Uncultured: A Memoir


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St. Martin's Griffin
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5.6 X 8.9 X 1.0 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

DANIELLA MESTYANEK YOUNG is an American author and speaker who was raised in the religious cult, Children of God. She later served as an intelligence officer for the US Army for over six years, making the rank of Captain, and became one of the first women in US Army history to conduct deliberate ground combat operations when she volunteered to serve on a Female Engagement Team. Daniella is also the recipient of the Presidential Volunteer Service Medal. Daniella lives with her husband and daughter in Maryland, and is a candidate for a Master's degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the Harvard Extension School.


"A tremendous story of grit and determination."
--Julia Scheeres, New York Times bestselling author of Jesus Land

"A painful and propulsive memoir delivered in the honest tones of a woman who didn't always think she'd live to tell her story." --The New York Times

"Mestyanek Young searingly captures the fear and intensity that were her constant companions in the Children of God, and she draws smart parallels between the dogmatic 'indoctrination' she encountered in both the cult and the Army . . . Readers won't be able to put down this harrowing and enthralling memoir."
--Publishers Weekly (starred)

"Affecting ... and a deft portrait of the dangers of blindly following leaders of whatever stripe." --Kirkus Reviews

"Unflinching and powerful . . . a story of resilience and survival that will stay with you long after you finish." --Buzzfeed

"Uncultured vividly cautions readers to choose a group in which you can be yourself--and be free." --Bookpage (starred)

"A riveting and heroic memoir that not only brings the reader into unchartered, horrific territories but also draws important correlations between two (seemingly different) worlds. Daniella's harrowing journey is a gift to us all as we observe the parallels and, in the process, have a deeper understanding of how abuses of power can operate and toxically spiral in any group. A must read!"
--Sarah Edmondson, author of Scarred: The True Story of How I Escaped NXIVM, the Cult That Bound My Life