Now On Our Shelves: GOING CLEAR

Going Clear by Lawrence Wright

Going Clear, the new book from Lawrence Wright that digs deep into the mysterious world of Scientology, hits shelves today nationwide. Yesterday The Daily Beast singled out “15 Revelations” from the book, including this nugget about Ron Hubbard’s early writing practices:

“When he was 23, Hubbard married Margaret Louise Grubb, or Polly. To support his family, he began writing pulp fiction with tremendous speed and imagination. On New Year’s Day, 1938, he had a dental operation under gas anesthetic, and he believed the secrets of the universe were revealed to him, and he began to concentrate on writing science fiction.”

A few of us grabbed copies straight out of the box this morning, so we should have our own take on the controversial new book soon. Wright will be here Monday, January 28 at 7pm to speak about the book in person. Tickets for the signing portion of the event are available with the purchase of a copy of the book from BookPeople (pick it up in-store or online). We’re also taking orders for signed copies of the book if you can’t make it to the event. You can order via our website.

2 thoughts on “Now On Our Shelves: GOING CLEAR

  1. I’m gonna take a wild guess that the author doesn’t see scientology in a favorable light.

    If it’s well written and well supported, I think it might be worthy to check it out

    1. From reviews we’ve read about the book (we have a few booksellers who are reading it right now and can tell us their opinion in a couple of days), the author sticks to his journalistic roots and really does his best to lay down the facts as opposed to the hype. The NYT just published a review of the book that begins:

      “That crunching sound you hear is Lawrence Wright bending over backward to be fair to Scientology.”

      Here’s the whole review:

      We’ll have a review up probably next week with our own further thoughts about it.

      Thanks for reading the blog! If you do decide to pick up the book, let us know what you think.

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