Thursday, July 12, 2012

Requesting Recommendations: Polygamy!

I'm endlessly interested in the polygamist lifestyle. I can marathon-watch Sister Wives, and I've chewed over reading the couple of novels I know touch on this topic. But beyond these two, my knowledge is limited.


Do you know of any fiction OR non-fiction about polygamy that I MUST pick up? Or maybe you've just heard of other books that deal with this subject and can add to my research list. Help me out, y'all!

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  1. I've actually had Daughter of the Saints: Growing up in Polygamy on my TBR list for awhile. It's by Dorothy Allred Solomon and I've heard great things.

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    1. Thanks, Brooke! I've added it to my Goodreads wishlist!

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  2. Ack! I haven't read anything about polygamy before so I don't have any recommendations to give you. :-(

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    1. Thanks for stopping by though, Vasilly! :DDD

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  3. OMG. The 19th Wife is fantabulous - one of those books I recommend to everybody, including strangers in bars!

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    1. Oh good, Jen!!! I think I'll love that one.

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  4. Have you read The Chosen One? It's a really good YA book about polygamy. I also liked The Sister Wife by Diane Noble and Stolen Innocence by Elissa Wall.

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    1. I haven't read either of these, Denise. Thanks so much for your recommendations! I'm off to Goodreads to check them out.

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  5. I'm fascinated with polygamy too and have a guest post about researching bigamy today! I've read several memoirs about it and the one that sticks in my mind is Love Times Three.

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    1. Cool, Kathy! I'll head over to your blog and check it out. Will definitely give Love Times Three a look.

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  6. I love reading about this too - The Lonely Polygamist is going on my list!

    Are you opposed to books about polygamy in other cultures/countries? If not, The Ruins of Us by Keija Parssinen is very good, about an American woman married to a Saudi man who suddenly takes a second wife. The Secret Lives of Baba Segei's Wives is supposed to be good too, although I've not read it myself.

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    1. Sam, not opposed to books about polygamy in other cultures at all. I'll look all of these up on Goodreads. SO many great recs today! Thank you!

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  7. This is such a timely post. I read The Lonely Polygamist a few months ago, and I'm halfway through The 19th Wife right now and loving it! I'll definitely check back here to see if anyone has some other recs!

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    1. GREAT! Glad you've enjoyed these two. That's heartening since I'll probably be reading both soon. :D

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  8. Shattered Dreams – Irene Spencer

    This is a non-fiction title written by a former sister-wife.

    I found it fascinating.

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    1. I'll check that one out on Goodreads, too! Thank you!

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  9. If you are interested in Mormonism in general, Jon Krakauer's Under the Banner of Heaven is excellent. It's not specifically about polygamy though.

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    1. Lauren, someone recommended it over on Facebook as well. I remember that book but could not remember the title! I haven't read it, but apparently the cover stuck with me. lol Thanks for the recommendation. I like Krakauer's work.

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  10. I tried to post from my phone earlier but it didn't go through. Bummer. Anyway, I'll second the recommendation of The Chosen One, which is a YA novel, as well as another YA, Sister Wife (the author of this one has a long last name that starts with an H....) Both are really good! I also read Prophet's Prey, a non-fiction book, about Warren Jeffs and his Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints sect. That man is cray-cray. Finally, if you haven't watched Big Love, get thee to a DVD now because it's a fun show with a polygamist theme.

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    1. Will definitely check out The Chosen One as it seems to be getting tons of good blogger hype! :D

      Haven't watched Big Love but my book-loving office mate assures me I need to get on that, too.

      And Jeffs is nuts. Need to read more!

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  11. Seconding Under the Banner of Heaven!

    I read The 19th Wife and it made me really want to read Ann Eliza Young's actual autobiography. It's in the public domain, so you can freely download it: Wife No. 19

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    1. Thanks, MJ! Here autobiography sounds like I'd love it!

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  12. I would recommend The Chosen One as well. I've also read The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives. I didn't like it much, but some other readers do. There are reviews of both books ( and Lonely Polygamist) on my blog. I also enjoyed the Krakauer book, although it isn't as exciting as some of his other ones.

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    1. Tally another vote for The Chosen One! :D Will definitely check out your reviews!

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  13. Definitely The Secret Lives of Baba Segei's Wives - funny & sad at the same time (set in Nigeria).

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  14. You and Kathy were posting twins today! It was like rewind in the Google Reader.

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    1. I know! Great minds and all. :D

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  15. The 19th Wife is fantabulous! Escape by Carolyn Jessop is a non-fiction account of her time in a polygamous marriage and her escape from it.

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    1. Thanks, Trisha! I'm definitely leaning toward trying The 19th Wife, and we'll see where I go from there.

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  16. Just glancing at my Kindle, I have The Chosen One, Escape by Carolyn Jessop, and Secret Wives. Also I listened to Love Times Three, which is a memoir told by the three wives and one husband (with viewpoints by some of the children as well) from a polygamous family. Hope that helps!

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    1. Sounds like someone has the same interest I do!!! Definitely most interested in The Chosen One, The 19th Wife, and Love Times Three right now.

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  17. The Chosen One by Carolyn Lynch Williams. Even though it's YA it is fantastic!! I am fascinated by Sister Wives!!!!!!!

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  18. I read Escape by Carolyn Jessop awhile back and found it to be a very fascinating read! It is definitely one that I would recommend!

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  19. Hmm, are you interested in American polygamy only? I read two books (didn't love either of them, but they were interesting) that take place in Africa and deal with polygamy - Changes, a Love Story by Ama Ata Aidoo, and The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives.

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  20. I don't think anybody has mentioned Stolen Innocence: My Story of Growing Up In a Polygamous Sect, Becoming a Teenage Bride, and Breaking Free of Warren Jeffs (whew - long title!) by Elissa Wall yet. I read it a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it.
    I've added The 19th Wife to my list - The Lonely Polygamist and some of the other titles mentioned in the comments are already on my list.
    I wonder why it is that we find polygamy so fascinating. For me, I guess it's in part when it's linked to various sects - I've been fascinated by sects since I was a kid and read about the moon sect. Also, I guess for most of us, the idea of having to share our spouse with another is against everything we're taught in our romanticized western culture ...
    Anyways, I love that you asked for book suggestions related to a specific topic like this!

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  21. I thought the 19th Wife was very good and I've heard great things about Under the Banner of Heaven. Keep us posted on what you choose!

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  22. I've read both Stolen Innocence (Elissa Wall) and Escape (Carolyn Jessop) - both were extremely interesting, but I thought Wall's was a bit better writing....in case that matters.

    Also, you know the Sister Wives crew has a book out, right?? I'm so debating reading it...

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  23. I knoe this is an old post, but I'm just getting to it :) I read The Chosen One and it was one of my favorites last year.

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  24. Sadly I have nothing to recommend but I did enjoy The 19th Wife as I recall...it's been a few years since I read it.

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