1. “The Visible World”, by Mark Slouka (Houghton Mifflin, $13.95) The children of immigrants often struggle to understand a history they have not experienced that has nonetheless shaped them. Slouka’s sensitive secodn novel combines three stories: the Queens childhood of the son of Czech immigrants, his trip to Prague to learn more about his parents’ past, and a novel within the novel that imagines his mother’s romance with a member of the resistance during World War II.
2. “Stolen Innocence”, by Elissa Wall with Lisa Pulitzer (Morrow, $25.95) The star witness against the polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs recalls her upbringing in the Fundamentalist Church of latter-day Saints and describes how Jeffs forced her to marry her first cousin when she was 14.
3. “Escape”, by Carolyn Jessop with Laura Palmer (Broadway, $24.95) a former member of a fundamentalist polygamous sect describes her forced marriage to a much older man.
—– From New York Times Book Review
The first book is about immigrants in America, a topic I’ve been interested in. I am a descendant of an immigrant family in China, and now I am in America. It made me do a lot of comparison between the life of me and my people in China and those immigrants in America. I have got as much new understanding and insight as puzzle and frustration. How I wish my pen is as efficient and sensitive as my eyes and hearts to depict the situation and feelings, so as to bring people, both native and immigrants, a better mutual understanding and harmonious relationship.
Even Mrs Obama was wondering “who am I?” throughout her life. Michelle Obama is a descendant of slaves and a product of Chicago’s historically black South side. Her own family crosses racial boundaris —her mother-in-law and a sister-in-law are white — and she has spent much of her adult life trying to address racial resentment.
Michelle Robinson ‘s two-year-older brother Craig was a star basketball player at Princeton, said, “if you’re young and black and from the South side, there are always going to be people who feel you should not be there. You build up a thick skin.”
At Princeton, Mrs Obama was troubled by the questions that troubled every student, “Who am I?”
(Read the article on New York Times about her story. “After Attacks, Michelle Obama Looks for a New Introduction” )
The other two books are both about the victims of Polygamous sect of the fundamentalist church of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS). I was at the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Days (LDS), Salt Lake City, Utah. Looking at the gigantic and astoundingly beautiful church building, i was thinking how come this polygomist cult, still stands after the exposure of so many women persecuted and mistreated in their polygamous marriage.
However, I was told that this Mormon church established by Joseph Smith discarded polygny in 1994. That stimulated me to do more research and found out the difference of FLDS from LDS. The former was founded in 1935 by two Mormons who had been excommunicated from the latter, the main Mormon denomination, by continuing the policy of polygymy—Plural marriages involving one man and multiple wives.
The victims of this church are not only young women who were pulled out of school at an early age, forced into marriage with older men, constantly impregnant, and kept isolated from society, the young FLDS boys are always expelled after puberty in order to produce sufficient members of young women to satisfy the sexual and reproductive need of the older man.
When I was listening to the young girl’s evangeliance about Mormon Church to us, I made an improper joke with my friend, “if I were permitted to have 4 husbands, i would think about it. “
Redlove, I can tell you are a great fan of Nancy Grace. I can tell that you would trust the character referral of a crazy ex wife over his next door neighbor.
I can also tell that you would enjoy the writings of Dr. Paul Joseph Goebbels regarding the Jewish people.
I don’t think you get it.
You are wasting your mind reading those books.