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Book Review: The Sound of Gravel

I've been in a book hangover this week and so now I must share with you the book that did me in: 



Memoirs like this just don't happen everyday. Can you imagine pointing pen to paper and sharing your most private worries, your most traumatic experiences and the scariest, saddest moments of your life? Or what about reliving moments where you were scared, lost and worried? All of these things happen to Ruth, all before she is a teenager. 

The daughter of a polygamist, Ruth is lost among a sea of her family's life- she is one of over 40 siblings, most of whom she doesn't know exists until she is older. She learns at a very young age that without her help, her mother would not be able to handle her siblings, 2 of who are developmentally disabled.  They live in a dirt house with no electricity and have to navigate life with a "father" who divides his time among his multiple wives...

Because they live the polygamist lifestyle, Ruth's mother lives in Mexico, but once a month they make the illegal trip back to the States to gather food stamps and social security checks.

And when Ruth suffers unspeakable abuse from her stepfather, her life becomes even more of a struggle. 

There are things that Ruth, her siblings and her mother have to experience that I can't imagine anyone having to endure. But amazingly, Ruth becomes this amazing mother figure to her little sisters and brothers and she is so observing to those around her, which makes her this smart, empathetic and perceptive person that I would just die to sit down and have a heart-to-heart with. 

Because of her ability to survive, to care for her loved ones and for gaurdian angels like her grandparents, she is able to change her life...which at one point faced an outcome that could have been much, much different if Ruth wasn't the brave, smart girl that she was born to be... 

Read it. 

Currently, I am trying to get out of my slump by listening to Pretty Girls on audible and reading The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend. I'm also slowly taking in Joyce Carol Oates' The Lost Landscape, which is unsurprisingly beautiful. Next up is When Breath Becomes Air and For The Love 


And P.S. I totally didn't mean for my most perfect Kate Spade travel coffee mug to make it into both of the pics in this blog. It was complete happenstance, but a completely cute coincidence that I'm not even sad about. 



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  1. Love this mug!

    -Betsy
    www.goldwilldigger.com

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  2. That sounds like an interesting read for sure!

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  3. ohh, thans for presenting this book to us. it sounds really, really interesting and I have never heard about it before.
    Good luck with your reading slump. I've read The Readers of Broken Wheel recommend and it was fun, hope it will help!

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  4. This sounds like an incredible book! Just added it to my book list now x

    Megan | http://www.megaanalicec.blogspot.co.uk

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  5. This actually sounds really good! Sad, but good.

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  6. I will add this one to my list. Love that mug btw!

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  7. That book sounds heavy, but also inspiring and interesting. I'm going to look for it.

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  8. Need to add this to my collection, sounds moving!

    Meme x

    www.thedayinthelifeof.co.uk

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