The Secular Humanists of the Lowcountry

Book Group: I'm Perfect, You're Doomed by Kyria Abrahams

Feb 28, 2010 / 4:00 PM

LOCATION CHANGE: West Ashley Barnes and Noble

The book group will meet on February 28th to discuss I'm Perfect, You're Doomed: Tales from a Jehovah's Witness Upbringing by Kyria Abrahams.

When Abrahams was growing up, her world was neatly divided between those who would live forever in a paradise on earth and all the "worldly" people her Jehovah's Witness family prayed for. Her congregation forbade Christmas and Halloween, aggressively shunned anyone who left the fold and taught children that birthday parties were of the devil. For kicks in her early teens, Abrahams would go witnessing door-to-door with her pal Lisa, a die-hard J-Dub. This acerbic, witty memoir chronicles the first 23 years of Abraham's life with candor and a good dose of comedy. Unlike other memoirs written by the disenchanted, Abrahams musters some affection for her decent but screwed-up family, and even for the religion itself.

The book is currently bargain-priced on Amazon at $10, and second-hand copies are available for even less. At the moment, one copy is available in the Charleston library system. There are three copies in the Horry county library system, and two in the Dorchester county system.

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