Mating in Captivity: A Memoir

Mating in Captivity: A Memoir

by Helen Zuman
Mating in Captivity: A Memoir

Mating in Captivity: A Memoir

by Helen Zuman


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When recent Harvard grad Helen Zuman moved to Zendik Farm in 1999, she was thrilled to discover that the Zendiks used go-betweens to arrange sexual assignations, or “dates,” in cozy shacks just big enough for a double bed and a nightstand. Here, it seemed, she could learn an honest version of the mating dance—and form a union free of “Deathculture” lies. No one spoke the truth: Arol, the Farm’s matriarch, crushed any love that threatened her hold on her followers’ hearts. An intimate look at a transformative cult journey, Mating in Captivity shows how stories can trap us and free us, how miracles rise out of crisis, how coercion feeds on forsaken self-trust.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631523373
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication date: 05/08/2018
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 1,110,243
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Helen Zuman is a tree-hugging dirt worshipper devoted to turning waste into food, and the stinky guck of experience into fertile, fragrant prose. She holds a B.A. in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard and a Half-FA in memoir from Hunter College. Raised in Brooklyn, she lives with her husband in Beacon, NY and Black Mountain, NC. For more on life at and after Zendik, visit

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

1 Interview 3

2 Moving In 21

3 Dim Chambers 43

4 The Lure of the Ring 67

5 Last Glimpse of Sunlight 91

6 Tough Love 95

7 Traitors' Hearts 111

8 Hunting Season 125

9 Invading the Body 145

10 Untamed Flame 155

11 Arol's Embrace 165

12 Crazing 185

13 Break 195

14 Release 201

15 Reunion 217

Epilogue 225

Gratitude 227

About the Author 229

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