Jesus land is a memoir and the first book written by san francisco writers grotto faculty member julia scheeres, about her and david’s experiences of intense racism, child abuse at home, and severe abuse at escuela carib, a christian reform school for troubled teens in the dominican republic.
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Julia scheeres' memoir jesus land is a painfully candid account of a family riddled with dysfunction scheeres, now 38, grew up in a strict calvinist household in lafayette, indiana, the daughter of a surgeon and his bible-thumping wife her parents' missionary zeal led them to adopt two african-american boys when julia was still a toddler. Buy a cheap copy of jesus land : a memoir book by julia scheeres one of the most compelling, page-turning memoirs to come along in years-by turns jarring, shocking, and funny-a keenly moving ode to the dream of perfect family free shipping over $10.
Julia scheeres has a ba in spanish and an ma 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. Throughout her memoir jesus land julia scheeres uses symbols to place her procedure of flight from her emotions and experiences symbols such as intoxicant music and hope to mean her finding of interrupting free from her jobs and running off from life.
The scheeres raised their children – julia and her adopted brothers jerome and david – according to “biblical” principles these included monitoring what the children read, listened to and watched on television, and their mother installing an intercom system so that she could listen to her children’s conversations. For julia scheeres and her adopted brother david, jesus land stretched from their parents' fundamentalist home, past the hostilities of high school, and deep into a christian reform school in the dominican republic for these two teenagers - brother and sister, black and white - the 1980s were a trial by fire.
Julia’s life has been rough and through it she has found ways to escape her pain and become numb to her surroundings at the start of the book julia is found drinking her “comfort” the first day of her new school she finds herself drinking to numb the transitions of a new school, new friends and a new julia. “scheeres's book sheds startling new light on this murky, mini-chapter of contemporary historythe narrative is [a] compellingpsychological mystery” — the wall street journal “the revelations of [a thousand lives] shine through our everyday relationships to war, our politics, our beliefs and our own actions.