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The activist and TED speaker Megan Phelps-Roper reveals her life growing up in the most hated family in America At the age of five, Megan Phelps-Roper began protesting homosexuality and other alleged vices alongside fellow members of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas. Founded by her grandfather and consisting almost entirely of her extended family, the tiny group would gain worldwide notoriety for its pickets at military funerals and celebrations of death and tragedy. As Phelps-Roper grew up, she saw that church members were close companions and accomplished debaters, applying the logic of predestination and the language of the King James Bible to everyday life with aplomb—which, as the church’s Twitter spokeswoman, she learned to do with great skill. Soon, however, dialogue on Twitter caused her to begin doubting the church’s leaders and message: If humans were sinful and fallible, how could the church itself be so confident about its beliefs? As she digitally jousted with critics, she started to wonder if sometimes they had a point—and then she began exchanging messages with a man who would help change her life. A gripping memoir of escaping extremism and falling in love, Unfollow relates Phelps-Roper’s moral awakening, her departure from the church, and how she exchanged the absolutes she grew up with for new forms of warmth and community. Rich with suspense and thoughtful reflection, Phelps-Roper’s life story exposes the dangers of black-and-white thinking and the need for true humility in a time of angry polarization.

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: Megan Phelps-Roper
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Release: 2019-10-08
File: 304 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780374715816

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LOUIS THEROUX: 'For anyone who enjoyed Hillbilly Elegy or Educated, Unfollow is an essential text' PANDORA SYKES: 'Such a moving, redemptive, clear-eyed account of religious indoctrination' NICK HORNBY: 'A beautiful, gripping book about a singular soul, and an unexpected redemption' DOLLY ALDERTON: 'A modern-day parable for how we should speak and listen to each other' JON RONSON: 'Her journey - from Westboro to becoming one of the most empathetic, thoughtful, humanistic writers around - is exceptional and inspiring' An Amazon Best Book of 2019 As featured on the BBC documentaries, 'The Most Hated Family in America' and 'Surviving America's Most Hated Family' It was an upbringing in many ways normal. A loving home, shared with squabbling siblings, overseen by devoted parents. Yet in other ways it was the precise opposite: a revolving door of TV camera crews and documentary makers, a world of extreme discipline, of siblings vanishing in the night. Megan Phelps-Roper was raised in the Westboro Baptist Church - the fire-and-brimstone religious sect at once aggressively homophobic and anti-Semitic, rejoiceful for AIDS and natural disasters, and notorious for its picketing the funerals of American soldiers. From her first public protest, aged five, to her instrumental role in spreading the church's invective via social media, her formative years brought their difficulties. But being reviled was not one of them. She was preaching God's truth. She was, in her words, 'all in'. In November 2012, at the age of twenty-six, she left the church, her family, and her life behind. Unfollow is a story about the rarest thing of all: a person changing their mind. It is a fascinating insight into a closed world of extreme belief, a biography of a complex family, and a hope-inspiring memoir of a young woman finding the courage to find compassion for others, as well as herself. --- 'A gripping story, beautifully told . . . It takes real talent to produce a book like this. Its message could not be more urgent' Sunday Times 'Hate's kryptonite' Washington Examiner 'An exceptional book' The Times 'A nuanced portrait of the lure and pain of zealotry' New York Times 'Unfolds like a suspense novel . . . A brave, unsettling, and fascinating memoir about the damage done by religious fundamentalism' NPR

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Author: Megan Phelps-Roper
Publisher: riverrun
Release: 2020-10-08
File: 304 Pages
ISBN-13: 1787478017

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LOUIS THEROUX: 'For anyone who enjoyed Hillbilly Elegy or Educated, Unfollow is an essential text' PANDORA SYKES: 'Such a moving, redemptive, clear-eyed account of religious indoctrination' NICK HORNBY: 'A beautiful, gripping book about a singular soul, and an unexpected redemption' DOLLY ALDERTON: 'A modern-day parable for how we should speak and listen to each other' JON RONSON: 'Her journey - from Westboro to becoming one of the most empathetic, thoughtful, humanistic writers around - is exceptional and inspiring' An Amazon Best Book of 2019 As featured on the BBC documentaries, 'The Most Hated Family in America' and 'Surviving America's Most Hated Family' It was an upbringing in many ways normal. A loving home, shared with squabbling siblings, overseen by devoted parents. Yet in other ways it was the precise opposite: a revolving door of TV camera crews and documentary makers, a world of extreme discipline, of siblings vanishing in the night. Megan Phelps-Roper was raised in the Westboro Baptist Church - the fire-and-brimstone religious sect at once aggressively homophobic and anti-Semitic, rejoiceful for AIDS and natural disasters, and notorious for its picketing the funerals of American soldiers. From her first public protest, aged five, to her instrumental role in spreading the church's invective via social media, her formative years brought their difficulties. But being reviled was not one of them. She was preaching God's truth. She was, in her words, 'all in'. In November 2012, at the age of twenty-six, she left the church, her family, and her life behind. Unfollow is a story about the rarest thing of all: a person changing their mind. It is a fascinating insight into a closed world of extreme belief, a biography of a complex family, and a hope-inspiring memoir of a young woman finding the courage to find compassion for others, as well as herself. --- 'A gripping story, beautifully told . . . It takes real talent to produce a book like this. Its message could not be more urgent' Sunday Times 'Hate's kryptonite' Washington Examiner 'An exceptional book' The Times 'A nuanced portrait of the lure and pain of zealotry' New York Times 'Unfolds like a suspense novel . . . A brave, unsettling, and fascinating memoir about the damage done by religious fundamentalism' NPR

