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Jesus land, a memoir, Julia Scheeres

It's the mid-1980s. Julia Scheeres and her adopted brother David are sixteen years old and have just moved to rural Indiana, a landscape of cottonwood trees and trailer parks--and a racism neither of them is prepared for. While Julia is white, her close relationship with David, who is black, makes them both outcasts. At home, a distant mother--more involved with her church's missionaries than with her own children--and a violent father only compound their problems. When high-school hormones, bullying, and a deep-seated restlessness prove too much to bear, they are packed off to a Christian boot camp in the Dominican Republic. Surrounded by natural beauty, the Escuela Caribe is governed by a disciplinary regime that demands its teens repent for their sins--which few of them are aware they've committed. How they made it through with heart and soul intact is told here with candor and humor.--From publisher description
Table Of Contents
1: In God we trust -- The heartland -- Friends & neighbors -- Education -- Home -- Body parts -- Virginity -- Sharp objects -- Freedom -- 2: Trust no one -- The island -- The program -- Dead babies -- New girl -- Pro-gress -- Rapture -- Agua de coco -- The pastor -- Turkey -- Florida
Literary Form
non fiction
"With a new afterword and reading guide"--Cover
Physical Description
1 online resource (xiii, 373 pages)
Specific Material Designation
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  • Fountaindale Library - Bolingbrook

    300 West Briarcliff Road, Bolingbrook, IL, 60440, US