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Scarred

The True Story of How I Escaped NXIVM, The Cult That Bound My Life

Sarah Edmondson Kristine Gasbarre

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Chronicle Books
17 September 2019
Biography; Memoirs; True stories of heroism, endurance & survival; Contemporary non-Christian & para-Christian cults & sects
In 2005, Sarah Edmondson was a young actress getting her start in Vancouver and hungry for purpose. When NXIVM, a personal and professional development company, promised to provide the tools and insight to reach her potential and make an impact, Sarah was intrigued. She would go on to become one of the cult's most faithful (and effective) devotees. Over her twelve-year tenure, Sarah enrolled over 2,000 people and operated her own NXIVM center in Vancouver. Of course, things were not what they seemed. As Sarah progressed up NXIVM's Stripe Path, questions kept coming up about the organisation's rules and practices. Why did the organisation prevent members from asking questions? Why did those who did ask questions promptly leave or disappear? These questions came to a head in 2017 when Sarah accepted an invitation from her best friend, Lauren Salzman, to join DOS, a secret sisterhood within NXIVM and headed to the headquarters in Albany for the initiation ceremony. Thanks to Sarah's fearlessness as she put her life on the line, that ceremony would mark the beginning of the end of NXIVM. In this tell-all memoir, complete with personal photographs, Sarah shares her true story from the moment she takes her first NXIVM seminar, revealing in-depth details of her time as a member, including what happened on that fateful night in Albany, and her harrowing fight to get out, help others, and heal. This is also a true story about abuses of power, the role female friendships play in cults, and how sometimes the search to be better can override everything else.
By:   Sarah Edmondson
With:   Kristine Gasbarre
Imprint:   Chronicle Books
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 210mm,  Width: 140mm, 
ISBN:   9781797202396
ISBN 10:   1797202391
Pages:   248
Publication Date:   17 September 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Sarah Edmondson is a Canadian actress and playwright who has starred in the CBS series Salvation and more than twelve films for the Hallmark Channel and Lifetime. She is also a well-established voice-over artist for popular series such as Transformers: Cybertron and My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Kristine Gasbarre is the author of the memoir How to Love an American Man, as well as the co-writer of the #1 New York Times bestselling Etched in Sand by Regina Calcaterra. Her work has been featured in such media outlets as People, Glamour, and the Oprah Winfrey Network.

Reviews for Scarred: The True Story of How I Escaped NXIVM, The Cult That Bound My Life

At once riveting and disturbing, Scarred is a brave but messy stab at redemption. -- -The New York Times


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