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: Megan Phelps-Roper
Publisher: Hachette UK
Release: 2019-10-08
File: 304 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781787477988

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Catch up with the show-stopping, critically acclaimed new Vertigo series from creators Rob Williams (MARTIAN MANHUNTER, THE ROYALS: MASTERS OF WAR) and Michael Dowling (Death Sentence). A dying social media mogul leaves his billions to be split evenly between 140 random people--or however many of them are still alive at the moment of his death. This sharp, thrilling look at life in the digital age assembles a cast that includes a young black man trying to get by in St. Louis, an Iranian reporter in need of hope, a retired special forces soldier with a strange sense of purpose, and a thrill-seeking heiress--and shows us that we're all still part of the food chain. Collects UNFOLLOW #1-6.

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Genre: COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS
Author: Robert Glyndwr Williams
Publisher: Vertigo
Release: 2016
File: 144 Pages
ISBN-13: 1401262740

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In his first full collection, Instagram poet edbarry explores that elusive Venn diagram, where the sacred and profane, the spiritual and erotic overlap. With severe economy, edbarry probes the possibility of sainthood in the suburbs with concision and a fresh directness that springboards poetry from the dusty shelves of academia into your home. His is the poetry of tattoos and public spaces.

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Genre: Poetry
Author: edbarry
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Release: 2018-02-09
File: 98 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781543488883

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Financial independence gives you the confidence to live your dreams. As you work towards it, you will encounter numerous ‘financial traps’. They appear to be the right paths but are quicksand. This book not only talks about some of these financial traps and how to avoid them but also guides you to diligently save and invest so you can become financially independent. If all it takes is an hour to learn, then it's an awesome deal...isn't it?

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Genre: Reference
Author: Aditya
Publisher: Notion Press
Release: 2018-10-25
File: 40 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781644295847

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A gripping domestic thriller examining the terrifying depths of our social media obsessions. You can't stop watching her. Violet Young is a hugely popular journalist-turned-mummy-influencer, with three children, a successful husband and a million subscribers on YouTube who tune in daily to watch her everyday life unfold. Until the day she's no longer there. But one day she disappears from the online world - her entire social media presence deleted overnight, with no explanation. Has she simply decided that baring her life to all online is no longer a good idea, or has something more sinister happened to Violet? But do you really know who Violet is? Her fans are obsessed with finding out the truth, but their search quickly reveals a web of lies, betrayal, and shocking consequences...

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Charlotte Duckworth
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Release: 2020-03-10
File: 288 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781643853932

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Courtney is the 'It' girl of the 140 List: an heiress with looks, brains and all the attitude. And now, she's got her very own hit reality TV show. So what puts the 'curt' in Courtney? Why does she hate her father so much? And who is the mystery girl in the next room? Featuring art by Marguerite Sauvage (DC COMICS: BOMBSHELLS, SENSATION COMICS FEATURING WONDER WOMAN).

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Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
Author: Rob Williams
Publisher: Vertigo
Release: 2016-05-04
File: 22 Pages
ISBN-13: PKEY:T1399300075001

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Rubinstein wants access to the afterlife, but finds an enormous Samoan bodyguard blocking his path. Dave, Deacon and Ravan come face to face with an actual sea monster and, in Japan, Akira has vanished into thin air, leaving Courtney wanting blood. Meanwhile, the 140 list keeps dropping. Are we watching the Internet or is the Internet watching us?

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Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
Author: Rob Williams
Publisher: Vertigo
Release: 2016-07-06
File: 22 Pages
ISBN-13: PKEY:T1399300095001

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In Russia, Dave, Deacon and Ravan have a choice to make: take the Ekranoplan and run for their lives, or evolve into something terrifying. Meanwhile, CourtneyÕs game-changing revelation stuns the other Ò140Ó exiles. Can AkiraÕs peace compound live up to its name? Or is there a terrible price to pay if one wants to truly become a social media messiah?

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Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
Author: Rob Williams
Publisher: Vertigo
Release: 2016-10-12
File: 22 Pages
ISBN-13: PKEY:T1399300125001

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