Sweet Heaven When I Die by Jeff Sharlet
Faith, Faithlessness, and the Country In Between

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“A master investigative stylist and one of the shrewdest commentators on religion’s underexplored realms.”—Michael Washburn, Washington Post


In this gorgeous collection of essays that has drawn comparisons to the work of Joan Didion, John McPhee, and Norman Mailer, best-selling author Jeff Sharlet reports back from the far reaches of belief, whether in the clear mountain air of “Sweet Fuck All, Colorado” or in a midnight congregation of anarchists celebrating a victory over police. Like movements in a complex piece of music, Sharlet’s dispatches vibrate with all the madness and beauty, the melancholy and aspirations for transcendence, of American life.
 

About Jeff Sharlet

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Jeff Sharlet is a visiting research scholar at New York University's Center for Religion and Media. He is a contributing editor for Harper's and Rolling Stone, the coauthor, with Peter Manseau, of Killing the Buddha, and the editor of TheRevealer.org. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
 
Published August 15, 2011 by W. W. Norton & Company. 277 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference, History. Non-fiction

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In his latest book, Sharlet (C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy, 2010, etc.) returns to religion but casts a wider net, peering into the nooks and crannies of modern American faiths largely by examining their leaders.

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In a wide-ranging collection of personal essays, Sharlet (The Family) provides various takes on faith in the form of profiles of a diverse group among the faithful and the faithless including a politician, a philosopher, an anarchist, a Yiddish novelist, and a group of evangelical teens.

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Oregon Live

I found myself thinking of that conversation while reading "The Best Minds of My Generation," a piece about youth minister Ron Luce in Jeff Sharlet's superb new essay collection "Sweet Heaven When I Die: Faith, Faithlessness, and the Country In Between."

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From Dr. Cornel West to legendary banjo player Dock Boggs, from the youth evangelist Ron Luce to America's largest "Mind, Body, Spirit Expo," Sharlet profiles religious radicals, realists, and escapists.

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Book Forum

In his new book of essays, Sweet Heaven When I Die, Jeff Sharlet recounts a tête-à-tête between writers William Hogeland and Greil Marcus over the subject of Dock Boggs, a folk singer-turned-coal miner who was rediscovered and canonized during the 1960s folk revival.

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Newcity Lit

Jeff Sharlet is searching for God, not by way of epiphany but by way of research.

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Scholars And Rogues

By the time I’d finished the first third of this book, I was ready to send my review copy back to the publisher with a rude note.

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The Paris Review

All I had to do was open to the first lines of “Sweet Fuck All, Colorado:” “When I was eighteen I fell hard for the state of Colorado as embodied by a woman with long honey blond hair and speckled green eyes, who drank wine from a coffee mug and whiskey from the bottle.” —Deirdre Foley-Mendelsso...

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