Jesus Land: A Memoir

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Counterpoint Press, Oct 30, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 384 pages
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Julia and her adopted brother, David, are sixteen-years-old. Julia is white. David is black. It is the mid-1980s and their family has just moved to rural Indiana, a landscape of cottonwood trees, trailer parks, and an all-encompassing racism. At home are a distant mother—more involved with her church’s missionaries than her own children—and a violent father. In this riveting and heartrending memoir Julia Scheeres takes us from the Midwest to a place beyond imagining: surrounded by natural beauty, the Escuela Caribe—a religious reform school in the Dominican Republic—is characterized by a disciplinary regime that extracts repentance from its students by any means necessary. Julia and David strive to make it through these ordeals and their tale is relayed here with startling immediacy, extreme candor, and wry humor.
 

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This book is scary and helpful to warn all parents and caregivers about the pitfalls of falling for appearances only. The criminal activities child abuse was beyond comprehension and all parents ... Read full review

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In her first book, journalist Scheeres tells what it was like growing up in a fundamentalist Christian family in rural Indiana with two adopted African American brothers. She deftly exposes the ... Read full review

Contents

PART ONE IN GOD WE TRUST 1 THE HEARTLAND
3
FRIENDSNEIGHBORS
21
EDUCATION
41
HOME
61
BODY PARTS
89
VIRGINITY
115
SHARP OBJECTS
139
FREEDOM
157
PROGRESS
255
RAPTURE
267
AGUA DE COCO
285
THE PASTOR
313
TURKEY
327
FLORIDA
339
EPILOGUE
349
AFTERWORD
357

PART TWO TRUST NO ONE 9 THE ISLAND
169
THE PROGRAM
193
DEAD BABIES
211
NEW GIRL
233
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
363
AN INTERVIEW WITH JULIA SCHEERES
365
READING GUIDE
371
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About the author (2012)

JULIA SCHEERES has a B.A. in Spanish and an M.A. in journalism from the University of Southern California. She has written for the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, New York Times and Wired, and has twice been a finalist for journalism awards presented by the USC Annenberg School for Communication. She is also the author of A Thousand Lives. Scheeres lives in San Francisco, California.

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