Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Coffee Burps/Books

I had lap band surgery almost a year ago (down about 65 pounds, thank you very much!), and one thing I (and everyone around me) have noticed is that when I eat too much, or when I eat certain goods, I start burping uncontrollably. This can be amusing or embarrassing, depending upon when the burps happen and how loud they are.

Today I've got coffee burps. Never had that before, that I recall, and they're frankly kind of nasty. They're not belchtastically loud, but they taste kind of disgusting. Not disgusting enough to turn me away from coffee, however, because coffee is like nectar. Especially peppermint mocha coffee, of which I had 2 cups yesterday and 3 cups Monday. And this cinnamon cappuccino I'm sipping on this morning is also extremely tasty. There's this part of me that says I should pour it out so the burps will go away, but the other part of me says screw that! I'm drinking it until it gets cold and I have to pour it out. Because coffee? Sweet, sweet sin.

Changing the subject:

I've been doing tons and tons of reading about TSCC. It amuses me in a not funny sort of way how I've been afraid of anti-mormon literature, but the things that are the most anti of all are produced by the church.  You know, the book of abraham, the book of mormon, journal of discourses. I still remember the first time I read the Autobiography of Parley P. Pratt, and how awesome it all was. And I definitely still remember last April how I felt when I found out he was not martyred but murdered by the husband of his most recent wife, who hadn't bothered to divorce him before she married Parley.

Please--if you have any good book suggestions, I'd love to hear your input. I'm listing below the ones I've either read or have purchased and are on my TBR list:

Purchased and read:
Mormonism: A Life Under False Pretenses by Lee B. Baker
Hippie Boy: A Girl's Story by Ingrid Ricks
Shattered Dreams: My Life as a Polygamist's Wife by Irene Spencer
Favorite Wife: Escape from Polygamy by Susan Ray Schmidt
The Sins of Brother Curtis by Lisa Davis
Heaven Up Here by John Williams
Stolen Innocence by Elissa Wall and Lisa Pulitzer
Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer
Wife No. 19 by Ann Eliza Young
The 19th Wife (fiction, I know) by David Ebershoff
Fanny Stenhouse's memoirs
The City of the Mormons, 3 Days at Nauvoo by Caswell I think--it didn't seem really reliable, but I don't know--wasn't there

Purchased but not yet read:
Mormonism: Con or Cult? by Martin Scholes
The Mountain Meadows Massacre by Josiah Francis Gibbs
The Mormon Mirage by Latayne C. Scott
Prophet's Prey by Sam Brower
I have a couple of volumes of the Journal of Discourses, which I was able to download for no cost
I've also downloaded a number of other books written about the early Utah Mormons & polygamy, but don't know how accurate/reliable they are

I've seen Todd Compton's book In Sacred Loneliness recommended, but it's not available in nook format, nor is No Man Knows My History.

Any recommendations for other books to help round out my knowledge? I'd like to read an honest biography of Brigham Young. I want to read Rough Stone Rolling but I don't want to buy it again--I'd bought it once in hard cover, but it went up in flames when my house caught fire. I'm of the mind to avoid anything put out by the church, as I've paid enough money into their coffers over the last 30 years.

1 comment:

  1. NO MAN KNOWS MY HISTORY is a perennial favorite, but you've probably read it since becoming an ex-Mormon. CHURCH OF LIES by Flora Jessop and LOST BOY by Brent Jeffs are two heartbreaking memoires from FLDS survivors.