I grew up in a cult and was married at 12 — in Texas

Want to listen to the article? Great–listen here! My mother was a liberal feminist; my father was a religious zealot who left the family to live by the cult leader. Two months before I married, I had my first period. I still wore a training bra. I was 12 and had never kissed a boy, […]

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Daniella Mestyanek Young, Uncultured, St. Martin’s Press, 2022

Want to listen to the article? Great–listen here! Uncultured, Daniella Mestyanek Young’s powerful debut memoir, is perhaps the next runaway sensation, the succession to Educated (2018) by Tara Westover. Both memoirs are stories of triumph, resiliency, and audacity. Both girls blaze from the confines of their fundamentalist Christian upbringings to shelter identities separate from their groups. They […]

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Khan el-Khalili, White, Texas, Pink Enamel

Want to listen to the article? Great–listen here! Khan el-Khalili © 2010Until you have experienced Khan el-KhaliliSmack dab in the center of Al’Qahira, Cairo you have not livedThe heat in the summer and the excruciating bone cold of the winterYour fi ngers damp and cold to the touch in December and JanuaryAnd still sweat dripping […]

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Living the Glam Life

Want to listen to the article? Great–listen here! Hi, my name is Tamara, and I’m the owner of Glambulance, the prettiest darn ambulance you’ll ever meet. She’s a girl, and I call her Glamby for short. I bought Glamby on January 15, 2020, just before the pandemic officially began. However, before settling on an ambulance, I […]

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