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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone (1 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416556869
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416556862
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 407,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A natural writer whose prose flows effortlessly as she easily mixes throwaway humor and painful memories in a compelling narrative." -- "Booklist"

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Kyria Abrahams was a regular columnist for Jest Magazine for several years, where she was featured alongside performers and writers from The Daily Show and Chappelle's Show. As a standup comic, Comedy Central twice selected her as one of ten semi-finalists for the Boston Laugh Riots Competition. She has also been a repeat performer at alternative comedy shows like "Eating It" and "Invite them Up" as well as literary readings like "How to Kick People"-each of them places where the likes of Jon Stewart, Janeane Garafalo, Patton Oswalt, Fred Armisen, and David Cross have appeared. Raised in Providence, Rhode Island she now lives in Queens, New York.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By T. Wahaid on 29 Mar. 2011
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I don't know a lot about Jehovahs Witnesses. I remember a couple of kids at school who stood out because they kept themselves to themselves, missed assembly, and didn't have to take boring RE lessons .

My sole interactions with the Jehovahs Witnesses since school have been with a very nice lady called Susan, who occasionally does the rounds of my estate preaching the word of god to anyone who happens to open the door . I'll occasionally have a little chat on the doorstep - not out of any interest in converting to the faith, but because I genuinely have an interest in peoples belief in religion, and what t is that convinces them there is something out there . I remember one conversation where she showed me a copy of the 'Watchtower' that made a few statements against the evils of smoking, drinking, and chewing betel nuts, where she laughingly confessed to not knowing what a Betel nut was - we ended up googling it together!

So, upon starting this book, my mind was a blank slate . Now, the blurb on the inside of the cover made it sound very interesting, informing us the the authors childhood was haunted by the knowledge that all her friends and neighbours were going to die in a fiery apocolypse, smurfs were evil, and that second hand objects were usually posessed by demons . It also said that at eighteen the author, Kyria, 'found herself married to a man she didn't love, with adultery her only way out'. Now, I love a good misery memoir about horrible forced marriages arranged by horribly cruel parents, and settled myself down for several chapters of outrage and shock.

Actually, this isn't a misery memoir in any fashion at all .
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Rowland Nelken on 6 Sept. 2009
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The Jehovah's Witnesses are no ordinary Christian sect. They are a state within a state and their state is a model of totalitarianism. Although they depend on nation states for schools, medical services, roads and the rest, they have convinced themselves that they, and they alone, have been appointed by Jehovah God as his sole earthly representatives.

Members are obsessively reminded that the world beyond their meeting halls and literature is the province of Satan and will, any time now, be destroyed in a terrifying orgy of destruction. The only escape is to become a full member of the Jehovah's Witnesses and to devote all one's time, beyond that required to earn a living, in the service of Jehovah's organisation. This involves regular, carefully monitored and supervised door knocking. Every JW doorknocker mouths a script identical to that dictated by the New York bosses.

Bearing the above in mind, it is hardly surprising that this ghastly outfit leaves a trail of psychological wreckage in its wake. Escape is difficult; it requires a complete deprogramming session of a mind which has been, often for decades, under the absolute control of this detestable cult. Members are ordered to shun as 'apostates' all who choose to leave, even if they are close friends and family.

A huge number of apostates of this minority cult have published their impressions of the JW life. Most are suffused with anger at years wasted in the service of a lie. Kyria Abrahams is obviously angry, but she uses the weapon of comedy to denigrate this disgusting organisation. Dictators often relish anger; ridicule can infuriate the pompous and self righteous.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Phenna on 15 Feb. 2010
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I read Kyria's book 18 months after leaving the JW's after being brought up as one. Her story really spoke to me, not only was it hilariously funny it also so accurately encapsulated what being brought up a Jehovah's Witness is like. Sometimes it was painful to be reminded about certain things that I hadn't thought about in years, certain aspects of a JW childhood, but the way it is written never made me feel sad.

I would reccomend it to any recovering JW who wants a releif from all the serious, depressing, heavy going books you can get about the JW's, or anybody who wants an objective look at the JW's.

I've already passed it on to my Baptist freind at work who read it in one night and it's steadily making its way around the staff room!
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