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Authors Spotlight – Brenda Lee and Janice McDermott

by: 
Sean, Standley Lake Library

Our third spotlight on some of the authors appearing at the Arvada Library’s Books and Bites program is themed around what philosopher William James called “the varieties of religious experience.”

Brenda Lee’s Out of the Cocoon fascinates readers with its true account of Brenda’s experiences as a Jehovah’s Witness. Trapped in the cult from childhood, Brenda recalls harrowing psychological abuse and the loss of her family as she finds the strength to escape. But don't be fooled into thinking this book is a dour read. You'll find plenty of deft humor to balance out the horror, as Brenda's memoir also manages to capture the absurdities of her situation. This is a great book for anyone interested in the psychology of cults, written by an author who is a true survivor.

What Would Your Father Say? by Janice McDermott provides readers with quite a different take on a religious upbringing. Janice vividly describes her early life in rural Iowa, where she grew up in poverty after the tragic death of her father. Spending time in an orphanage and then a convent, Janice takes a story that might seem somber and turns it into a quirky and uplifting adventure that teaches the power of faith and hope.

We hope you will come and meet Janice and Brenda, along with our other authors, at Books and Bites at the Arvada Library on Friday, September 20th from 6-8:30 PM.

You can read about some of the other authors we’ve spotlighted here and here.