Flunk. Start. Lib/E: Reclaiming My Decade Lost in Scientology
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About the Author
Sands Hall is the author of the novel Catching Heaven, a WILLA Award Finalist for Best Contemporary Fiction, and a Random House Reader's Circle selection; and of a book of writing essays and exercises, Tools of the Writer's Craft. She teaches at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival and at the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, and is an associate teaching professor at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
A beautiful memoir...What sets this account apart from so many recent 'leaving Scientology' narratives is that the author has no ax to grind...An early candidate for memoir of the year, this is a thrilling story of one woman's search for truth and her place in the world.-- "Library Journal (starred review)"
[An] impassioned, wonderfully constructed memoir...Hall reflects with brutal honesty on her decisions throughout this meticulously crafted book, which explores her negative experiences with Scientology and how her desire to please led her to believe in the unbelievable.-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"
An intriguing, beautifully written memoir...She toggles between her family and the church, digging deeply into the dynamics of power and control, love and compassion, before coming to a surprising resolution.-- "Literary Hub"
A memoir of a life filled with joy and tragedy, and readers will appreciate the author's candor.-- "Booklist"
A significant behind-the-scenes look at this cultlike religion. Frank and edifying information on Scientology from a woman who experienced it firsthand.-- "Kirkus Reviews"
In this unflinching and nuanced self-portrait, Sands Hall examines a decade of entanglement with the cult of Scientology and her circuitous process of liberation.-- "Elizabeth Rosner, author of Survivor Cafe"
A vivid portrait of how we find a place in our family and find a path through chaos...It is a triumph, a work of great honesty and insight.-- "Karen E. Bender, author of Refund"