Off the Stacks is a weekly-ish feature where I highlight a nonfiction book I’m curious about but will probably run out of hours in the day to actually read. I’m hoping that by highlighting titles this way, I can encourage other people to give the book a try, and, if it’s great, consider nominating it later this year for the Indie Lit Awards. Consider these books stamped with the “Sophisticated Dorkiness Seal of Curious Approval.”
Title: A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Hope, Deception, and Survival at Jonestown
Author: Julia Scheeres
Publisher: Free Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster
Nonfiction Type: Narrative History
Topics Covered: Jonestown, politics, 1960s
What It’s About: A Thousand Lives follows five members of Jim Jones’ Peoples Temple – “a middle-class English teacher from Colorado, an elderly African American woman raised in Jim Crow Alabama, a troubled young black man from Oakland, and a working-class father and his teenage son “ – who came to the community for different reasons but ended up fighting for their lives as Jones slowly drew the community into chaos.
Why I Want to Read It: I liked Julia Scheeres memoir Jesus Land, which was about her time at a religious reform school in the Dominican Republic. I think her experiences in that sort of environment will give a lot of insight into this particular exploration of Jonestown and what happened there.
Who Else Might Like It: Historians, those fascinated by fanaticism and escapism
Reviews: Chocolate & Croissants |