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Keep Sweet : Children of Polygamy: Palmer, Debra; Perrin, David

Keep Sweet : Children of Polygamy

Palmer, Debra; Perrin, David

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ISBN 10: 0968794335 / ISBN 13: 9780968794333
Published by Dave's Press, Limited, Lister, British Columbia, 2004
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Near Fine in softcover. 23 by 15 cm. 393 pages. Gift inscrption by author Palmer to former owner on title page. Trade size. Pictorial cover. Bright, clean. Bookseller Inventory # TUBB117

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Title: Keep Sweet : Children of Polygamy

Publisher: Dave's Press, Limited, Lister, British Columbia

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Soft Cover

Signed: Signed by Author

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Keep Sweet: Children of Polygamy, co-authored by Debbie Palmer and best-selling author, Dave Perrin, journals Deb Palmer's experiences growing up as a child in a community where plural marriages and religious dogma were the norm.

Debbie was married to three different men - the first time at the age of fifteen – during her thirty-three years with the group of Mormon Fundamentalists in the community of Bountiful near Creston, BC. She was subjected to emotional, physical and sexual abuse. It was when she saw this cycle repeating itself in her children's lives that she fled Bountiful. Deb Palmer was profiled on CBC's The National, The Journal and The Fifth Estate; Global's Leaving Bountiful; and CTV's documentary for Prime Time News. A clip from the Fifth Estate documentary featuring Debbie Palmer has been aired twice on Oprah.

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Debbie Palmer

Debbie Palmer was taken to a polygamous community now called Bountiful near Creston, B.C., at two years of age. She is the oldest of 47 children. Her mother was the first of six wives and passed away at 23 years of age. Debbie was married at fifteen as sixth wife of 55-year-old leader of the Canadian group under the direction of the "prophet" from Colorado City, Arizona. After just three years, her first husband died of leukemia and she was assigned as fifth wife to another man 40 years her senior. After a schism in the leadership of the polygamous group divided members, she was given a "release" from the second husband and assigned to a third. She managed to escape the community pregnant with her seventh child after years of trauma and abuse.

Debbie lives in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, with eight children and has pursued academic studies. She is a human rights activist, a community crime prevention educator and advocate, and author of various bodies of research. She has consulted with and been the subject of several documentaries on the topic of polygamy in North America.

David Perrin

David Perrin was raised in a small community near Trail and attended Selkirk College before moving on to the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He earned his degree as Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon.

Since 2000, Dr. Perrin's publishing company, Dave's Press, has released three best-selling books about his Kootenay practice. Don't Turn Your Back in the Barn, Dr. Dave's Stallside Manner and Where Does it Hurt? Don't Turn Your Back in the Barn has also been published in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. As well, Sony has optioned it for publication in Japan. The book concepts are currently under consideration for a CBC television series.

David Perrin, co-author of Palmer's story, has also been connected to individuals represented in this book, Keep Sweet: Children of Polygamy. Dave lives in the Creston Valley and continues to write.

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