The Sound of Gravel - Ruth Wariner

The Sound of Gravel

By Ruth Wariner

  • Release Date: 2016-01-05
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 838 Ratings


An instant New York Times bestseller

“A haunting, harrowing testament to survival."People Magazine

“An addictive chronicle of a polygamist community.”New York Magazine

“Unforgettable”Entertainment Weekly

The thirty-ninth of her father’s forty-two children, Ruth Wariner grew up in polygamist family on a farm in rural Mexico. In The Sound of Gravel, she offers an unforgettable portrait of the violence that threatened her community, her family’s fierce sense of loyalty, and her own unshakeable belief in the possibility of a better life. An intimate, gripping tale of triumph and courage, The Sound of Gravel is a heart-stopping true story.


  • I loved this book.

    By Mamabarberc
    Heartbreaking. Interesting. Kept me coming back for more.
  • Awesome book!!

    By tlnavarre
    I brought the book because it was cheap, and it turned out to be a rlly great purchase!!!!
  • Outstanding!

    By Singersongwritter
    An incredible heart felt exceptionally written amazing life story.
  • Wow, just wow

    By madev20
    An unbelievable story written so beautifully by an incredible woman. It was so hard to put down that I read the last half in one sitting! A must read in my opinion. Inspiring and educating.
  • one of the best books i have ever read

    By Amber H. 😜
    i almost didn’t buy this book- and wow would that have been one of the worst decisions i could make. while not polygamous, or religious at all for that matter, this book taught me so many lessons about love, family, and hope. often times, as a society, we forget to appreciate the ones around us and take lots of things for granted. when my fully furnished, new house is “too cold” in the winter, i complain. seeing how ruth lived with no heating system and more remarkably, how she never complained, taught me a valuable lesson about gratitude. i also intend on being closer with family and telling them more often how much they mean to me. most importantly, hope. ruth’s ability to never give up despite sexism harassment and long days inspires me everyday. thank you for being vulnerable and sharing your childhood memories with me and other readers, but most importantly, teaching life lessons in a touching way. definitely one of my favorite books i have ever read. thank you.
  • Incredible

    By Alice14140
    What a powerful, heart breaking, amazingly hopeful memoir. Absolutely incredible. Thank you, Ruth, for sharing your beautiful story, and for including the epilogue. 💓
  • Powerfu

    By inthemoment
    An unbelievably moving story of tragedy, poverty and abuse but also of survival, the power of love and finally triumph.
  • Poignant, heartwarming, courageous

    By mn_Mama
    I’ve never had a book bring me to tears as this one did. Tears of sadness but also tears of happiness. This book is beautifully written and very hard to put down. A very powerful story that I will not soon forget.
  • Soo good

    By nycesw
    Very good book && like the reviews said, hard to put down. I haven’t read a whole book since twilight my senior year, I’m now 27 and a mother of 4 (3 in heaven 1 on earth). So many moments I could relate too and many moments that were new and heartbreaking. Thank you for sharing your story
  • Heart wrenching, yet amazing

    By travelingty
    Thank you for sharing your story with us all. It could not have been easy. It was difficult to get through because of what you all went through but I’m glad I got through it.