Ruth Wariner and Anna LeBaron: Escaping Cults, Publishing Memoirs

Annie Bloom's welcomes cousins Ruth Wariner and Anna Lebaron to read from their memoirs about escaping the polygamist cults in which they were raised. In 1972, Ervil LeBaron (infamously nicknamed the "Mormon Manson") had his brother Joel LeBaron killed in a bid to take over as prophet of their family's fundamentalist church. The two men both practiced polygamy and fathered almost 100 children in total. Now, 45 years later, two of their (many) daughters, Anna LeBaron and Ruth Wariner, have written about their experiences. Thanks to their books, the authors reconnected and began a major family healing process.

Ruth Wariner was the thirty-ninth of her father's forty-two children. Growing up on a farm in rural Mexico, where authorities turn a blind eye to the practices of her community, Ruth lives in a ramshackle house without indoor plumbing or electricity. 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. 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 memoir of one girl's fight for peace and love. This is an intimate, gripping tale of triumph, courage, and resilience.

This is the haunting memoir of Anna LeBaron, daughter of the notorious polygamist and murderer Ervil LeBaron. Ervil's criminal activity kept Anna and her siblings constantly on the run from the FBI. Often starving, the children lived in a perpetual state of fear--and despite their numbers, Anna always felt alone. Would she ever find a place she truly belonged? Would she ever be anything other than the polygamist's daughter? Filled with murder, fear, and betrayal, The Polygamist's Daughter is the harrowing, heart-wrenching story of a fatherless girl and her unwavering search for love, faith, and a place to call home.

 

 

Event date: 
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
7834 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, OR 97219
The Polygamist's Daughter: A Memoir Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781496417558
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tyndale House Publishers - March 21st, 2017

The Sound of Gravel: A Memoir Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250077707
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Flatiron Books - April 25th, 2017