Flunk. Start.: Reclaiming My Decade Lost in Scientology

Flunk. Start.: Reclaiming My Decade Lost in Scientology

A captivating guide through one woman's struggle to find herself through Scientology, and how she finally escaped Is there a term for a bad choice, one you continue to make, remaining on a path even as you understand your choice is not good for you? How do you abandon that life, and attempt to live a new one, making sense of the time you had given away so willingly? Flunk. A captivating guide through one woman's struggle to find herself through Scientology, and how she finally escaped ...

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Title:Flunk. Start.: Reclaiming My Decade Lost in Scientology
Author:Sands Hall
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Genres:Autobiography
ISBN:B071P44P9R
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:368 pages pages

Flunk. Start.: Reclaiming My Decade Lost in Scientology Reviews

  • kathy
    Aug 14, 2018

    The subject of cults is a fascinating one. Extreme religious groups tend to get their hooks into people at points in their lives in which they are most vulnerable, such as a major life upheaval or tragedy. Sands Hall writes of her own experience in Scientology and the reasons she, with...

    I've read a lot about Scientology (maybe...too much about Scientology?) but this is the first thing I've read that made me understand how a basically #normal person might become a Scientologist. Also it's beautifully written and expresses a lot of very #relatable #ennui . I'd recommend...

    Wow what an excellent book. If you are looking for a book on Scientology that is shocking with lots of reveals and shocking details this is not the book for you. This is a book full of exploration and inner thoughts of a woman caught up in this cult. It?s very good. ...

    A lot has been written about Scientology. Sands Hall's memoir Flunk.Start helped me understand the mind of someone who is a seeker, who had questions every step of the way, yet persisted in using Scientology for her benefit and the benefit of others. I should disclose that I went to hi...

    Author Sands Hall grew up in a literary family where intellect was valued, and language the currency. Her brother, Oakley Hall III was a brilliant playwright until a tragic fall from a bridge left him brain dead. The accident left her family shattered, with Sands feeling unmoored and c...

    It wasn't always easy to read this book, because I know and care about the author (although I knew nothing about this part of her life until she began sharing information about the book). But you needn't be a Sands fan to read it. An interest in learning about Scientology?and about w...

    This is an extraordinary, compelling memoir. I read it in one weekend, and I am not a binge reader. I even passed on the Academy Awards to read it. (Okay, for me that?s not a huge sacrifice, but still.) Ostensibly this is the story of the decade the author lost to Scientology. But...

    Near the end, Hall tells a Scientologist friend that she's writing a memior about two cults: Scientology and the Halls, her literary family. For me, the second clan drew me in. Her father Oakley Hall wrote Warlock one the best Westerns ever. Sands' memior manages to find the good an...

    An engrossing, frank, and hypnotically structured account of the author's years-long immersion, only half-willing, into Scientology, FLUNK.START is much more than an exposť. Much has been written elsewhere about the more sensational horrors of Scientology as a mind-bending, life-eatin...

    Flunk. Start is named for the Scientology training key words for getting someone to try again when they make an error in reciting a lesson. While not an easy read, the book is a well-defined documentation of what goes on within the early training to be a Scientologist. The author fell ...

    I love a deep dive into Scientology, and I love a thoughtful, well-written memoir even more. This book is both! Hall explores her upbringing in her liberal, artistic family juxtaposed with her time spent as a Scientologist and eventually leaving the organization. In the afterword, she ...

    Hall's memoir has a much different tone than anything else I've read about Scientology. She joined the cult in large part due to her grief over the death of her brother, and she found genuine insight, community and spirituality there amidst greed, manipulation and hatred. Her ambivalen...

    This book was basically fine. I didn't find Hall's writing style to be particularly good. There's a lot of material here that she seems to think relates to the story of her time in Scientology, but she's never really able to make, for instance, her childhood relationship with her paren...

    Wow. This is a messed up "religion". Have to read more. ...

    Finally! Despite reading many, many books about Scientology, I've never had a clear idea as to how this is a religion. Where is the worship? the rituals? Thanks to this book, I have a better idea (spoiler: there really isn't worship or rituals). Ms. Hall's story of getting drawn in to ...

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  • Renata
    Apr 23, 2018

    The subject of cults is a fascinating one. Extreme religious groups tend to get their hooks into people at points in their lives in which they are most vulnerable, such as a major life upheaval or tragedy. Sands Hall writes of her own experience in Scientology and the reasons she, with...

    I've read a lot about Scientology (maybe...too much about Scientology?) but this is the first thing I've read that made me understand how a basically #normal person might become a Scientologist. Also it's beautifully written and expresses a lot of very #relatable #ennui . I'd recommend...

  • Laura
    May 05, 2018

    The subject of cults is a fascinating one. Extreme religious groups tend to get their hooks into people at points in their lives in which they are most vulnerable, such as a major life upheaval or tragedy. Sands Hall writes of her own experience in Scientology and the reasons she, with...

    I've read a lot about Scientology (maybe...too much about Scientology?) but this is the first thing I've read that made me understand how a basically #normal person might become a Scientologist. Also it's beautifully written and expresses a lot of very #relatable #ennui . I'd recommend...

    Wow what an excellent book. If you are looking for a book on Scientology that is shocking with lots of reveals and shocking details this is not the book for you. This is a book full of exploration and inner thoughts of a woman caught up in this cult. It?s very good. ...

    A lot has been written about Scientology. Sands Hall's memoir Flunk.Start helped me understand the mind of someone who is a seeker, who had questions every step of the way, yet persisted in using Scientology for her benefit and the benefit of others. I should disclose that I went to hi...

    Author Sands Hall grew up in a literary family where intellect was valued, and language the currency. Her brother, Oakley Hall III was a brilliant playwright until a tragic fall from a bridge left him brain dead. The accident left her family shattered, with Sands feeling unmoored and c...

    It wasn't always easy to read this book, because I know and care about the author (although I knew nothing about this part of her life until she began sharing information about the book). But you needn't be a Sands fan to read it. An interest in learning about Scientology?and about w...

    This is an extraordinary, compelling memoir. I read it in one weekend, and I am not a binge reader. I even passed on the Academy Awards to read it. (Okay, for me that?s not a huge sacrifice, but still.) Ostensibly this is the story of the decade the author lost to Scientology. But...

    Near the end, Hall tells a Scientologist friend that she's writing a memior about two cults: Scientology and the Halls, her literary family. For me, the second clan drew me in. Her father Oakley Hall wrote Warlock one the best Westerns ever. Sands' memior manages to find the good an...

    An engrossing, frank, and hypnotically structured account of the author's years-long immersion, only half-willing, into Scientology, FLUNK.START is much more than an exposť. Much has been written elsewhere about the more sensational horrors of Scientology as a mind-bending, life-eatin...

    Flunk. Start is named for the Scientology training key words for getting someone to try again when they make an error in reciting a lesson. While not an easy read, the book is a well-defined documentation of what goes on within the early training to be a Scientologist. The author fell ...

    I love a deep dive into Scientology, and I love a thoughtful, well-written memoir even more. This book is both! Hall explores her upbringing in her liberal, artistic family juxtaposed with her time spent as a Scientologist and eventually leaving the organization. In the afterword, she ...

    Hall's memoir has a much different tone than anything else I've read about Scientology. She joined the cult in large part due to her grief over the death of her brother, and she found genuine insight, community and spirituality there amidst greed, manipulation and hatred. Her ambivalen...

    This book was basically fine. I didn't find Hall's writing style to be particularly good. There's a lot of material here that she seems to think relates to the story of her time in Scientology, but she's never really able to make, for instance, her childhood relationship with her paren...

    Wow. This is a messed up "religion". Have to read more. ...

    Finally! Despite reading many, many books about Scientology, I've never had a clear idea as to how this is a religion. Where is the worship? the rituals? Thanks to this book, I have a better idea (spoiler: there really isn't worship or rituals). Ms. Hall's story of getting drawn in to ...

  • Aly Medina
    Jun 29, 2018

    The subject of cults is a fascinating one. Extreme religious groups tend to get their hooks into people at points in their lives in which they are most vulnerable, such as a major life upheaval or tragedy. Sands Hall writes of her own experience in Scientology and the reasons she, with...

    I've read a lot about Scientology (maybe...too much about Scientology?) but this is the first thing I've read that made me understand how a basically #normal person might become a Scientologist. Also it's beautifully written and expresses a lot of very #relatable #ennui . I'd recommend...

    Wow what an excellent book. If you are looking for a book on Scientology that is shocking with lots of reveals and shocking details this is not the book for you. This is a book full of exploration and inner thoughts of a woman caught up in this cult. It?s very good. ...

    A lot has been written about Scientology. Sands Hall's memoir Flunk.Start helped me understand the mind of someone who is a seeker, who had questions every step of the way, yet persisted in using Scientology for her benefit and the benefit of others. I should disclose that I went to hi...

    Author Sands Hall grew up in a literary family where intellect was valued, and language the currency. Her brother, Oakley Hall III was a brilliant playwright until a tragic fall from a bridge left him brain dead. The accident left her family shattered, with Sands feeling unmoored and c...

    It wasn't always easy to read this book, because I know and care about the author (although I knew nothing about this part of her life until she began sharing information about the book). But you needn't be a Sands fan to read it. An interest in learning about Scientology?and about w...

    This is an extraordinary, compelling memoir. I read it in one weekend, and I am not a binge reader. I even passed on the Academy Awards to read it. (Okay, for me that?s not a huge sacrifice, but still.) Ostensibly this is the story of the decade the author lost to Scientology. But...

    Near the end, Hall tells a Scientologist friend that she's writing a memior about two cults: Scientology and the Halls, her literary family. For me, the second clan drew me in. Her father Oakley Hall wrote Warlock one the best Westerns ever. Sands' memior manages to find the good an...

