Cult Confessions

Hi, I'm Rachel, and I've been binging multiple docuseries about NXIVM. How are you? Over the past few years, we've seen a shift in true stories about cults—we're getting more and more first-person accounts and memoirs, each more fascinating than the last. India Oxenberg's memoir about NXIVM just came out, and it led me down a rabbit hole of other great memoirs by those who've fallen under the spell of a cult leader. Here are 10 of the best.

Still Learning

Still Learning is India Oxenberg’s intimate, first-person account of how she was lured into and, seven years later, escaped from the NXIVM cult, DOS....

Meeting Manson

Once upon a time Rolling Stone contributing editor Erik Hedegaard became the last mainstream media journalist to interview Charles Manson. But the story he wrote for RS in 2013 didn’t begin to capture the strange and lingering effect Manson would have on his life....

Wholly Unraveled

Wholly Unraveled is Keele Burgin’s gripping and inspiring journey of self-discovery and of finally finding her voice against nearly insurmountable odds....

Breaking Free

The daughter of Warren Jeffs, the self-proclaimed Prophet of the FLDS Church, takes you deep inside the secretive polygamist Mormon fundamentalist cult run by her family and how she escaped it....

Beyond Belief

Jenna Miscavige Hill, niece of Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige, was raised as a Scientologist but left the controversial religion in 2005....

Waco

Commemorating the 25th anniversary of the siege at Waco, an updated reissue of the critically acclaimed A Place Called Waco by Branch Davidian survivor David Thibodeau....

The World in Flames

When The World in Flames begins in 1970, Jerry Walker is six years old. His consciousness revolves around being a member of a church whose beliefs he finds confusing and terrifying....

In the Days of Rain

Rebecca Stott both adored and feared her father, Roger Stott, a high-ranking minister in the Exclusive Brethren, a separatist fundamentalist Christian sect....

Hollywood Park

Hollywood Park is a remarkable memoir of a tumultuous life. Mikel Jollett was born into one of the country’s most infamous cults and subjected to a childhood filled with poverty, addiction, and emotional abuse....

The Sound of Gravel

A riveting, deeply affecting true story of one girl's coming of age in a polygamist cult....

Still Learning

Still Learning is India Oxenberg’s intimate, first-person account of how she was lured into and, seven years later, escaped from the NXIVM cult, DOS....

Meeting Manson

Once upon a time Rolling Stone contributing editor Erik Hedegaard became the last mainstream media journalist to interview Charles Manson. But the story he wrote for RS in 2013 didn’t begin to capture the strange and lingering effect Manson would have on his life....

Wholly Unraveled

Wholly Unraveled is Keele Burgin’s gripping and inspiring journey of self-discovery and of finally finding her voice against nearly insurmountable odds....

Breaking Free

The daughter of Warren Jeffs, the self-proclaimed Prophet of the FLDS Church, takes you deep inside the secretive polygamist Mormon fundamentalist cult run by her family and how she escaped it....

Beyond Belief

Jenna Miscavige Hill, niece of Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige, was raised as a Scientologist but left the controversial religion in 2005....

Waco

Commemorating the 25th anniversary of the siege at Waco, an updated reissue of the critically acclaimed A Place Called Waco by Branch Davidian survivor David Thibodeau....

The World in Flames

When The World in Flames begins in 1970, Jerry Walker is six years old. His consciousness revolves around being a member of a church whose beliefs he finds confusing and terrifying....

In the Days of Rain

Rebecca Stott both adored and feared her father, Roger Stott, a high-ranking minister in the Exclusive Brethren, a separatist fundamentalist Christian sect....

Hollywood Park

Hollywood Park is a remarkable memoir of a tumultuous life. Mikel Jollett was born into one of the country’s most infamous cults and subjected to a childhood filled with poverty, addiction, and emotional abuse....

The Sound of Gravel

A riveting, deeply affecting true story of one girl's coming of age in a polygamist cult....

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