Item description for Jesus Land: A Memoir (Alex Awards (Awards)) by Julia Scheeres...
Overview This riveting memoir is the story of a 16-year-old girl and her adopted, black, 16-year-old brother in Indiana who are sent to a reform school in the Dominican Republic by their violent father and distant mother more involved with her church's missionaries than her own children.
Awards and Recognitions Jesus Land: A Memoir (Alex Awards (Awards)) by Julia Scheeres has received the following awards and recognitions -
Alex Awards - 2006 Winner - Adult/For Young Adults category
Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award - 2007-2008 Nominee - Grades 9-12 category
Citations And Professional Reviews Jesus Land: A Memoir (Alex Awards (Awards)) by Julia Scheeres has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Senior High Core Col - 01/01/2011 page 747
Publishers Weekly - 08/15/2005 page 49
Vanity Fair - 10/01/2005 page 138
Essence - 10/01/2005 page 94
Ingram Advance - 10/01/2005 page 57
Booklist - 09/01/2005 page 42
Entertainment Weekly - 09/30/2005 page 99
People Weekly - 11/07/2005 page 53
Kirkus Reviews - 07/15/2005 page 781
Library Journal - 11/01/2005 page 86
New York Times - 11/13/2005 page 53
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 109
Booksense '76 October 2005 - 10/01/2005 page 1
Wilson Senior High Core Col - 01/01/2006 page 82
Wilson Senior High Core Col - 01/01/2007 page 605
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 12/31/2008 page 1075
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 6.04" Height: 1.17" Weight: 1.15 lbs.
Release Date Sep 6, 2005
Publisher Counterpoint LLC
ISBN 1582433380 ISBN13 9781582433387
Availability 0 units.
More About Julia Scheeres
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.
Reviews - What do customers think about Jesus Land: A Memoir (Alex Awards (Awards))?
Underrated Dec 7, 2008
Julia Scheeres' memoir has easily become one of my absolute favorites. The reader should be warned: this book is incredibly painful to read and will leave the reader feeling rancorous for the entire Midwest, every religious fanatic, and inevitabley Julia Scheeres, but above all else this beautifully chronicled story of the unbreakable bond between her and David, her brother and best friend, will be one of the most rewarding and life-affirming experiences ever.
poorly written Dec 1, 2008
This is just another memoir written for shock value. Just like "A Million Little Pieces" incidents are embellished and exaggerated to gain sympathy from the reader. It is not believable, and certainly not accurate. Reader Beware!
That's life. Nov 18, 2008
You will not be disappointed with this book; I was glued to it all weekend. I really admire Julia for her honesty and her courage to let the reader into her life. I can't begin to imagine how hard it was to write this memoir.
Reporting Live From Inside Jesus Land Oct 15, 2008
This book reduced me to tears at several points, probably because of my several shared experiences with the author. Jesus Land is the well written story of growing up under an oppressive, twisted, and abusive form of religion in America's Heartland. It's the story about how religion can bring out the best and the worst in people -- although mostly the latter is drawn out of the characters in this book.
Scheeres story takes her from the Hoosier State to the Dominican Republic with only one constant in her life: her beloved brother, David, her adopted black brother. Not only is this memoir about the effect abusive religion can have on a young psyche, it's about the bond that develops between two people who go through that experience together.
A Must Read Memoir Sep 18, 2008
Jesus Land is Julia Scheeres' memoir of her childhood, with the main theme being her relationship with her adopted brother David. It has witty prose and graphic reality, leaving you with the haunting feeling that there are places in the world where things are terribly wrong.
The majority of the book is set in mid-80's rural Indiana. Julia lives with her father, who is a doctor, her stay at home mother, and her adopted brother David, who happens to be black. There is another adopted brother, Jerome, who occasionally makes appearances. Julia's parents are devoutly religious, preferring mission trips and Bible studies over their children.
This is not a feel good book. Julia's father, who is absent through most of the book, beats Jerome and David. Jerome rapes Julia, yet her relationship with her parents is so bad that she feels she cannot tell them. There are frequent encounters with racism, as most people at the time were not comfortable with siblings of different races. David and Julia are shipped off to the Dominican Republic to attend Escuela Caribe, a fundamentalist school outside of U.S. government control for a reason. There they encounter more physical and psychological abuse, often reduced to animals in the way they are treated.
But there is plenty of good to take away from this book. It is essentially the story of the love between David and Julia. It is hard to imagine two siblings being closer, especially considering what they had to endure. They were the same age, and nearly inseparable. They were even able to develop a code of "sign language" between them during the times they couldn't speak to each other at Escuela Caribe. There is also the opportunity to learn what a home looks like when love is absent and religious rules and traditions are used instead.
I strongly recommend this book, but it is highly graphic. Be prepared to be confronted with real life, unfiltered and without apologies.