    An engrossing, frank, and hypnotically structured account of the author's years-long immersion, only half-willing, into Scientology, FLUNK.START is much more than an exposť. Much has been written elsewhere about the more sensational horrors of Scientology as a mind-bending, life-eatin...

    Flunk. Start is named for the Scientology training key words for getting someone to try again when they make an error in reciting a lesson. While not an easy read, the book is a well-defined documentation of what goes on within the early training to be a Scientologist. The author fell ...

    I love a deep dive into Scientology, and I love a thoughtful, well-written memoir even more. This book is both! Hall explores her upbringing in her liberal, artistic family juxtaposed with her time spent as a Scientologist and eventually leaving the organization. In the afterword, she ...

    Hall's memoir has a much different tone than anything else I've read about Scientology. She joined the cult in large part due to her grief over the death of her brother, and she found genuine insight, community and spirituality there amidst greed, manipulation and hatred. Her ambivalen...

    This book was basically fine. I didn't find Hall's writing style to be particularly good. There's a lot of material here that she seems to think relates to the story of her time in Scientology, but she's never really able to make, for instance, her childhood relationship with her paren...

    Wow. This is a messed up "religion". Have to read more. ...

    Finally! Despite reading many, many books about Scientology, I've never had a clear idea as to how this is a religion. Where is the worship? the rituals? Thanks to this book, I have a better idea (spoiler: there really isn't worship or rituals). Ms. Hall's story of getting drawn in to ...

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  • SeriouslyJerome
    Apr 02, 2018

    The subject of cults is a fascinating one. Extreme religious groups tend to get their hooks into people at points in their lives in which they are most vulnerable, such as a major life upheaval or tragedy. Sands Hall writes of her own experience in Scientology and the reasons she, with...

    I've read a lot about Scientology (maybe...too much about Scientology?) but this is the first thing I've read that made me understand how a basically #normal person might become a Scientologist. Also it's beautifully written and expresses a lot of very #relatable #ennui . I'd recommend...

    Wow what an excellent book. If you are looking for a book on Scientology that is shocking with lots of reveals and shocking details this is not the book for you. This is a book full of exploration and inner thoughts of a woman caught up in this cult. It?s very good. ...

    A lot has been written about Scientology. Sands Hall's memoir Flunk.Start helped me understand the mind of someone who is a seeker, who had questions every step of the way, yet persisted in using Scientology for her benefit and the benefit of others. I should disclose that I went to hi...

    Author Sands Hall grew up in a literary family where intellect was valued, and language the currency. Her brother, Oakley Hall III was a brilliant playwright until a tragic fall from a bridge left him brain dead. The accident left her family shattered, with Sands feeling unmoored and c...

    It wasn't always easy to read this book, because I know and care about the author (although I knew nothing about this part of her life until she began sharing information about the book). But you needn't be a Sands fan to read it. An interest in learning about Scientology?and about w...

    This is an extraordinary, compelling memoir. I read it in one weekend, and I am not a binge reader. I even passed on the Academy Awards to read it. (Okay, for me that?s not a huge sacrifice, but still.) Ostensibly this is the story of the decade the author lost to Scientology. But...

    Near the end, Hall tells a Scientologist friend that she's writing a memior about two cults: Scientology and the Halls, her literary family. For me, the second clan drew me in. Her father Oakley Hall wrote Warlock one the best Westerns ever. Sands' memior manages to find the good an...

    An engrossing, frank, and hypnotically structured account of the author's years-long immersion, only half-willing, into Scientology, FLUNK.START is much more than an exposť. Much has been written elsewhere about the more sensational horrors of Scientology as a mind-bending, life-eatin...

    Flunk. Start is named for the Scientology training key words for getting someone to try again when they make an error in reciting a lesson. While not an easy read, the book is a well-defined documentation of what goes on within the early training to be a Scientologist. The author fell ...

    I love a deep dive into Scientology, and I love a thoughtful, well-written memoir even more. This book is both! Hall explores her upbringing in her liberal, artistic family juxtaposed with her time spent as a Scientologist and eventually leaving the organization. In the afterword, she ...

    Hall's memoir has a much different tone than anything else I've read about Scientology. She joined the cult in large part due to her grief over the death of her brother, and she found genuine insight, community and spirituality there amidst greed, manipulation and hatred. Her ambivalen...

    This book was basically fine. I didn't find Hall's writing style to be particularly good. There's a lot of material here that she seems to think relates to the story of her time in Scientology, but she's never really able to make, for instance, her childhood relationship with her paren...

    Wow. This is a messed up "religion". Have to read more. ...

    Finally! Despite reading many, many books about Scientology, I've never had a clear idea as to how this is a religion. Where is the worship? the rituals? Thanks to this book, I have a better idea (spoiler: there really isn't worship or rituals). Ms. Hall's story of getting drawn in to ...

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  • Dave
    Mar 17, 2018

    The subject of cults is a fascinating one. Extreme religious groups tend to get their hooks into people at points in their lives in which they are most vulnerable, such as a major life upheaval or tragedy. Sands Hall writes of her own experience in Scientology and the reasons she, with...

    I've read a lot about Scientology (maybe...too much about Scientology?) but this is the first thing I've read that made me understand how a basically #normal person might become a Scientologist. Also it's beautifully written and expresses a lot of very #relatable #ennui . I'd recommend...

    Wow what an excellent book. If you are looking for a book on Scientology that is shocking with lots of reveals and shocking details this is not the book for you. This is a book full of exploration and inner thoughts of a woman caught up in this cult. It?s very good. ...

    A lot has been written about Scientology. Sands Hall's memoir Flunk.Start helped me understand the mind of someone who is a seeker, who had questions every step of the way, yet persisted in using Scientology for her benefit and the benefit of others. I should disclose that I went to hi...

    Author Sands Hall grew up in a literary family where intellect was valued, and language the currency. Her brother, Oakley Hall III was a brilliant playwright until a tragic fall from a bridge left him brain dead. The accident left her family shattered, with Sands feeling unmoored and c...

    It wasn't always easy to read this book, because I know and care about the author (although I knew nothing about this part of her life until she began sharing information about the book). But you needn't be a Sands fan to read it. An interest in learning about Scientology?and about w...

    This is an extraordinary, compelling memoir. I read it in one weekend, and I am not a binge reader. I even passed on the Academy Awards to read it. (Okay, for me that?s not a huge sacrifice, but still.) Ostensibly this is the story of the decade the author lost to Scientology. But...

    Near the end, Hall tells a Scientologist friend that she's writing a memior about two cults: Scientology and the Halls, her literary family. For me, the second clan drew me in. Her father Oakley Hall wrote Warlock one the best Westerns ever. Sands' memior manages to find the good an...

  • Becky C.
    Jul 16, 2018

    The subject of cults is a fascinating one. Extreme religious groups tend to get their hooks into people at points in their lives in which they are most vulnerable, such as a major life upheaval or tragedy. Sands Hall writes of her own experience in Scientology and the reasons she, with...

    I've read a lot about Scientology (maybe...too much about Scientology?) but this is the first thing I've read that made me understand how a basically #normal person might become a Scientologist. Also it's beautifully written and expresses a lot of very #relatable #ennui . I'd recommend...

    Wow what an excellent book. If you are looking for a book on Scientology that is shocking with lots of reveals and shocking details this is not the book for you. This is a book full of exploration and inner thoughts of a woman caught up in this cult. It?s very good. ...

    A lot has been written about Scientology. Sands Hall's memoir Flunk.Start helped me understand the mind of someone who is a seeker, who had questions every step of the way, yet persisted in using Scientology for her benefit and the benefit of others. I should disclose that I went to hi...

    Author Sands Hall grew up in a literary family where intellect was valued, and language the currency. Her brother, Oakley Hall III was a brilliant playwright until a tragic fall from a bridge left him brain dead. The accident left her family shattered, with Sands feeling unmoored and c...

    It wasn't always easy to read this book, because I know and care about the author (although I knew nothing about this part of her life until she began sharing information about the book). But you needn't be a Sands fan to read it. An interest in learning about Scientology?and about w...

    This is an extraordinary, compelling memoir. I read it in one weekend, and I am not a binge reader. I even passed on the Academy Awards to read it. (Okay, for me that?s not a huge sacrifice, but still.) Ostensibly this is the story of the decade the author lost to Scientology. But...

    Near the end, Hall tells a Scientologist friend that she's writing a memior about two cults: Scientology and the Halls, her literary family. For me, the second clan drew me in. Her father Oakley Hall wrote Warlock one the best Westerns ever. Sands' memior manages to find the good an...

    An engrossing, frank, and hypnotically structured account of the author's years-long immersion, only half-willing, into Scientology, FLUNK.START is much more than an exposť. Much has been written elsewhere about the more sensational horrors of Scientology as a mind-bending, life-eatin...

    Flunk. Start is named for the Scientology training key words for getting someone to try again when they make an error in reciting a lesson. While not an easy read, the book is a well-defined documentation of what goes on within the early training to be a Scientologist. The author fell ...

    I love a deep dive into Scientology, and I love a thoughtful, well-written memoir even more. This book is both! Hall explores her upbringing in her liberal, artistic family juxtaposed with her time spent as a Scientologist and eventually leaving the organization. In the afterword, she ...

    Hall's memoir has a much different tone than anything else I've read about Scientology. She joined the cult in large part due to her grief over the death of her brother, and she found genuine insight, community and spirituality there amidst greed, manipulation and hatred. Her ambivalen...

    This book was basically fine. I didn't find Hall's writing style to be particularly good. There's a lot of material here that she seems to think relates to the story of her time in Scientology, but she's never really able to make, for instance, her childhood relationship with her paren...

    Wow. This is a messed up "religion". Have to read more. ...

