Shari, March 22, 2007 (view all comments by Shari)
Jesus Land is a gripping memoir. Julia Scheeres is a wonderful story teller who captures your attention and does not let go. I enjoyed this book thoroughly and have recommended it to many people.
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by New York Times,
"It is Scheeres's high emotion and her tight control of her narrative within that emotion that is most striking. Her anger serves her well: it is focused, justified and without a trace of self-pity."
by Los Angeles Times,
"[W]hat makes Jesus Land unique and easy to relate to is its unadorned, dark humor."
by San Francisco Chronicle,
"Julia Scheeres has written a love story that is as romantic and as sad as any recent memoir you'll read."
by Library Journal,
"This work will force readers to relive the angst of being a teenager at a new school and desperately trying to fit in."
by Kirkus Reviews,
"A bristly summoning of unpretty events, conveyed with remarkable placidity."
"The writing is Dickensian in its blend of the tender, the brutal, and the absurd."
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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