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Laura Ingalls Wilder, the politicization of her Little House Books, and her passion for wilderness.
On Joyce Carol Oates's preoccupation with violence and victimhood.
The 1857 Mountain Meadows Massacre--one of the worst mass murders in American history--was carried out and then concealed by Mormons.
"With this book, Fraser does for rewilding what David Quammen did for island biogeography in his seminal "The Song of the Dodo." Fraser uses lucid prose, engaging stories and personal experience to make the ideas accessible and vital to a wide audience."--Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Eye-opening...The most powerful and persuasive attack on Christian Science to have been written in this century."--Martin Gardner, Los Angeles Times Book Review
A review of Joyce Carol Oates' Dear Husband, and Little Bird of Heaven
Review of Red Mandarin Dress, by Qiu Xiaolong

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Godís Perfect Child: Living and Dying in the Christian Science Church

Founded by Mary Baker Eddy in 1879, Christian Science has affected the lives of millions of Americans. In this unflinching investigation, Caroline Fraser, herself raised in a Scientist household, traces the growth of the Church from a small, eccentric sect into a politically powerful and socially respectable religion that has gained extraordinary legal and congressional sanction for its practices. Fraser takes us into the closed world of Christian Scientists, who refuse to acknowledge the existence of illness and death even at the expense of their childrenís lives. And she explores the human cost of Christian Science's remarkable rise.

"New...Startling...Fraser has an eye and ear for the kind of detail that can help readers make up their own minds about an always-controversial American religious expression."--Martin Marty, The Boston Globe

"Penetrating...A work of compelling skepticism and scholarship."--The New Yorker

"Splendid."--Philip Zaleski, The New York Times Book Review

"A work of impassioned rationality...Important and profoundly disturbing."--Susan Jacoby, Newsday