    Finally! Despite reading many, many books about Scientology, I've never had a clear idea as to how this is a religion. Where is the worship? the rituals? Thanks to this book, I have a better idea (spoiler: there really isn't worship or rituals). Ms. Hall's story of getting drawn in to ...

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  • Peacegal
    Apr 24, 2018

    The subject of cults is a fascinating one. Extreme religious groups tend to get their hooks into people at points in their lives in which they are most vulnerable, such as a major life upheaval or tragedy. Sands Hall writes of her own experience in Scientology and the reasons she, with...

  • Erika Dreifus
    Mar 22, 2018

    The subject of cults is a fascinating one. Extreme religious groups tend to get their hooks into people at points in their lives in which they are most vulnerable, such as a major life upheaval or tragedy. Sands Hall writes of her own experience in Scientology and the reasons she, with...

    I've read a lot about Scientology (maybe...too much about Scientology?) but this is the first thing I've read that made me understand how a basically #normal person might become a Scientologist. Also it's beautifully written and expresses a lot of very #relatable #ennui . I'd recommend...

    Wow what an excellent book. If you are looking for a book on Scientology that is shocking with lots of reveals and shocking details this is not the book for you. This is a book full of exploration and inner thoughts of a woman caught up in this cult. It?s very good. ...

    A lot has been written about Scientology. Sands Hall's memoir Flunk.Start helped me understand the mind of someone who is a seeker, who had questions every step of the way, yet persisted in using Scientology for her benefit and the benefit of others. I should disclose that I went to hi...

    Author Sands Hall grew up in a literary family where intellect was valued, and language the currency. Her brother, Oakley Hall III was a brilliant playwright until a tragic fall from a bridge left him brain dead. The accident left her family shattered, with Sands feeling unmoored and c...

    It wasn't always easy to read this book, because I know and care about the author (although I knew nothing about this part of her life until she began sharing information about the book). But you needn't be a Sands fan to read it. An interest in learning about Scientology?and about w...

  • Susan
    May 20, 2018

    The subject of cults is a fascinating one. Extreme religious groups tend to get their hooks into people at points in their lives in which they are most vulnerable, such as a major life upheaval or tragedy. Sands Hall writes of her own experience in Scientology and the reasons she, with...

    I've read a lot about Scientology (maybe...too much about Scientology?) but this is the first thing I've read that made me understand how a basically #normal person might become a Scientologist. Also it's beautifully written and expresses a lot of very #relatable #ennui . I'd recommend...

    Wow what an excellent book. If you are looking for a book on Scientology that is shocking with lots of reveals and shocking details this is not the book for you. This is a book full of exploration and inner thoughts of a woman caught up in this cult. It?s very good. ...

  • Debbie Boucher
    Mar 26, 2018

    The subject of cults is a fascinating one. Extreme religious groups tend to get their hooks into people at points in their lives in which they are most vulnerable, such as a major life upheaval or tragedy. Sands Hall writes of her own experience in Scientology and the reasons she, with...

    I've read a lot about Scientology (maybe...too much about Scientology?) but this is the first thing I've read that made me understand how a basically #normal person might become a Scientologist. Also it's beautifully written and expresses a lot of very #relatable #ennui . I'd recommend...

    Wow what an excellent book. If you are looking for a book on Scientology that is shocking with lots of reveals and shocking details this is not the book for you. This is a book full of exploration and inner thoughts of a woman caught up in this cult. It?s very good. ...

    A lot has been written about Scientology. Sands Hall's memoir Flunk.Start helped me understand the mind of someone who is a seeker, who had questions every step of the way, yet persisted in using Scientology for her benefit and the benefit of others. I should disclose that I went to hi...

  • Dorothy
    Jun 02, 2018

    The subject of cults is a fascinating one. Extreme religious groups tend to get their hooks into people at points in their lives in which they are most vulnerable, such as a major life upheaval or tragedy. Sands Hall writes of her own experience in Scientology and the reasons she, with...

    I've read a lot about Scientology (maybe...too much about Scientology?) but this is the first thing I've read that made me understand how a basically #normal person might become a Scientologist. Also it's beautifully written and expresses a lot of very #relatable #ennui . I'd recommend...

    Wow what an excellent book. If you are looking for a book on Scientology that is shocking with lots of reveals and shocking details this is not the book for you. This is a book full of exploration and inner thoughts of a woman caught up in this cult. It?s very good. ...

    A lot has been written about Scientology. Sands Hall's memoir Flunk.Start helped me understand the mind of someone who is a seeker, who had questions every step of the way, yet persisted in using Scientology for her benefit and the benefit of others. I should disclose that I went to hi...

    Author Sands Hall grew up in a literary family where intellect was valued, and language the currency. Her brother, Oakley Hall III was a brilliant playwright until a tragic fall from a bridge left him brain dead. The accident left her family shattered, with Sands feeling unmoored and c...

    It wasn't always easy to read this book, because I know and care about the author (although I knew nothing about this part of her life until she began sharing information about the book). But you needn't be a Sands fan to read it. An interest in learning about Scientology?and about w...

    This is an extraordinary, compelling memoir. I read it in one weekend, and I am not a binge reader. I even passed on the Academy Awards to read it. (Okay, for me that?s not a huge sacrifice, but still.) Ostensibly this is the story of the decade the author lost to Scientology. But...

    Near the end, Hall tells a Scientologist friend that she's writing a memior about two cults: Scientology and the Halls, her literary family. For me, the second clan drew me in. Her father Oakley Hall wrote Warlock one the best Westerns ever. Sands' memior manages to find the good an...

    An engrossing, frank, and hypnotically structured account of the author's years-long immersion, only half-willing, into Scientology, FLUNK.START is much more than an exposť. Much has been written elsewhere about the more sensational horrors of Scientology as a mind-bending, life-eatin...

    Flunk. Start is named for the Scientology training key words for getting someone to try again when they make an error in reciting a lesson. While not an easy read, the book is a well-defined documentation of what goes on within the early training to be a Scientologist. The author fell ...

  • Steve Erickson
    Aug 09, 2018

    The subject of cults is a fascinating one. Extreme religious groups tend to get their hooks into people at points in their lives in which they are most vulnerable, such as a major life upheaval or tragedy. Sands Hall writes of her own experience in Scientology and the reasons she, with...

    I've read a lot about Scientology (maybe...too much about Scientology?) but this is the first thing I've read that made me understand how a basically #normal person might become a Scientologist. Also it's beautifully written and expresses a lot of very #relatable #ennui . I'd recommend...

    Wow what an excellent book. If you are looking for a book on Scientology that is shocking with lots of reveals and shocking details this is not the book for you. This is a book full of exploration and inner thoughts of a woman caught up in this cult. It?s very good. ...

    A lot has been written about Scientology. Sands Hall's memoir Flunk.Start helped me understand the mind of someone who is a seeker, who had questions every step of the way, yet persisted in using Scientology for her benefit and the benefit of others. I should disclose that I went to hi...

    Author Sands Hall grew up in a literary family where intellect was valued, and language the currency. Her brother, Oakley Hall III was a brilliant playwright until a tragic fall from a bridge left him brain dead. The accident left her family shattered, with Sands feeling unmoored and c...

    It wasn't always easy to read this book, because I know and care about the author (although I knew nothing about this part of her life until she began sharing information about the book). But you needn't be a Sands fan to read it. An interest in learning about Scientology?and about w...

    This is an extraordinary, compelling memoir. I read it in one weekend, and I am not a binge reader. I even passed on the Academy Awards to read it. (Okay, for me that?s not a huge sacrifice, but still.) Ostensibly this is the story of the decade the author lost to Scientology. But...

    Near the end, Hall tells a Scientologist friend that she's writing a memior about two cults: Scientology and the Halls, her literary family. For me, the second clan drew me in. Her father Oakley Hall wrote Warlock one the best Westerns ever. Sands' memior manages to find the good an...

    An engrossing, frank, and hypnotically structured account of the author's years-long immersion, only half-willing, into Scientology, FLUNK.START is much more than an exposť. Much has been written elsewhere about the more sensational horrors of Scientology as a mind-bending, life-eatin...

    Flunk. Start is named for the Scientology training key words for getting someone to try again when they make an error in reciting a lesson. While not an easy read, the book is a well-defined documentation of what goes on within the early training to be a Scientologist. The author fell ...

    I love a deep dive into Scientology, and I love a thoughtful, well-written memoir even more. This book is both! Hall explores her upbringing in her liberal, artistic family juxtaposed with her time spent as a Scientologist and eventually leaving the organization. In the afterword, she ...

    Hall's memoir has a much different tone than anything else I've read about Scientology. She joined the cult in large part due to her grief over the death of her brother, and she found genuine insight, community and spirituality there amidst greed, manipulation and hatred. Her ambivalen...

  • Becky
    Apr 24, 2018

    The subject of cults is a fascinating one. Extreme religious groups tend to get their hooks into people at points in their lives in which they are most vulnerable, such as a major life upheaval or tragedy. Sands Hall writes of her own experience in Scientology and the reasons she, with...

    I've read a lot about Scientology (maybe...too much about Scientology?) but this is the first thing I've read that made me understand how a basically #normal person might become a Scientologist. Also it's beautifully written and expresses a lot of very #relatable #ennui . I'd recommend...

    Wow what an excellent book. If you are looking for a book on Scientology that is shocking with lots of reveals and shocking details this is not the book for you. This is a book full of exploration and inner thoughts of a woman caught up in this cult. It?s very good. ...

    A lot has been written about Scientology. Sands Hall's memoir Flunk.Start helped me understand the mind of someone who is a seeker, who had questions every step of the way, yet persisted in using Scientology for her benefit and the benefit of others. I should disclose that I went to hi...

    Author Sands Hall grew up in a literary family where intellect was valued, and language the currency. Her brother, Oakley Hall III was a brilliant playwright until a tragic fall from a bridge left him brain dead. The accident left her family shattered, with Sands feeling unmoored and c...

