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  • Writer's pictureBecky Bechhold

3 Must-reads

uncultured by Daniella Mestyanek Young

Jaw-dropping memoir by an incredible woman who found the strength and voice to free herself from a "religious" cult. Horrifying use of mind-control to frame child sexual and psychological abuse as worship. What prevents people from speaking out?


Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng

For me, this is Ng's best work. Her portrayal of intolerance and faux patriotism in an America not vastly different from our current state. The power of the written word, libraries as sanctuaries of free speech, and the decency of many people salvage a traumatic picture of our world. A

Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver

I am only 4 chapters into this book, and I am an enormous fan of Kingsolver, but this book grabbed me on the first page. It is a hefty 560 pages, but the story moves along briskly. A story of pain, loss, suffering and recovery in the vein of David Copperfield, but set in contemporary, opioid riddled Appalachia. A


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