky, and yet talk of Plano, Illinois, and let you know that he knows exactly how it feels…A gripping stunner of a play.” —Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune When Bella Baird, an isolated creative writing professor at Yale, begins to mentor a brilliant but enigmatic student, Christopher, the two form an unexpectedly intense bond. As their lives and the stories they tell about themselves become intertwined in unpredictable ways, Bella makes a surprising request of Christopher. Brimming with suspense, Rapp’s riveting play explores the limits of what one person can ask of another.

Summary of Ruth Wariner's The Sound of Gravel

Summary of Ruth Wariner's The Sound of Gravel
Title Summary of Ruth Wariner's The Sound of Gravel PDF eBook
Author Everest Media,
Publisher Everest Media LLC
Pages 36
Release 2022-03-23T22:59:00Z
Genre Biography & Autobiography
ISBN 166935914X

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Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Sample Book Insights: #1 I am the fourth child of my mother, and my father was the thirty-ninth. I grew up in the Mexican countryside town of Colonia LeBaron, founded by my grandfather after he received a vision from God. #2 I loved going to church with my family. I was always late, though, because I was fascinated by my sister’s eyelashes. #3 My mother, who was also the prophet’s wife, spoke at the church about how she was grateful for all the blessings she had received from God. She spoke about her devotion to the cause of polygamy. #4 The farther we got from the center of town, the more spread out the neighborhood became. Our house was on the other side of the reservoir, at the end of a long gravel driveway. A tall barbed-wire fence surrounded my stepfather’s property.

Paradise

Paradise
Title Paradise PDF eBook
Author Jill S. Alexander
Publisher Feiwel & Friends
Pages 256
Release 2011-07-05
Genre Young Adult Fiction
ISBN 1429995475

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Paisley Tillery is the drummer for a country rock band. If they can make it to the stage at the Texapalooza music fest, then Paisley will be closer to her dream of a career in music and a ticket out of her small Texas town. Drumming and music are what Paisley has always wanted. Until the band gets a new lead singer, the boy from Paradise, Texas. With Paradise in her life, what Paisley wants, and what she needs, complicate her dreams coming true.