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    DescriptionThe saga of Jonestown didn't end on the day in November 1978 when more than nine hundred Americans died in a mass murder-suicide in the Guyanese jungle. While only a handful of people present at the agricultural project survived that day in Jonestown, more than eighty members of Peoples Temple, led by Jim Jones, were elsewhere in Guyana on that day, and thousands more members of the movement still lived in California. Emmy-nominated writer Leigh Fondakowski, who is best known for her work on the play and HBO film "The Laramie Project," spent three years traveling the United States to interview these survivors, many of whom have never talked publicly about the tragedy. Using more than two hundred hours of interview material, Fondakowski creates intimate portraits of these survivors as they tell their unforgettable stories.Collectively this is a record of ordinary people, stigmatized as cultists, who after the Jonestown massacre were left to deal with their grief, reassemble their lives, and try to make sense of how a movement born in a gospel of racial and social justice could have gone so horrifically wrong--taking with it the lives of their sons and daughters, husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, and brothers and sisters. As these survivors look back, we learn what led them to join the Peoples Temple movement, what life in the church was like, and how the trauma of Jonestown's end still affects their lives decades later.What emerges are portrayals both haunting and hopeful--of unimaginable sadness, guilt, and shame but also resilience and redemption. Weaving her own artistic journey of discovery throughout the book in a compelling historical context, Fondakowski delivers, with both empathy and clarity, one of the most gripping, moving, and humanizing accounts of Jonestown ever written.


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    Title
    Stories from Jonestown
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Leigh Fondakowski
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 312
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 635 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780816678082
    ISBN 10: 0816678081
    Classifications

    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBB
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T18.3
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP028
    Ingram Theme: RELI/CHRIST
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: BTP
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15590
    B&T General Subject: 430
    BIC subject category V2: HRCZ
    Ingram Subject Code: RY
    Libri: I-RY
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/21CNTY
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 91
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS033000
    BIC subject category V2: 1KBB
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 85
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS036070, REL033000
    DC22: 988.103/2, 988.1032
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    LC classification: BP605.P46 F66 2013
    DC23: 988.1032
    Publisher
    University of Minnesota Press
    Imprint name
    University of Minnesota Press
    Publication date
    01 February 2013
    Publication City/Country
    Minnesota
    Author Information
    Leigh Fondakowski was the head writer of "The Laramie Project" and has been a member of the Tectonic Theatre Project since 1995. She is an Emmy-nominated coscreenwriter for the adaptation of "The Laramie Project" for HBO, and a cowriter of "The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later." Her play, "The People's Temple," created from the survivors' interviews, has been performed under her direction at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, American Theatre Company, and the Guthrie Theatre.