Sharp new memoir digs into Scientology's toxic cruelty experienced by those who grow up in it - 2018-09-15
To say that Nathan's book is merely raw is to do it a disservice. Reading this book is going to leave you feeling like you've been up for five days straight on a hellish meth bender — and we've never done anything like that, so for this book to produce that feeling should give you some idea of how vivid it is.
It's not just that Nathan Rich was put through hell and lived to tell about it, because he certainly was. The son of a dipshit Scientologist mother who didn't give a crap about him, Nathan was raised the Scientology way, which is to say that childhood is sort of an illusion, and kids have to fend for themselves. In Nathan's case, that meant being sadistically imprisoned multiple times in a house of horrors known as the Mace-Kingsley Ranch, where the mistreatment of children was unbelievably cruel and took place in remote locations in California and New Mexico where escape was impossible.