Big Love

Big Love – Polygamy in Fiction & Non-Fiction
With the popularity of the HBO series Big Love, and the TLC series Sister Wives, we thought you might want to read more about this controversial way of life…
Udall, Brady
The Lonely Polygamist
Like other men in the midst of a mid-life crisis, Golden feels as though he’s drowning. His wives squabble amongst themselves, and he hardly has time for all his children — least of all the 11-year-old who’s taken a keen interest in explosives. And now his construction business is struggling. Yet even after Golden falls in love again and takes a mistress to alleviate his pain, life continues to fall short of expectations.

Solomon, Dorothy Allred
Predators, Prey and Other Kinfolk: Growing up in Polygamy
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A woman who grew up among outlaw Utah polygamists offers a window into this secret world of religious fundamentalism and describes her own break with the group and quest for personal identity.

Wall, Elissa Stolen Innocence: My story of Growing up in a Polygamous Sect, Becoming a Teenage Bride, and Breaking Free From Warren Jeffs {B Wal}
Describes the author’s childhood in the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints, her forced marriage to her abusive cousin at fourteen, how she managed to break free, and her testimony against the sect’s leader, Warren Jeffs.

Spenser, Irene
Shattered Dreams: My Life as a Polygamist’s Wife
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A polygamous wife from an Arizona Mormon community describes the beliefs that compelled her to become one of her brother-in-law’s numerous wives, the desolate conditions endured by the family on a Mexican ranch, and her eventual escape with her children.

Ebershoff, David
The 19th Wife: A Novel {Ebe}
The story of Ann Eliza Young’s crusade against polygamy intertwines with a tale of murder involving a polygamist family in present-day Utah.

Michaels, Fern
Under the Radar

Members of the Sisterhood are contacted by Judge Pearl Barnes, who has assisted fourteen pregnant teenagers escape from a secret polygamist sect and needs the sisters’ help to keep them hidden in a secure place.

Webb, Betty
Desert Lost
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When P.I. Lena Jones discovers the body of a woman connected to an infamous Arizona polygamy cult, she goes on a hunt to find the dead woman’s missing son, one of the many teenaged boys the cult rejects from its ranks to prevent competition for wives.