    It wasn't always easy to read this book, because I know and care about the author (although I knew nothing about this part of her life until she began sharing information about the book). But you needn't be a Sands fan to read it. An interest in learning about Scientology?and about w...

    This is an extraordinary, compelling memoir. I read it in one weekend, and I am not a binge reader. I even passed on the Academy Awards to read it. (Okay, for me that?s not a huge sacrifice, but still.) Ostensibly this is the story of the decade the author lost to Scientology. But...

    Near the end, Hall tells a Scientologist friend that she's writing a memior about two cults: Scientology and the Halls, her literary family. For me, the second clan drew me in. Her father Oakley Hall wrote Warlock one the best Westerns ever. Sands' memior manages to find the good an...

    An engrossing, frank, and hypnotically structured account of the author's years-long immersion, only half-willing, into Scientology, FLUNK.START is much more than an exposť. Much has been written elsewhere about the more sensational horrors of Scientology as a mind-bending, life-eatin...

    Flunk. Start is named for the Scientology training key words for getting someone to try again when they make an error in reciting a lesson. While not an easy read, the book is a well-defined documentation of what goes on within the early training to be a Scientologist. The author fell ...

    I love a deep dive into Scientology, and I love a thoughtful, well-written memoir even more. This book is both! Hall explores her upbringing in her liberal, artistic family juxtaposed with her time spent as a Scientologist and eventually leaving the organization. In the afterword, she ...

    Hall's memoir has a much different tone than anything else I've read about Scientology. She joined the cult in large part due to her grief over the death of her brother, and she found genuine insight, community and spirituality there amidst greed, manipulation and hatred. Her ambivalen...

    This book was basically fine. I didn't find Hall's writing style to be particularly good. There's a lot of material here that she seems to think relates to the story of her time in Scientology, but she's never really able to make, for instance, her childhood relationship with her paren...

    Wow. This is a messed up "religion". Have to read more. ...

    Finally! Despite reading many, many books about Scientology, I've never had a clear idea as to how this is a religion. Where is the worship? the rituals? Thanks to this book, I have a better idea (spoiler: there really isn't worship or rituals). Ms. Hall's story of getting drawn in to ...

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  • Linda Culp
    Jun 02, 2018

    The subject of cults is a fascinating one. Extreme religious groups tend to get their hooks into people at points in their lives in which they are most vulnerable, such as a major life upheaval or tragedy. Sands Hall writes of her own experience in Scientology and the reasons she, with...

    I've read a lot about Scientology (maybe...too much about Scientology?) but this is the first thing I've read that made me understand how a basically #normal person might become a Scientologist. Also it's beautifully written and expresses a lot of very #relatable #ennui . I'd recommend...

    Wow what an excellent book. If you are looking for a book on Scientology that is shocking with lots of reveals and shocking details this is not the book for you. This is a book full of exploration and inner thoughts of a woman caught up in this cult. It?s very good. ...

    A lot has been written about Scientology. Sands Hall's memoir Flunk.Start helped me understand the mind of someone who is a seeker, who had questions every step of the way, yet persisted in using Scientology for her benefit and the benefit of others. I should disclose that I went to hi...

    Author Sands Hall grew up in a literary family where intellect was valued, and language the currency. Her brother, Oakley Hall III was a brilliant playwright until a tragic fall from a bridge left him brain dead. The accident left her family shattered, with Sands feeling unmoored and c...

    It wasn't always easy to read this book, because I know and care about the author (although I knew nothing about this part of her life until she began sharing information about the book). But you needn't be a Sands fan to read it. An interest in learning about Scientology?and about w...

    This is an extraordinary, compelling memoir. I read it in one weekend, and I am not a binge reader. I even passed on the Academy Awards to read it. (Okay, for me that?s not a huge sacrifice, but still.) Ostensibly this is the story of the decade the author lost to Scientology. But...

    Near the end, Hall tells a Scientologist friend that she's writing a memior about two cults: Scientology and the Halls, her literary family. For me, the second clan drew me in. Her father Oakley Hall wrote Warlock one the best Westerns ever. Sands' memior manages to find the good an...

    An engrossing, frank, and hypnotically structured account of the author's years-long immersion, only half-willing, into Scientology, FLUNK.START is much more than an exposť. Much has been written elsewhere about the more sensational horrors of Scientology as a mind-bending, life-eatin...

    Flunk. Start is named for the Scientology training key words for getting someone to try again when they make an error in reciting a lesson. While not an easy read, the book is a well-defined documentation of what goes on within the early training to be a Scientologist. The author fell ...

    I love a deep dive into Scientology, and I love a thoughtful, well-written memoir even more. This book is both! Hall explores her upbringing in her liberal, artistic family juxtaposed with her time spent as a Scientologist and eventually leaving the organization. In the afterword, she ...

    Hall's memoir has a much different tone than anything else I've read about Scientology. She joined the cult in large part due to her grief over the death of her brother, and she found genuine insight, community and spirituality there amidst greed, manipulation and hatred. Her ambivalen...

    This book was basically fine. I didn't find Hall's writing style to be particularly good. There's a lot of material here that she seems to think relates to the story of her time in Scientology, but she's never really able to make, for instance, her childhood relationship with her paren...

    Wow. This is a messed up "religion". Have to read more. ...

    Finally! Despite reading many, many books about Scientology, I've never had a clear idea as to how this is a religion. Where is the worship? the rituals? Thanks to this book, I have a better idea (spoiler: there really isn't worship or rituals). Ms. Hall's story of getting drawn in to ...

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  • Kim
    Jun 09, 2018

    The subject of cults is a fascinating one. Extreme religious groups tend to get their hooks into people at points in their lives in which they are most vulnerable, such as a major life upheaval or tragedy. Sands Hall writes of her own experience in Scientology and the reasons she, with...

    I've read a lot about Scientology (maybe...too much about Scientology?) but this is the first thing I've read that made me understand how a basically #normal person might become a Scientologist. Also it's beautifully written and expresses a lot of very #relatable #ennui . I'd recommend...

    Wow what an excellent book. If you are looking for a book on Scientology that is shocking with lots of reveals and shocking details this is not the book for you. This is a book full of exploration and inner thoughts of a woman caught up in this cult. It?s very good. ...

    A lot has been written about Scientology. Sands Hall's memoir Flunk.Start helped me understand the mind of someone who is a seeker, who had questions every step of the way, yet persisted in using Scientology for her benefit and the benefit of others. I should disclose that I went to hi...

    Author Sands Hall grew up in a literary family where intellect was valued, and language the currency. Her brother, Oakley Hall III was a brilliant playwright until a tragic fall from a bridge left him brain dead. The accident left her family shattered, with Sands feeling unmoored and c...

    It wasn't always easy to read this book, because I know and care about the author (although I knew nothing about this part of her life until she began sharing information about the book). But you needn't be a Sands fan to read it. An interest in learning about Scientology?and about w...

    This is an extraordinary, compelling memoir. I read it in one weekend, and I am not a binge reader. I even passed on the Academy Awards to read it. (Okay, for me that?s not a huge sacrifice, but still.) Ostensibly this is the story of the decade the author lost to Scientology. But...

    Near the end, Hall tells a Scientologist friend that she's writing a memior about two cults: Scientology and the Halls, her literary family. For me, the second clan drew me in. Her father Oakley Hall wrote Warlock one the best Westerns ever. Sands' memior manages to find the good an...

    An engrossing, frank, and hypnotically structured account of the author's years-long immersion, only half-willing, into Scientology, FLUNK.START is much more than an exposť. Much has been written elsewhere about the more sensational horrors of Scientology as a mind-bending, life-eatin...

    Flunk. Start is named for the Scientology training key words for getting someone to try again when they make an error in reciting a lesson. While not an easy read, the book is a well-defined documentation of what goes on within the early training to be a Scientologist. The author fell ...

    I love a deep dive into Scientology, and I love a thoughtful, well-written memoir even more. This book is both! Hall explores her upbringing in her liberal, artistic family juxtaposed with her time spent as a Scientologist and eventually leaving the organization. In the afterword, she ...

    Hall's memoir has a much different tone than anything else I've read about Scientology. She joined the cult in large part due to her grief over the death of her brother, and she found genuine insight, community and spirituality there amidst greed, manipulation and hatred. Her ambivalen...

    This book was basically fine. I didn't find Hall's writing style to be particularly good. There's a lot of material here that she seems to think relates to the story of her time in Scientology, but she's never really able to make, for instance, her childhood relationship with her paren...

    Wow. This is a messed up "religion". Have to read more. ...

  • Julie
    Jul 03, 2018

    The subject of cults is a fascinating one. Extreme religious groups tend to get their hooks into people at points in their lives in which they are most vulnerable, such as a major life upheaval or tragedy. Sands Hall writes of her own experience in Scientology and the reasons she, with...

    I've read a lot about Scientology (maybe...too much about Scientology?) but this is the first thing I've read that made me understand how a basically #normal person might become a Scientologist. Also it's beautifully written and expresses a lot of very #relatable #ennui . I'd recommend...

    Wow what an excellent book. If you are looking for a book on Scientology that is shocking with lots of reveals and shocking details this is not the book for you. This is a book full of exploration and inner thoughts of a woman caught up in this cult. It?s very good. ...

    A lot has been written about Scientology. Sands Hall's memoir Flunk.Start helped me understand the mind of someone who is a seeker, who had questions every step of the way, yet persisted in using Scientology for her benefit and the benefit of others. I should disclose that I went to hi...

    Author Sands Hall grew up in a literary family where intellect was valued, and language the currency. Her brother, Oakley Hall III was a brilliant playwright until a tragic fall from a bridge left him brain dead. The accident left her family shattered, with Sands feeling unmoored and c...

