Advance Praise for Memoir 

"Heidi has written a compelling and important story, engaging from the personal point of view and with implications for our time."


- Barbara Kreiger PhD, Dartmouth College graduate chair of Creative Writing


"The cult that raised Heidi Hough couldn't suppress the girl's wild, creative spirit, and now this talented young adult can't suppress the stories clamoring to escape her roiling mind. Don't worry, though. Hough's writing is not mere catharsis or payback. Rather, the trauma of her exceptional childhood bursts onto the page transformed by warmth, generosity and humor. Her honesty teases universal insights from a coming of age tale that verges on the surreal."

- Bob  Sipchen, author of  Baby Insane and The  Buddha (Doubleday  1993)  and a  Pulitzer  Prize  winning  journalist  at The Los Angeles Times



"From the opening pages, Church Heidi vs real Heidi grabs you and takes you on an incredible journey filled with tragedy, love and loss – all seen through the eyes of a young, helpless girl and told with startling honesty and clarity.  What eventually emerges is the Brave Heidi, the Survivor Heidi whose renewed voice tells us her story with dark yet humor-filled pathos."

- Anne Marie Gillen, Executive Producer, Fried Green Tomatoes



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