An update of my January 9, 2017 Review of
“It’s Not About the Sex” My Ass:
Confessions of an Ex-Mormon Ex-Polygamist Ex-Wife:
I don’t usually do Book Reviews, for lack of time. But this book was so super, I listened to it straight through, on Audible; then listened to it again two times more — then bought the hardcover!
Being an Ex-FLDS, Ex-polygamist wife, Escapee of my Uncle Joel LeBaron’s Mormon fundamentalist cult … and a recovering Mormon, I found hilarious the story, humor, and satire in this amazingly well-written Memoir.
I related to it firsthand: practically split in half laughing at these two clever writers’ tongue-in-cheek asides and observations of life in polygamy and a Mormon fundamentalist cult!
I was so rebbed up, after listening nonstop two times to this polygamic-comedy classic, I followed up with this review to help come down from my high after a marathon read/listen to one of the best pieces of work I’ve encountered. Even the narrator was excellent.
It’s not only a true bird’s-eye view of what Mormon polygamist cults are about: It gives wise advice on how to avoid getting into a cult; or how to get out, if you’re in.
I have an aunt who, after her husband (my Uncle Ervil LeBaron n) died, joined Harmston’s TLC group — the cult Joanne Hanks and her husband fled.
After years of being part of the now-deceased Harmston’s harem, my aunt still believes he was “The One Mighty and Strong”/a prophet! Therefore, kudos to the author, Joanne Hanks, and her husband for seeing through, then having the wherewithal to flee Harmston’s cult before it could do them any more “Harm” — pun intended.
A sister of mine says Harmston’s clan was worse — more dangerous than was the cult of the psychotic serial killer “Evil Ervil” — “The Mormon Manson”!
I’m still wondering about this: I’ve not heard anything — not even in “It’s Not About the Sex” My Ass!” — to tell me Harmston was a dangerous psychotic, megalomaniac murderer like my Uncle Ervil. Though I read recently Harmston preached “blood atonement.” *
Perhaps it was safer for the authors to not relate such things in their book. But thanks, Joanne Hanks and Steve Cuno, for penning, then putting this polygamy-memoir masterpiece in print! Your words, insight, and humor have helped me and countless others who’ve read/listened to your classic work.
Note: Search engines tell more about what’s presently going on in this cult: I recently read most interesting information about the Harmston/TLC group on Tumbler, for example.