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Another Hour on a Sunday Morning : A memoir

Another Hour on a Sunday Morning : A memoir

Author: Julia Scheeres
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'I am still thinking of [Another Hour On A Sunday Morning] long after finishing it. I was drawn in by how genuine it was, and I am in absolute awe of the violence, racism, and neglect in their outwardly Christian family. As I was reading I wished that I could have stepped in to save them all.' Wendy Manning, Third Place Books One of the most compelling, page-turning memoirs to come along in years - by turns jarring, shocking, and funny. Another Hour On A Sunday Morning is the story of two children growing up in fundamentalist Christian America. Sinners go to: HELL. Rightchuss go to: HEAVEN. The end is neer: REPENT. This here is: JESUS LAND. Julia Scheeres stumbles across these signs along the side of a cornfield while out biking with her adopted brother, David. It's the mid-1980s, they're 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 the day comes that high-school hormones, bullying, and a deep-seated restlessness prove too much to bear, the parents send Julia and David to the Dominican Republic to a 1980s Christian version of Brat Camp. In this riveting memoir, first-time author Scheeres takes us with her from the Midwest to a place beyond our imagining. Surrounded by natural beauty, the Escuela Caribe is governed by a disciplinary regime that demands its teens repent for their sins under boot-camp conditions. Julia and David's determination to make it through their childhood and the camp with heart and soul intact is told here with immediacy, candor and sparkling humour. Mesmerising and unputdownable - like Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs or Once In A House On Fire by Andrea Ashworth, Another Hour On A Sunday Morning is unforgettable. 'The grace and emotional brawn that carried Julia Scheeres through the pummeling brutality of her youth has enabled her to tell the tale with a measured intensity that pulls you to her side and keeps you there. I could not stop reading this book.' Mary Roach, author of Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers 'This unsparing memoir tells a sad and poignant tale of abuse, alienation, and ultimately personal redemption. Julia?s always hopeful voice lent humanity to the story and made me imagine her as a flower that grows between the unforgiving cracks in a sidewalk.? Danielle Marshall, Powell?s Books 'Took my breath away - for the cruelties she suffered, for the courage it took to survive and tell her story...at turns heart-breaking and humorous' Laura Fraser, author of An Italian Affair First published 2005.
Reviews
"* 'Took my breath away - for the cruelties she suffered, for the courage it took to survive and tell her story...at turns heart-breaking and humorous' Laura Fraser, author of An Italian Affair * 'The grace and emotional brawn that carried Julia Scheeres through the pummelling brutality of her youth has enabled her to tell the tale with a measured intensity that pulls you to her side and keeps you there. I could not stop reading this book.' Mary Roach, author of Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers * 'I had to remind myself that this was non-fiction, that real people experienced this.' Mark Laframboise, Politics and Prose Bookstore * 'I am still thinking of Another Hour on a Sunday Morning long after finishing it. I was drawn in by how genuine it was, and I am in absolute awe of the violence, racism, and neglect in their outwardly Christian family. As I was reading I wished that I could have stepped in to save them all.' Wendy Manning, Third Place Books"
Author description
Julia Scheeres has a B.A. in Spanish and an M.A. in Journalism from the University of Southern California. She has written for the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, El Financiero, and Wired, and has twice been a finalist for journalism awards presented by the USC Annenberg School for Communication. She lives in Oakland, California.
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General Fields

  • : 9780091797218
  • : hutch
  • : hutch
  • : October 2005
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Julia Scheeres
  • : Paperback
  • : 362.76092
  • : 272