Virtual Graphic Novel Book Club Meeting

Talking to Strangers: A Memoir of My Escape From a Cult by Marianne Boucher

It was the summer of 1980, and Marianne Boucher was ready to chase her figure skating dream. Fuelled by the desire to rise above her mundane high-school life, she sought a new adventure as a glamorous performer in L.A.

And then a chance encounter on a California beach introduced her to a new group of people. People who shared her distrust of the status quo. People who seemed to value authenticity and compassion above all else. And they liked her. Not Marianne the performer, but Marianne the person.

Soon, she'd abandoned school, her skating and, most dramatically, her family to live with her new friends and help them fulfill their mission of "saving the world." She believed that no sacrifice was too great to be there—and to live with real purpose. They were helping people, and they cared about her . . . didn't they?

Talking to Strangers is the true story of Marianne Boucher's experiences in a cult, where she was subjected to sophisticated brainwashing techniques that took away her freedom, and took over her mind. Told in mesmerizing graphic memoir form, with vivid text and art alike, Marianne shares how she fell in with devotees of a frightening spiritual abuser, and how she eventually, painfully, pulled herself out.

Event date: 
Sunday, September 27, 2020 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Event address: 
326 Bull Street
Savannah, GA 31401
Talking to Strangers: A Memoir of My Escape from a Cult Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780385677332
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Doubleday Canada - April 7th, 2020