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Julia Scheeres

Autor de Jesus Land: A Memoir

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Julia Scheeres's essays, articles, and book reviews have been published in The New York Times, Elle, Marie Claire, O, The Oprah Magazine, Wired, and other publications. Her second book, A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Jonestown, won the Northern California Independent Bookseller Associations mostrar más Nonfiction Book of the Year award. She lives in Berkeley, California, and is a member of The Grotto. mostrar menos

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It took me a couple days to actually get into this book but once I did I couldnt put it down. It was sometimes unbelievable that this was a memoir! The torment and torture that children were put through in inconceivable....and to know that this particular thing is still going on in the Dominican Republic is appalling!
 
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SRQlover | 54 reseñas más. | Jul 18, 2023 |
I can only give this 4 stars because of the pain it caused my soul. I am sensitive to tales of mental torture and anguish caused to humans, particularly when it is inflicted for no good reason. And this memoir is rife with it: racism, family violence, sexual exploitation, and of course, religion. I suppose I should be astonished by the resilience of the human spirit in the face of such terrible injustices, but I can only think that "what doesn't kill us makes us stronger" is bullshit. We shouldn't have to gain strength through such violent adversity. Surely we can be strong, whole, healthy people without having to endure abuse and pain? I had a pretty soft upbringing in comparison to Julia Scheeres: my parents love me, nobody ever tried to force me to do or believe anything I didn't want to do or believe, nobody injured my body or my soul. And yet I have turned out to be a strong and smart person, without being subjected to exile and alienation from my family. This book is painful but gripping-- I pretty much had to read through it in order to convince myself that people are essentially good. I more or less succeeded.… (más)
 
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karenchase | 54 reseñas más. | Jun 14, 2023 |
I read this as part of a history book club otherwise I might never have seen it. I remember the story in its finale and my parents discussing it. Reading the details as an adult and parent was stunning. the fraud, deception and finally murder is a stark reminder of how delicate real trust is.
 
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blane_warrene | 40 reseñas más. | May 20, 2023 |
You know, I could almost give this book a heart because I could NOT put it down. It's compulsively readable.

Julia tells us about her unique childhood being raised by very strict Christian parents in the Midwest. Her parents have four children of their own, and they adopt two African American boys. One of the African American boys, David, is the same age as Julia, and this memoir relates their story of growing up together as siblings.

Unfortunately, this tale is not a pretty one. Julia's parents are largely absent, in the case of the father, physically, and in the case of the mother, emotionally. Julia and David truly only have each other, and even their relationship is under a lot of stress as their parents treat them differently, and David struggles as one of the only African Americans at his school.

This memoir is to some degree in the same vein as Mommy Dearest or Dave Pelzer's books. Not quite as graphic and horrible - - but definitely the situation is not good, and you feel Julia's pain throughout the story. The parents really seem to have NO redeeming qualities whatsoever . . .so I didn't find it quite as strong as The Glass Castle where the writing really goes so far beyond a mere characterization and really develops the family dynamics.

Nonetheless, Jesus Land is pretty gripping. You want so badly for things to take a turn for the better for these two children. Unfortunately, things by and large get grimmer and grimmer . . .but underneath all the pain, Julia and David's love and loyalty to one another takes center stage and makes the book more than a parent bashing session.

For those of you who do not like much in the way of sexual content, it should be noted that there is some here. Not unduly graphic and not gratuitous - - but it's there.
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Anita_Pomerantz | 54 reseñas más. | Mar 23, 2023 |

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