Jesus Land by Julia Scheeres
A Memoir

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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.

About Julia Scheeres

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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.
Published October 30, 2012 by Counterpoint. 402 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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A story of abuse: physical, emotional and sexual abuse.

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Even though Julia truly saw David as her brother, Jerome is adopted because her parents believe David needed "one of his own kind."

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Jesus Land (2005) "Life may not be fair," says Scheeres toward the end of this marvelous remembrance of her adopted brother, David, "but when you have someone to… 2005-09-27 Julia Scheeres ...

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At home, a distant mother-more involved with her church's missionaries than with her own children-and a violent father only compound their problems.

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