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April 08, 2020
April is National Poetry Month! Senior Library Services Assistant Clarity Amrein has lots of ways to help you participate and celebrate.
Mikel Jollett was born into one of the country’s most infamous cults, a California commune which later morphed into the Church of Synanon, where he lived from the 1970s until age five. All children were separated from their parents when they were six months old and handed over to the cult’s “School.” After spending years in what was essentially an orphanage, Mikel escaped with his mentally unstable mother and older brother. But childhood outside Synanon was even harder, filled with poverty, emotional abuse, and addiction. Slowly, Jollett built a life that led him to Stanford University and to finding his voice as a writer and musician. This debut memoir, an O, The Oprah Magazine's 30 Most Anticipated Books of 2020 (so Far) selection, is a perfect read for fans of Tara Westover’s Educated (2018).