    It wasn't always easy to read this book, because I know and care about the author (although I knew nothing about this part of her life until she began sharing information about the book). But you needn't be a Sands fan to read it. An interest in learning about Scientology?and about w...

    This is an extraordinary, compelling memoir. I read it in one weekend, and I am not a binge reader. I even passed on the Academy Awards to read it. (Okay, for me that?s not a huge sacrifice, but still.) Ostensibly this is the story of the decade the author lost to Scientology. But...

    Near the end, Hall tells a Scientologist friend that she's writing a memior about two cults: Scientology and the Halls, her literary family. For me, the second clan drew me in. Her father Oakley Hall wrote Warlock one the best Westerns ever. Sands' memior manages to find the good an...

    An engrossing, frank, and hypnotically structured account of the author's years-long immersion, only half-willing, into Scientology, FLUNK.START is much more than an exposť. Much has been written elsewhere about the more sensational horrors of Scientology as a mind-bending, life-eatin...

    Flunk. Start is named for the Scientology training key words for getting someone to try again when they make an error in reciting a lesson. While not an easy read, the book is a well-defined documentation of what goes on within the early training to be a Scientologist. The author fell ...

    I love a deep dive into Scientology, and I love a thoughtful, well-written memoir even more. This book is both! Hall explores her upbringing in her liberal, artistic family juxtaposed with her time spent as a Scientologist and eventually leaving the organization. In the afterword, she ...

    Hall's memoir has a much different tone than anything else I've read about Scientology. She joined the cult in large part due to her grief over the death of her brother, and she found genuine insight, community and spirituality there amidst greed, manipulation and hatred. Her ambivalen...

    This book was basically fine. I didn't find Hall's writing style to be particularly good. There's a lot of material here that she seems to think relates to the story of her time in Scientology, but she's never really able to make, for instance, her childhood relationship with her paren...

    Wow. This is a messed up "religion". Have to read more. ...

    Finally! Despite reading many, many books about Scientology, I've never had a clear idea as to how this is a religion. Where is the worship? the rituals? Thanks to this book, I have a better idea (spoiler: there really isn't worship or rituals). Ms. Hall's story of getting drawn in to ...

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  • Kevin
    Jul 26, 2018

    The subject of cults is a fascinating one. Extreme religious groups tend to get their hooks into people at points in their lives in which they are most vulnerable, such as a major life upheaval or tragedy. Sands Hall writes of her own experience in Scientology and the reasons she, with...

    I've read a lot about Scientology (maybe...too much about Scientology?) but this is the first thing I've read that made me understand how a basically #normal person might become a Scientologist. Also it's beautifully written and expresses a lot of very #relatable #ennui . I'd recommend...

    Wow what an excellent book. If you are looking for a book on Scientology that is shocking with lots of reveals and shocking details this is not the book for you. This is a book full of exploration and inner thoughts of a woman caught up in this cult. It?s very good. ...

    A lot has been written about Scientology. Sands Hall's memoir Flunk.Start helped me understand the mind of someone who is a seeker, who had questions every step of the way, yet persisted in using Scientology for her benefit and the benefit of others. I should disclose that I went to hi...

    Author Sands Hall grew up in a literary family where intellect was valued, and language the currency. Her brother, Oakley Hall III was a brilliant playwright until a tragic fall from a bridge left him brain dead. The accident left her family shattered, with Sands feeling unmoored and c...

    It wasn't always easy to read this book, because I know and care about the author (although I knew nothing about this part of her life until she began sharing information about the book). But you needn't be a Sands fan to read it. An interest in learning about Scientology?and about w...

    This is an extraordinary, compelling memoir. I read it in one weekend, and I am not a binge reader. I even passed on the Academy Awards to read it. (Okay, for me that?s not a huge sacrifice, but still.) Ostensibly this is the story of the decade the author lost to Scientology. But...

    Near the end, Hall tells a Scientologist friend that she's writing a memior about two cults: Scientology and the Halls, her literary family. For me, the second clan drew me in. Her father Oakley Hall wrote Warlock one the best Westerns ever. Sands' memior manages to find the good an...

    An engrossing, frank, and hypnotically structured account of the author's years-long immersion, only half-willing, into Scientology, FLUNK.START is much more than an exposť. Much has been written elsewhere about the more sensational horrors of Scientology as a mind-bending, life-eatin...

    Flunk. Start is named for the Scientology training key words for getting someone to try again when they make an error in reciting a lesson. While not an easy read, the book is a well-defined documentation of what goes on within the early training to be a Scientologist. The author fell ...

    I love a deep dive into Scientology, and I love a thoughtful, well-written memoir even more. This book is both! Hall explores her upbringing in her liberal, artistic family juxtaposed with her time spent as a Scientologist and eventually leaving the organization. In the afterword, she ...

    Hall's memoir has a much different tone than anything else I've read about Scientology. She joined the cult in large part due to her grief over the death of her brother, and she found genuine insight, community and spirituality there amidst greed, manipulation and hatred. Her ambivalen...

    This book was basically fine. I didn't find Hall's writing style to be particularly good. There's a lot of material here that she seems to think relates to the story of her time in Scientology, but she's never really able to make, for instance, her childhood relationship with her paren...

    Wow. This is a messed up "religion". Have to read more. ...

    Finally! Despite reading many, many books about Scientology, I've never had a clear idea as to how this is a religion. Where is the worship? the rituals? Thanks to this book, I have a better idea (spoiler: there really isn't worship or rituals). Ms. Hall's story of getting drawn in to ...

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  • Len Joy
    Mar 05, 2018

    The subject of cults is a fascinating one. Extreme religious groups tend to get their hooks into people at points in their lives in which they are most vulnerable, such as a major life upheaval or tragedy. Sands Hall writes of her own experience in Scientology and the reasons she, with...

    I've read a lot about Scientology (maybe...too much about Scientology?) but this is the first thing I've read that made me understand how a basically #normal person might become a Scientologist. Also it's beautifully written and expresses a lot of very #relatable #ennui . I'd recommend...

    Wow what an excellent book. If you are looking for a book on Scientology that is shocking with lots of reveals and shocking details this is not the book for you. This is a book full of exploration and inner thoughts of a woman caught up in this cult. It?s very good. ...

    A lot has been written about Scientology. Sands Hall's memoir Flunk.Start helped me understand the mind of someone who is a seeker, who had questions every step of the way, yet persisted in using Scientology for her benefit and the benefit of others. I should disclose that I went to hi...

    Author Sands Hall grew up in a literary family where intellect was valued, and language the currency. Her brother, Oakley Hall III was a brilliant playwright until a tragic fall from a bridge left him brain dead. The accident left her family shattered, with Sands feeling unmoored and c...

    It wasn't always easy to read this book, because I know and care about the author (although I knew nothing about this part of her life until she began sharing information about the book). But you needn't be a Sands fan to read it. An interest in learning about Scientology?and about w...

    This is an extraordinary, compelling memoir. I read it in one weekend, and I am not a binge reader. I even passed on the Academy Awards to read it. (Okay, for me that?s not a huge sacrifice, but still.) Ostensibly this is the story of the decade the author lost to Scientology. But...

  • Lou Cupp horstman
    Jun 08, 2018

    The subject of cults is a fascinating one. Extreme religious groups tend to get their hooks into people at points in their lives in which they are most vulnerable, such as a major life upheaval or tragedy. Sands Hall writes of her own experience in Scientology and the reasons she, with...

    I've read a lot about Scientology (maybe...too much about Scientology?) but this is the first thing I've read that made me understand how a basically #normal person might become a Scientologist. Also it's beautifully written and expresses a lot of very #relatable #ennui . I'd recommend...

    Wow what an excellent book. If you are looking for a book on Scientology that is shocking with lots of reveals and shocking details this is not the book for you. This is a book full of exploration and inner thoughts of a woman caught up in this cult. It?s very good. ...

    A lot has been written about Scientology. Sands Hall's memoir Flunk.Start helped me understand the mind of someone who is a seeker, who had questions every step of the way, yet persisted in using Scientology for her benefit and the benefit of others. I should disclose that I went to hi...

    Author Sands Hall grew up in a literary family where intellect was valued, and language the currency. Her brother, Oakley Hall III was a brilliant playwright until a tragic fall from a bridge left him brain dead. The accident left her family shattered, with Sands feeling unmoored and c...

    It wasn't always easy to read this book, because I know and care about the author (although I knew nothing about this part of her life until she began sharing information about the book). But you needn't be a Sands fan to read it. An interest in learning about Scientology?and about w...

    This is an extraordinary, compelling memoir. I read it in one weekend, and I am not a binge reader. I even passed on the Academy Awards to read it. (Okay, for me that?s not a huge sacrifice, but still.) Ostensibly this is the story of the decade the author lost to Scientology. But...

    Near the end, Hall tells a Scientologist friend that she's writing a memior about two cults: Scientology and the Halls, her literary family. For me, the second clan drew me in. Her father Oakley Hall wrote Warlock one the best Westerns ever. Sands' memior manages to find the good an...

    An engrossing, frank, and hypnotically structured account of the author's years-long immersion, only half-willing, into Scientology, FLUNK.START is much more than an exposť. Much has been written elsewhere about the more sensational horrors of Scientology as a mind-bending, life-eatin...

    Flunk. Start is named for the Scientology training key words for getting someone to try again when they make an error in reciting a lesson. While not an easy read, the book is a well-defined documentation of what goes on within the early training to be a Scientologist. The author fell ...

    I love a deep dive into Scientology, and I love a thoughtful, well-written memoir even more. This book is both! Hall explores her upbringing in her liberal, artistic family juxtaposed with her time spent as a Scientologist and eventually leaving the organization. In the afterword, she ...

    Hall's memoir has a much different tone than anything else I've read about Scientology. She joined the cult in large part due to her grief over the death of her brother, and she found genuine insight, community and spirituality there amidst greed, manipulation and hatred. Her ambivalen...

