ARC AUDIO BOOK REVIEW: Uncultured by Daniella Mestyanek Young
Behind the tall, foreboding gates of a commune in Brazil, Daniella
Mestyanek Young was raised in the religious cult The Children of God, also
known as The Family, as the daughter of high-ranking members. Her
great-grandmother donated land for one of The Family’s first communes in
Texas. Her mother, at thirteen, was forced to marry the leader and served
as his secretary for many years. Beholden to The Family’s strict rules,
Daniella suffers physical, emotional, and sexual abuse—masked as godly discipline and divine love—and is forbidden from getting a traditional education.
At fifteen years old, fed up with The Family and determined to build a better and freer life for herself, Daniella escapes to Texas. There, she bravely enrolls herself in high school and excels, later graduating as valedictorian of her college class, then electing to join the military to begin a career as an intelligence officer, where she believes she will finally belong.
But she soon learns that her new world—surrounded by men on the sands of Afghanistan—looks remarkably similar to the one she desperately tried to leave behind.
Told in a beautiful, propulsive voice and with clear-eyed honesty, Uncultured explores the dangers unleashed when harmful group mentality goes unrecognized, and is emblematic of the many ways women have to contort themselves to survive.
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