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In the Wilderness: Coming of Age in Unknown Country

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2002

    It was okay, but i enjoyed it.

    Iloved the way they described the other family they have trouble with,and the way her sister marries the young fellow from the troublesome family as they are described. The way syhe describes her feelings.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2001

    An Engaging Story of Self-Exploration

    Kim Barnes, currently a professor at the University of Idaho, tells the story of her unique and enigmatic childhood beautifully. The poetic language brings her tale of growing up in a strict Pentacostal home to life and haunts the reader. As a former student, I was both surprised and touched by the life she once lived. Barnes is a gifted storyteller and this book is a carefully crafted work of a woman who is remarkable in many ways.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2000

    Inside Look at Fundamentalism

    In the Wilderness is a nonfiction (a true autobiography), that reads like a novel in poetic prose, enjoyable and informative. Pay close attention to the first chapter, get through the genesis parts of the next chapter or two, and then enjoy this sincere young girl's story without assuming anything. See if you can anticipate the surprise near the end, but not the end, and certainly not the most important thing in the book. I feel like I know a lot more about life than I did before I read In the Wilderness and I'm thankful I bought it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2000

    Should have won a Pulitzer--moving memoir

    Her heart torn between unquestioned obedience to parent and church and the seductive sway of the world around her, Kim Barnes gives us the background of her sensuous Idaho woods. Poverty, rigid rules, the mockery of her peers rent her spirit until she finally succombs to the temptation of the world she had never touched. The memoir is mature and the author is in touch with herself, unafraid to bare her feelings. An excellent read!

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