Daniella Mestyanek Young



In the vein of Educated and The Glass Castle, Uncultured is a memoir about growing up in a religious cult and later joining the U.S. Army. It reveals the life of a woman who, no matter the lack of tools given to her, is determined to overcome.

“I let out a gasp, as a sharp thought pierces my consciousness: Did I just join another cult?”

“A tremendous story of grit and determination.”
—Julia Scheeres, bestselling author of Jesus Land

“Well-written and engaging.”
—Tammy Smith, Major General, US Army (Retired)

“Searing . . . elegantly and intricately intertwines the worlds of religious cult and military.”
—Ryan Leigh Dostie, author of Formation and US Army veteran

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