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Jesus Land: A Memoir; With a New Preface by the Author

Jesus Land: A Memoir; With a New Preface by the Author

by Julia Scheeres

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Overview

"A page turner...heart-stopping and enraging...focused, justified, and without a trace of self-pity. Shot through with poignancy." ––New York Times Book Review



Over a decade after its first publication, Jesus Land remains deeply resonant with readers. Now with a new preface by the author, this New York Times bestselling memoir is a gripping tale of rage and redemption, hope and humor, morality and malice—and most of all, the truth: that being a good person takes more than just going to church.



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, 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640092167
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
Publication date: 06/11/2019
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

JULIA SCHEERES' essays, articles and book reviews have been published in the New York Times, Elle, Marie Claire, O Magazine, Wired and other publications. Her second book, A Thousand Lives: the Untold Story of Jonestown, won the Northern California Independent Bookseller Association's Nonfiction Book of the Year award. She lives in Berkeley, California and is a member of the San Francisco Writers' Grotto.

Table of Contents

PREFACE XI

AUTHOR’S NOTE XV

PART ONE IN GOD WE TRUST

1 THE HEARTLAND 3

2 FRIENDS & NEIGHBORS 21

3 EDUCATION 41

4 HOME 61

5 BODY PARTS 89

6 VIRGINITY 115

7 SHARP OBJECTS 139

8 FREEDOM 157

PART TWO TRUST NO ONE

9 THE ISLAND 169

10 THE PROGRAM 193

11 DEAD BABIES 211

12 NEW GIRL 233

13 PRO-GRESS 255

14 RAPTURE 267

15 AGUA DE COCO 285

16 THE PASTOR 313

17 TURKEY 327

18 FLORIDA 339

EPILOGUE 349

AFTERWORD 357

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 363

AN INTERVIEW WITH JULIA SCHEERES 365

READING GUIDE 371