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ISBN13: 9781582433387
ISBN10: 1582433380
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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.

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"Journalist Scheeres offers a frank and compelling portrait of growing up as a white girl with two adopted black brothers in 1970s rural Indiana, and of her later stay with one of them at a Christian reform school in the Dominican Republic. The book takes its title from a homemade sign that Scheeres and the brother closest to her in age and temperament, David, spot one day on a road in the Hoosier countryside, proclaiming, 'This here is: JESUS LAND.' And while religion is omnipresent both at their school and in the home of their devout parents, the two rarely find themselves the beneficiaries of anything resembling Christian love. One of the elements that make Scheeres's book so successful is her distanced, uncritical tone in relaying deeply personal and clearly painful events from her life. She powerfully renders episodes like her attempted rape at the hands of three boys, the harsh beatings administered to David by her father and the ceaseless racial taunting by schoolmates; her lack of perceivable malice or vindictiveness prevents readers from feeling coerced into sympathy. The same can be said for Scheeres's description of their Dominican school, where humiliation and physical punishment are meant to redeem the allegedly misguided pupils. Tinged with sadness yet pervaded by a sense of triumph, Scheeres's book is a crisply written and earnest examination of the meaning of family and Christian values, and announces the author as a writer to watch. Agent, Sam Stoloff." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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Brooke Strickland, October 16, 2013 (view all comments by Brooke Strickland)
I am a memoir aficionado -- and I have to say, this memoir is probably one of the most haunting, powerful memoirs I've read. This story, which read more like a novel, sucked me in. It was a heart-wrenching account of the incredibly horrible abuse that Scheeres suffered at the hands of those she trusted by people that are supposedly doing things in the name of "religion." Scheeres triumphantly breaks her silence in this memoir, showing incredible bravery and strength.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781582433387
Author:
Scheeres, Julia
Publisher:
Counterpoint LLC
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Education
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20050931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.50x6.04x1.17 in. 1.15 lbs.

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Product details 368 pages Counterpoint Press - English 9781582433387 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Journalist Scheeres offers a frank and compelling portrait of growing up as a white girl with two adopted black brothers in 1970s rural Indiana, and of her later stay with one of them at a Christian reform school in the Dominican Republic. The book takes its title from a homemade sign that Scheeres and the brother closest to her in age and temperament, David, spot one day on a road in the Hoosier countryside, proclaiming, 'This here is: JESUS LAND.' And while religion is omnipresent both at their school and in the home of their devout parents, the two rarely find themselves the beneficiaries of anything resembling Christian love. One of the elements that make Scheeres's book so successful is her distanced, uncritical tone in relaying deeply personal and clearly painful events from her life. She powerfully renders episodes like her attempted rape at the hands of three boys, the harsh beatings administered to David by her father and the ceaseless racial taunting by schoolmates; her lack of perceivable malice or vindictiveness prevents readers from feeling coerced into sympathy. The same can be said for Scheeres's description of their Dominican school, where humiliation and physical punishment are meant to redeem the allegedly misguided pupils. Tinged with sadness yet pervaded by a sense of triumph, Scheeres's book is a crisply written and earnest examination of the meaning of family and Christian values, and announces the author as a writer to watch. Agent, Sam Stoloff." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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