Actress and writer Sands Hall’s memoir of her stint as a Scientologist in the 1980s gets off to a slow start. It really picks up in the second section, however, as she explains what it was about L.Ron Hubbard’s teachings that drew her into the organization and kept her there, despite her family’s disapproval and her own misgivings. It’s different from other Scientology memoirs I’ve read in that the story doesn’t feature grim descriptions of Sea Org deprivations or daring escapes. Instead it is about one woman’s intellectual and spiritual awakening, and how, for a time, a group that many would call a cult fulfilled her deepest needs. Well worth reading. Find it in our catalog here.
(Reviewed by Amy B.)