It takes a lot of courage to tackle the Church of Scientology. Wright does a fabulous job of keeping his reporting neutral. He often just portrays the facts next to what the “church” claims, and the reader does the work for him of determining legitimacy. If you’ve ever been interested in the Church of Scientology or other religions, you would find this a very well-done take on the subject.
I wasn’t planning to review this book, figuring I’d be too embarrassed to write about it (or admit I had read it). After all, the author has sex with her husband every day for an entire year. Not my typical reading material. But after I started reading, I realized that other women need to hear Muller’s message. The book is really a memoir of her entire marriage, not just that one year. It’s reassuring to know that many people run up against the same obstacles in their marriages. This is a great book to read for any married woman, especially if you have kids (which I don’t, but it was still relevant!).
Highly recommended for any lover of books. Fadiman is a superb essay writer, discussing everything from marrying libraries to sesquipedalians (one of my all-time favorite words). A reminder that all of us bibliophiles are not alone – there are others out there who have quirks just as weird as ours!