Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Book Review: One of Everything

I was sent another book for review. It was a shocker. It's an intriguing journey, an autobiography, about the author's dysfunctional family and her eventual salvation from joining a Mormon society.

Now, I'm not into organised religion any more, let alone bible-based Fundamentalism, but it was a riveting story. I had my doubts, at first, but as each chapter of her life unfolded, I was shocked with her exploits and curious as to how she dug herself out from the bottom of this well.

 Voss writes well, and has done her work learning how to write. Unlike myself (I co-published) she battered down walls until she managed to find a publisher. This alone shows strength and courage!

Voss begins near the end of the story, a portent of doom avoided, otherwise, I might not pick up such a defeating story. She tells her story honestly, with no holds barred. There are many facets to the story, from hitting bottom, after a life of abusing herself and her body, to abuse, an abortion, to adoption and racism.

Of 9/11 she writes:
"I need to be with Gregg and Koni, need to sit on their blue corduroy couch all day, watching the same footage all over, saying the same things to each other over and over, ritualistically grinding the shock into manageable bits."
There are many lessons in this book, for parents, children, and the rest of us in society. Excellent read.

one-of-everything-author-donna-carol-vossOne of Everything (narrative non-fiction by Donna Carol Voss)

Is it possible to overdose on life? What is recipe for happily-ever-after? How do you balance and overcome the insecurities, missteps, and explorations of youth to have a healthy adulthood? How do you proudly associate with a religion that conflicts with some of your personal views?

From shame to self-acceptance, from sexual ambiguity to definitive choice, from skepticism to belief, Donna Carol Voss’s journey from childhood through marriage and motherhood is both unique and universal, a story that will resonate long after the last page is read.


Powell River Books said...

Sounds like an interesting journey and book. I've finally started mine after all these years of editing Wayne's books. Not an easy task for me to get the story to unfold. He makes it seem so easy. I'm contemplating finding a publisher, but Wayne is encouraging self-publishing. I haven't decided yet. I may not have enough stamina (or clout) to break down any doors. - Margy

William Kendall said...

A very good review! I'm not particularly into organized religion either. Of course, Mormonism rates as a cult. I'm pretty sure I'm in a blacklist in Salt Lake City after once comparing them to the Mafia to a former roommate's elder.

Red said...

It sounds like a good read when things turn out after a long struggle.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Interesting. A large number of my relatives are Mormons. It get kind of awkward sometimes because although I am not out to offend anybody I don't really see any reason why I should self censor myself just to make them happy.

Nancy J said...

A brave lady, one I would like to read too.

Marie said...

Such an interesting book! There are so many painful stories out there. Thanks for a fascinating review.