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Jesus Land: A Memoir
by Julia Scheeres

Published: 2012-10-30
Paperback : 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 ...
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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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by Diane860 (see profile) 05/27/10
The author was very nice and spent about 15-20 minutes with us answering questions. It is also interesting to google the school and find current information on the school.

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  "Interesting Discussion"by Diane860 (see profile) 05/27/10

Most in our club enjoyed the book. As always, we had an interesting discussing. We also had the opportunity to discuss the book with the author via conference call which really helped us connect to the... (read more)

 
  "not a good read."by snichter (see profile) 05/26/10

 
  "Jesusland"by suemoros (see profile) 03/26/10

 
  "Julia's strength will astound you."by barntarfuss (see profile) 09/13/08

Its difficult at times to believe the parents could be so heartless and your own heart will break at time for the fate of her brothers. Great testimonial to the sometimes good intentions horrid results... (read more)

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