    This book was basically fine. I didn't find Hall's writing style to be particularly good. There's a lot of material here that she seems to think relates to the story of her time in Scientology, but she's never really able to make, for instance, her childhood relationship with her paren...

    Wow. This is a messed up "religion". Have to read more. ...

    Finally! Despite reading many, many books about Scientology, I've never had a clear idea as to how this is a religion. Where is the worship? the rituals? Thanks to this book, I have a better idea (spoiler: there really isn't worship or rituals). Ms. Hall's story of getting drawn in to ...

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  • John O'keefe
    Mar 28, 2018

    The subject of cults is a fascinating one. Extreme religious groups tend to get their hooks into people at points in their lives in which they are most vulnerable, such as a major life upheaval or tragedy. Sands Hall writes of her own experience in Scientology and the reasons she, with...

    I've read a lot about Scientology (maybe...too much about Scientology?) but this is the first thing I've read that made me understand how a basically #normal person might become a Scientologist. Also it's beautifully written and expresses a lot of very #relatable #ennui . I'd recommend...

    Wow what an excellent book. If you are looking for a book on Scientology that is shocking with lots of reveals and shocking details this is not the book for you. This is a book full of exploration and inner thoughts of a woman caught up in this cult. It?s very good. ...

    A lot has been written about Scientology. Sands Hall's memoir Flunk.Start helped me understand the mind of someone who is a seeker, who had questions every step of the way, yet persisted in using Scientology for her benefit and the benefit of others. I should disclose that I went to hi...

    Author Sands Hall grew up in a literary family where intellect was valued, and language the currency. Her brother, Oakley Hall III was a brilliant playwright until a tragic fall from a bridge left him brain dead. The accident left her family shattered, with Sands feeling unmoored and c...

    It wasn't always easy to read this book, because I know and care about the author (although I knew nothing about this part of her life until she began sharing information about the book). But you needn't be a Sands fan to read it. An interest in learning about Scientology?and about w...

    This is an extraordinary, compelling memoir. I read it in one weekend, and I am not a binge reader. I even passed on the Academy Awards to read it. (Okay, for me that?s not a huge sacrifice, but still.) Ostensibly this is the story of the decade the author lost to Scientology. But...

    Near the end, Hall tells a Scientologist friend that she's writing a memior about two cults: Scientology and the Halls, her literary family. For me, the second clan drew me in. Her father Oakley Hall wrote Warlock one the best Westerns ever. Sands' memior manages to find the good an...

    An engrossing, frank, and hypnotically structured account of the author's years-long immersion, only half-willing, into Scientology, FLUNK.START is much more than an exposť. Much has been written elsewhere about the more sensational horrors of Scientology as a mind-bending, life-eatin...

    Flunk. Start is named for the Scientology training key words for getting someone to try again when they make an error in reciting a lesson. While not an easy read, the book is a well-defined documentation of what goes on within the early training to be a Scientologist. The author fell ...

    I love a deep dive into Scientology, and I love a thoughtful, well-written memoir even more. This book is both! Hall explores her upbringing in her liberal, artistic family juxtaposed with her time spent as a Scientologist and eventually leaving the organization. In the afterword, she ...

    Hall's memoir has a much different tone than anything else I've read about Scientology. She joined the cult in large part due to her grief over the death of her brother, and she found genuine insight, community and spirituality there amidst greed, manipulation and hatred. Her ambivalen...

    This book was basically fine. I didn't find Hall's writing style to be particularly good. There's a lot of material here that she seems to think relates to the story of her time in Scientology, but she's never really able to make, for instance, her childhood relationship with her paren...

    Wow. This is a messed up "religion". Have to read more. ...

    Finally! Despite reading many, many books about Scientology, I've never had a clear idea as to how this is a religion. Where is the worship? the rituals? Thanks to this book, I have a better idea (spoiler: there really isn't worship or rituals). Ms. Hall's story of getting drawn in to ...

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  • Jan M Flynn
    Apr 22, 2018

    The subject of cults is a fascinating one. Extreme religious groups tend to get their hooks into people at points in their lives in which they are most vulnerable, such as a major life upheaval or tragedy. Sands Hall writes of her own experience in Scientology and the reasons she, with...

    I've read a lot about Scientology (maybe...too much about Scientology?) but this is the first thing I've read that made me understand how a basically #normal person might become a Scientologist. Also it's beautifully written and expresses a lot of very #relatable #ennui . I'd recommend...

    Wow what an excellent book. If you are looking for a book on Scientology that is shocking with lots of reveals and shocking details this is not the book for you. This is a book full of exploration and inner thoughts of a woman caught up in this cult. It?s very good. ...

    A lot has been written about Scientology. Sands Hall's memoir Flunk.Start helped me understand the mind of someone who is a seeker, who had questions every step of the way, yet persisted in using Scientology for her benefit and the benefit of others. I should disclose that I went to hi...

    Author Sands Hall grew up in a literary family where intellect was valued, and language the currency. Her brother, Oakley Hall III was a brilliant playwright until a tragic fall from a bridge left him brain dead. The accident left her family shattered, with Sands feeling unmoored and c...

    It wasn't always easy to read this book, because I know and care about the author (although I knew nothing about this part of her life until she began sharing information about the book). But you needn't be a Sands fan to read it. An interest in learning about Scientology?and about w...

    This is an extraordinary, compelling memoir. I read it in one weekend, and I am not a binge reader. I even passed on the Academy Awards to read it. (Okay, for me that?s not a huge sacrifice, but still.) Ostensibly this is the story of the decade the author lost to Scientology. But...

    Near the end, Hall tells a Scientologist friend that she's writing a memior about two cults: Scientology and the Halls, her literary family. For me, the second clan drew me in. Her father Oakley Hall wrote Warlock one the best Westerns ever. Sands' memior manages to find the good an...

    An engrossing, frank, and hypnotically structured account of the author's years-long immersion, only half-willing, into Scientology, FLUNK.START is much more than an exposť. Much has been written elsewhere about the more sensational horrors of Scientology as a mind-bending, life-eatin...

  • Sara Brown
    Jul 13, 2018

    The subject of cults is a fascinating one. Extreme religious groups tend to get their hooks into people at points in their lives in which they are most vulnerable, such as a major life upheaval or tragedy. Sands Hall writes of her own experience in Scientology and the reasons she, with...

    I've read a lot about Scientology (maybe...too much about Scientology?) but this is the first thing I've read that made me understand how a basically #normal person might become a Scientologist. Also it's beautifully written and expresses a lot of very #relatable #ennui . I'd recommend...

    Wow what an excellent book. If you are looking for a book on Scientology that is shocking with lots of reveals and shocking details this is not the book for you. This is a book full of exploration and inner thoughts of a woman caught up in this cult. It?s very good. ...

    A lot has been written about Scientology. Sands Hall's memoir Flunk.Start helped me understand the mind of someone who is a seeker, who had questions every step of the way, yet persisted in using Scientology for her benefit and the benefit of others. I should disclose that I went to hi...

    Author Sands Hall grew up in a literary family where intellect was valued, and language the currency. Her brother, Oakley Hall III was a brilliant playwright until a tragic fall from a bridge left him brain dead. The accident left her family shattered, with Sands feeling unmoored and c...

    It wasn't always easy to read this book, because I know and care about the author (although I knew nothing about this part of her life until she began sharing information about the book). But you needn't be a Sands fan to read it. An interest in learning about Scientology?and about w...

    This is an extraordinary, compelling memoir. I read it in one weekend, and I am not a binge reader. I even passed on the Academy Awards to read it. (Okay, for me that?s not a huge sacrifice, but still.) Ostensibly this is the story of the decade the author lost to Scientology. But...

    Near the end, Hall tells a Scientologist friend that she's writing a memior about two cults: Scientology and the Halls, her literary family. For me, the second clan drew me in. Her father Oakley Hall wrote Warlock one the best Westerns ever. Sands' memior manages to find the good an...

    An engrossing, frank, and hypnotically structured account of the author's years-long immersion, only half-willing, into Scientology, FLUNK.START is much more than an exposť. Much has been written elsewhere about the more sensational horrors of Scientology as a mind-bending, life-eatin...

    Flunk. Start is named for the Scientology training key words for getting someone to try again when they make an error in reciting a lesson. While not an easy read, the book is a well-defined documentation of what goes on within the early training to be a Scientologist. The author fell ...

    I love a deep dive into Scientology, and I love a thoughtful, well-written memoir even more. This book is both! Hall explores her upbringing in her liberal, artistic family juxtaposed with her time spent as a Scientologist and eventually leaving the organization. In the afterword, she ...

    Hall's memoir has a much different tone than anything else I've read about Scientology. She joined the cult in large part due to her grief over the death of her brother, and she found genuine insight, community and spirituality there amidst greed, manipulation and hatred. Her ambivalen...

    This book was basically fine. I didn't find Hall's writing style to be particularly good. There's a lot of material here that she seems to think relates to the story of her time in Scientology, but she's never really able to make, for instance, her childhood relationship with her paren...

    Wow. This is a messed up "religion". Have to read more. ...

    Finally! Despite reading many, many books about Scientology, I've never had a clear idea as to how this is a religion. Where is the worship? the rituals? Thanks to this book, I have a better idea (spoiler: there really isn't worship or rituals). Ms. Hall's story of getting drawn in to ...

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  • Caren Parker
    Apr 30, 2018

    The subject of cults is a fascinating one. Extreme religious groups tend to get their hooks into people at points in their lives in which they are most vulnerable, such as a major life upheaval or tragedy. Sands Hall writes of her own experience in Scientology and the reasons she, with...

    I've read a lot about Scientology (maybe...too much about Scientology?) but this is the first thing I've read that made me understand how a basically #normal person might become a Scientologist. Also it's beautifully written and expresses a lot of very #relatable #ennui . I'd recommend...

