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01/14/2014 04:29 pm ET | Updated Jan 23, 2014

Unremarried Widow by Artis Henderson

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We're not exactly big criers. (We watched The Notebook. Nothing.) But Artis Henderson's stunning new memoir, Unremarried Widow, had us bawling often and publicly.

It's not that it's intentionally tear-jerking. It's because Henderson's voice is so relatable that you can't help but imagine her story of love and loss as your own.

Read more here.

A House In The Sky by Amanda Lindhout

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We were floored by Lindhout's story when it was excerpted last month in The New York Times Magazine. But there's much more to the full narrative--not only the details of an unimaginable experience but also a probing look at the nature of survival. Instead of turning to despair, Lindhout created a sanctuary in her mind, a "house in the sky" that got her through the darkest hours.

Read more here.

The Witness Wore Red by Rebecca Musser

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If you've ever wondered what it's like to be born into such a radical world, Musser's tale is definitely worth a read.

Musser details a lot of stuff you might find unfathomable--her teenage marriage to an 85-year-old "prophet" (she was his 19th spouse), her complicated relationships with her many sister-wives, her limited contact with an "evil" outside world. But perhaps most admirable was her struggle to break away from the church and form her own identity. Ultimately, she served as a key witness against an abusive cult leader now imprisoned for life. But her journey was arduous and her bravery astounding.

Read more here.

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