    Wow what an excellent book. If you are looking for a book on Scientology that is shocking with lots of reveals and shocking details this is not the book for you. This is a book full of exploration and inner thoughts of a woman caught up in this cult. It?s very good. ...

    A lot has been written about Scientology. Sands Hall's memoir Flunk.Start helped me understand the mind of someone who is a seeker, who had questions every step of the way, yet persisted in using Scientology for her benefit and the benefit of others. I should disclose that I went to hi...

    Author Sands Hall grew up in a literary family where intellect was valued, and language the currency. Her brother, Oakley Hall III was a brilliant playwright until a tragic fall from a bridge left him brain dead. The accident left her family shattered, with Sands feeling unmoored and c...

    It wasn't always easy to read this book, because I know and care about the author (although I knew nothing about this part of her life until she began sharing information about the book). But you needn't be a Sands fan to read it. An interest in learning about Scientology?and about w...

    This is an extraordinary, compelling memoir. I read it in one weekend, and I am not a binge reader. I even passed on the Academy Awards to read it. (Okay, for me that?s not a huge sacrifice, but still.) Ostensibly this is the story of the decade the author lost to Scientology. But...

    Near the end, Hall tells a Scientologist friend that she's writing a memior about two cults: Scientology and the Halls, her literary family. For me, the second clan drew me in. Her father Oakley Hall wrote Warlock one the best Westerns ever. Sands' memior manages to find the good an...

    An engrossing, frank, and hypnotically structured account of the author's years-long immersion, only half-willing, into Scientology, FLUNK.START is much more than an exposť. Much has been written elsewhere about the more sensational horrors of Scientology as a mind-bending, life-eatin...

    Flunk. Start is named for the Scientology training key words for getting someone to try again when they make an error in reciting a lesson. While not an easy read, the book is a well-defined documentation of what goes on within the early training to be a Scientologist. The author fell ...

    I love a deep dive into Scientology, and I love a thoughtful, well-written memoir even more. This book is both! Hall explores her upbringing in her liberal, artistic family juxtaposed with her time spent as a Scientologist and eventually leaving the organization. In the afterword, she ...

    Hall's memoir has a much different tone than anything else I've read about Scientology. She joined the cult in large part due to her grief over the death of her brother, and she found genuine insight, community and spirituality there amidst greed, manipulation and hatred. Her ambivalen...

    This book was basically fine. I didn't find Hall's writing style to be particularly good. There's a lot of material here that she seems to think relates to the story of her time in Scientology, but she's never really able to make, for instance, her childhood relationship with her paren...

    Wow. This is a messed up "religion". Have to read more. ...

    Finally! Despite reading many, many books about Scientology, I've never had a clear idea as to how this is a religion. Where is the worship? the rituals? Thanks to this book, I have a better idea (spoiler: there really isn't worship or rituals). Ms. Hall's story of getting drawn in to ...

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  • Marcia
    Aug 12, 2018

    The subject of cults is a fascinating one. Extreme religious groups tend to get their hooks into people at points in their lives in which they are most vulnerable, such as a major life upheaval or tragedy. Sands Hall writes of her own experience in Scientology and the reasons she, with...

    I've read a lot about Scientology (maybe...too much about Scientology?) but this is the first thing I've read that made me understand how a basically #normal person might become a Scientologist. Also it's beautifully written and expresses a lot of very #relatable #ennui . I'd recommend...

    Wow what an excellent book. If you are looking for a book on Scientology that is shocking with lots of reveals and shocking details this is not the book for you. This is a book full of exploration and inner thoughts of a woman caught up in this cult. It?s very good. ...

    A lot has been written about Scientology. Sands Hall's memoir Flunk.Start helped me understand the mind of someone who is a seeker, who had questions every step of the way, yet persisted in using Scientology for her benefit and the benefit of others. I should disclose that I went to hi...

    Author Sands Hall grew up in a literary family where intellect was valued, and language the currency. Her brother, Oakley Hall III was a brilliant playwright until a tragic fall from a bridge left him brain dead. The accident left her family shattered, with Sands feeling unmoored and c...

    It wasn't always easy to read this book, because I know and care about the author (although I knew nothing about this part of her life until she began sharing information about the book). But you needn't be a Sands fan to read it. An interest in learning about Scientology?and about w...

    This is an extraordinary, compelling memoir. I read it in one weekend, and I am not a binge reader. I even passed on the Academy Awards to read it. (Okay, for me that?s not a huge sacrifice, but still.) Ostensibly this is the story of the decade the author lost to Scientology. But...

    Near the end, Hall tells a Scientologist friend that she's writing a memior about two cults: Scientology and the Halls, her literary family. For me, the second clan drew me in. Her father Oakley Hall wrote Warlock one the best Westerns ever. Sands' memior manages to find the good an...

    An engrossing, frank, and hypnotically structured account of the author's years-long immersion, only half-willing, into Scientology, FLUNK.START is much more than an exposť. Much has been written elsewhere about the more sensational horrors of Scientology as a mind-bending, life-eatin...

    Flunk. Start is named for the Scientology training key words for getting someone to try again when they make an error in reciting a lesson. While not an easy read, the book is a well-defined documentation of what goes on within the early training to be a Scientologist. The author fell ...

    I love a deep dive into Scientology, and I love a thoughtful, well-written memoir even more. This book is both! Hall explores her upbringing in her liberal, artistic family juxtaposed with her time spent as a Scientologist and eventually leaving the organization. In the afterword, she ...

    Hall's memoir has a much different tone than anything else I've read about Scientology. She joined the cult in large part due to her grief over the death of her brother, and she found genuine insight, community and spirituality there amidst greed, manipulation and hatred. Her ambivalen...

    This book was basically fine. I didn't find Hall's writing style to be particularly good. There's a lot of material here that she seems to think relates to the story of her time in Scientology, but she's never really able to make, for instance, her childhood relationship with her paren...

    Wow. This is a messed up "religion". Have to read more. ...

    Finally! Despite reading many, many books about Scientology, I've never had a clear idea as to how this is a religion. Where is the worship? the rituals? Thanks to this book, I have a better idea (spoiler: there really isn't worship or rituals). Ms. Hall's story of getting drawn in to ...

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  • Marika
    Oct 14, 2017

    The subject of cults is a fascinating one. Extreme religious groups tend to get their hooks into people at points in their lives in which they are most vulnerable, such as a major life upheaval or tragedy. Sands Hall writes of her own experience in Scientology and the reasons she, with...

    I've read a lot about Scientology (maybe...too much about Scientology?) but this is the first thing I've read that made me understand how a basically #normal person might become a Scientologist. Also it's beautifully written and expresses a lot of very #relatable #ennui . I'd recommend...

    Wow what an excellent book. If you are looking for a book on Scientology that is shocking with lots of reveals and shocking details this is not the book for you. This is a book full of exploration and inner thoughts of a woman caught up in this cult. It?s very good. ...

    A lot has been written about Scientology. Sands Hall's memoir Flunk.Start helped me understand the mind of someone who is a seeker, who had questions every step of the way, yet persisted in using Scientology for her benefit and the benefit of others. I should disclose that I went to hi...

    Author Sands Hall grew up in a literary family where intellect was valued, and language the currency. Her brother, Oakley Hall III was a brilliant playwright until a tragic fall from a bridge left him brain dead. The accident left her family shattered, with Sands feeling unmoored and c...

  • Stephen Ryan
    Jun 21, 2018

    The subject of cults is a fascinating one. Extreme religious groups tend to get their hooks into people at points in their lives in which they are most vulnerable, such as a major life upheaval or tragedy. Sands Hall writes of her own experience in Scientology and the reasons she, with...

    I've read a lot about Scientology (maybe...too much about Scientology?) but this is the first thing I've read that made me understand how a basically #normal person might become a Scientologist. Also it's beautifully written and expresses a lot of very #relatable #ennui . I'd recommend...

    Wow what an excellent book. If you are looking for a book on Scientology that is shocking with lots of reveals and shocking details this is not the book for you. This is a book full of exploration and inner thoughts of a woman caught up in this cult. It?s very good. ...

    A lot has been written about Scientology. Sands Hall's memoir Flunk.Start helped me understand the mind of someone who is a seeker, who had questions every step of the way, yet persisted in using Scientology for her benefit and the benefit of others. I should disclose that I went to hi...

    Author Sands Hall grew up in a literary family where intellect was valued, and language the currency. Her brother, Oakley Hall III was a brilliant playwright until a tragic fall from a bridge left him brain dead. The accident left her family shattered, with Sands feeling unmoored and c...

    It wasn't always easy to read this book, because I know and care about the author (although I knew nothing about this part of her life until she began sharing information about the book). But you needn't be a Sands fan to read it. An interest in learning about Scientology?and about w...

    This is an extraordinary, compelling memoir. I read it in one weekend, and I am not a binge reader. I even passed on the Academy Awards to read it. (Okay, for me that?s not a huge sacrifice, but still.) Ostensibly this is the story of the decade the author lost to Scientology. But...

    Near the end, Hall tells a Scientologist friend that she's writing a memior about two cults: Scientology and the Halls, her literary family. For me, the second clan drew me in. Her father Oakley Hall wrote Warlock one the best Westerns ever. Sands' memior manages to find the good an...

    An engrossing, frank, and hypnotically structured account of the author's years-long immersion, only half-willing, into Scientology, FLUNK.START is much more than an exposť. Much has been written elsewhere about the more sensational horrors of Scientology as a mind-bending, life-eatin...

    Flunk. Start is named for the Scientology training key words for getting someone to try again when they make an error in reciting a lesson. While not an easy read, the book is a well-defined documentation of what goes on within the early training to be a Scientologist. The author fell ...

    I love a deep dive into Scientology, and I love a thoughtful, well-written memoir even more. This book is both! Hall explores her upbringing in her liberal, artistic family juxtaposed with her time spent as a Scientologist and eventually leaving the organization. In the afterword, she ...

    Hall's memoir has a much different tone than anything else I've read about Scientology. She joined the cult in large part due to her grief over the death of her brother, and she found genuine insight, community and spirituality there amidst greed, manipulation and hatred. Her ambivalen...

    This book was basically fine. I didn't find Hall's writing style to be particularly good. There's a lot of material here that she seems to think relates to the story of her time in Scientology, but she's never really able to make, for instance, her childhood relationship with her paren...

  • Kate
    Apr 15, 2018

    The subject of cults is a fascinating one. Extreme religious groups tend to get their hooks into people at points in their lives in which they are most vulnerable, such as a major life upheaval or tragedy. Sands Hall writes of her own experience in Scientology and the reasons she, with...

    I've read a lot about Scientology (maybe...too much about Scientology?) but this is the first thing I've read that made me understand how a basically #normal person might become a Scientologist. Also it's beautifully written and expresses a lot of very #relatable #ennui . I'd recommend...

    Wow what an excellent book. If you are looking for a book on Scientology that is shocking with lots of reveals and shocking details this is not the book for you. This is a book full of exploration and inner thoughts of a woman caught up in this cult. It?s very good. ...

    A lot has been written about Scientology. Sands Hall's memoir Flunk.Start helped me understand the mind of someone who is a seeker, who had questions every step of the way, yet persisted in using Scientology for her benefit and the benefit of others. I should disclose that I went to hi...

    Author Sands Hall grew up in a literary family where intellect was valued, and language the currency. Her brother, Oakley Hall III was a brilliant playwright until a tragic fall from a bridge left him brain dead. The accident left her family shattered, with Sands feeling unmoored and c...

    It wasn't always easy to read this book, because I know and care about the author (although I knew nothing about this part of her life until she began sharing information about the book). But you needn't be a Sands fan to read it. An interest in learning about Scientology?and about w...

    This is an extraordinary, compelling memoir. I read it in one weekend, and I am not a binge reader. I even passed on the Academy Awards to read it. (Okay, for me that?s not a huge sacrifice, but still.) Ostensibly this is the story of the decade the author lost to Scientology. But...

    Near the end, Hall tells a Scientologist friend that she's writing a memior about two cults: Scientology and the Halls, her literary family. For me, the second clan drew me in. Her father Oakley Hall wrote Warlock one the best Westerns ever. Sands' memior manages to find the good an...

    An engrossing, frank, and hypnotically structured account of the author's years-long immersion, only half-willing, into Scientology, FLUNK.START is much more than an exposť. Much has been written elsewhere about the more sensational horrors of Scientology as a mind-bending, life-eatin...

    Flunk. Start is named for the Scientology training key words for getting someone to try again when they make an error in reciting a lesson. While not an easy read, the book is a well-defined documentation of what goes on within the early training to be a Scientologist. The author fell ...

    I love a deep dive into Scientology, and I love a thoughtful, well-written memoir even more. This book is both! Hall explores her upbringing in her liberal, artistic family juxtaposed with her time spent as a Scientologist and eventually leaving the organization. In the afterword, she ...

  • Amy Newman
    Jun 01, 2018

    The subject of cults is a fascinating one. Extreme religious groups tend to get their hooks into people at points in their lives in which they are most vulnerable, such as a major life upheaval or tragedy. Sands Hall writes of her own experience in Scientology and the reasons she, with...

    I've read a lot about Scientology (maybe...too much about Scientology?) but this is the first thing I've read that made me understand how a basically #normal person might become a Scientologist. Also it's beautifully written and expresses a lot of very #relatable #ennui . I'd recommend...

    Wow what an excellent book. If you are looking for a book on Scientology that is shocking with lots of reveals and shocking details this is not the book for you. This is a book full of exploration and inner thoughts of a woman caught up in this cult. It?s very good. ...

    A lot has been written about Scientology. Sands Hall's memoir Flunk.Start helped me understand the mind of someone who is a seeker, who had questions every step of the way, yet persisted in using Scientology for her benefit and the benefit of others. I should disclose that I went to hi...

    Author Sands Hall grew up in a literary family where intellect was valued, and language the currency. Her brother, Oakley Hall III was a brilliant playwright until a tragic fall from a bridge left him brain dead. The accident left her family shattered, with Sands feeling unmoored and c...

    It wasn't always easy to read this book, because I know and care about the author (although I knew nothing about this part of her life until she began sharing information about the book). But you needn't be a Sands fan to read it. An interest in learning about Scientology?and about w...

    This is an extraordinary, compelling memoir. I read it in one weekend, and I am not a binge reader. I even passed on the Academy Awards to read it. (Okay, for me that?s not a huge sacrifice, but still.) Ostensibly this is the story of the decade the author lost to Scientology. But...

    Near the end, Hall tells a Scientologist friend that she's writing a memior about two cults: Scientology and the Halls, her literary family. For me, the second clan drew me in. Her father Oakley Hall wrote Warlock one the best Westerns ever. Sands' memior manages to find the good an...

    An engrossing, frank, and hypnotically structured account of the author's years-long immersion, only half-willing, into Scientology, FLUNK.START is much more than an exposť. Much has been written elsewhere about the more sensational horrors of Scientology as a mind-bending, life-eatin...

    Flunk. Start is named for the Scientology training key words for getting someone to try again when they make an error in reciting a lesson. While not an easy read, the book is a well-defined documentation of what goes on within the early training to be a Scientologist. The author fell ...

    I love a deep dive into Scientology, and I love a thoughtful, well-written memoir even more. This book is both! Hall explores her upbringing in her liberal, artistic family juxtaposed with her time spent as a Scientologist and eventually leaving the organization. In the afterword, she ...

    Hall's memoir has a much different tone than anything else I've read about Scientology. She joined the cult in large part due to her grief over the death of her brother, and she found genuine insight, community and spirituality there amidst greed, manipulation and hatred. Her ambivalen...

    This book was basically fine. I didn't find Hall's writing style to be particularly good. There's a lot of material here that she seems to think relates to the story of her time in Scientology, but she's never really able to make, for instance, her childhood relationship with her paren...

    Wow. This is a messed up "religion". Have to read more. ...

    Finally! Despite reading many, many books about Scientology, I've never had a clear idea as to how this is a religion. Where is the worship? the rituals? Thanks to this book, I have a better idea (spoiler: there really isn't worship or rituals). Ms. Hall's story of getting drawn in to ...

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  • Emily Rock
    Apr 24, 2018

    The subject of cults is a fascinating one. Extreme religious groups tend to get their hooks into people at points in their lives in which they are most vulnerable, such as a major life upheaval or tragedy. Sands Hall writes of her own experience in Scientology and the reasons she, with...

    I've read a lot about Scientology (maybe...too much about Scientology?) but this is the first thing I've read that made me understand how a basically #normal person might become a Scientologist. Also it's beautifully written and expresses a lot of very #relatable #ennui . I'd recommend...

    Wow what an excellent book. If you are looking for a book on Scientology that is shocking with lots of reveals and shocking details this is not the book for you. This is a book full of exploration and inner thoughts of a woman caught up in this cult. It?s very good. ...

    A lot has been written about Scientology. Sands Hall's memoir Flunk.Start helped me understand the mind of someone who is a seeker, who had questions every step of the way, yet persisted in using Scientology for her benefit and the benefit of others. I should disclose that I went to hi...

    Author Sands Hall grew up in a literary family where intellect was valued, and language the currency. Her brother, Oakley Hall III was a brilliant playwright until a tragic fall from a bridge left him brain dead. The accident left her family shattered, with Sands feeling unmoored and c...

    It wasn't always easy to read this book, because I know and care about the author (although I knew nothing about this part of her life until she began sharing information about the book). But you needn't be a Sands fan to read it. An interest in learning about Scientology?and about w...

    This is an extraordinary, compelling memoir. I read it in one weekend, and I am not a binge reader. I even passed on the Academy Awards to read it. (Okay, for me that?s not a huge sacrifice, but still.) Ostensibly this is the story of the decade the author lost to Scientology. But...

    Near the end, Hall tells a Scientologist friend that she's writing a memior about two cults: Scientology and the Halls, her literary family. For me, the second clan drew me in. Her father Oakley Hall wrote Warlock one the best Westerns ever. Sands' memior manages to find the good an...

    An engrossing, frank, and hypnotically structured account of the author's years-long immersion, only half-willing, into Scientology, FLUNK.START is much more than an exposť. Much has been written elsewhere about the more sensational horrors of Scientology as a mind-bending, life-eatin...

    Flunk. Start is named for the Scientology training key words for getting someone to try again when they make an error in reciting a lesson. While not an easy read, the book is a well-defined documentation of what goes on within the early training to be a Scientologist. The author fell ...

    I love a deep dive into Scientology, and I love a thoughtful, well-written memoir even more. This book is both! Hall explores her upbringing in her liberal, artistic family juxtaposed with her time spent as a Scientologist and eventually leaving the organization. In the afterword, she ...

    Hall's memoir has a much different tone than anything else I've read about Scientology. She joined the cult in large part due to her grief over the death of her brother, and she found genuine insight, community and spirituality there amidst greed, manipulation and hatred. Her ambivalen...

    This book was basically fine. I didn't find Hall's writing style to be particularly good. There's a lot of material here that she seems to think relates to the story of her time in Scientology, but she's never really able to make, for instance, her childhood relationship with her paren...

    Wow. This is a messed up "religion". Have to read more. ...

    Finally! Despite reading many, many books about Scientology, I've never had a clear idea as to how this is a religion. Where is the worship? the rituals? Thanks to this book, I have a better idea (spoiler: there really isn't worship or rituals). Ms. Hall's story of getting drawn in to ...

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