Sweet Heaven When I Die

(W.W. Norton, 2011)

“The book belongs to the tradition of long-form, narrative journalism best exemplified by writers such as Joan Didion, John McPhee, Norman Mailer and Sharlet’s contemporary David Samuels. Sharlet deserves a place alongside such masters, for he has emerged as a master investigative stylist and one of the shrewdest commentators on religion’s underexplored realms.”

–Michael Washburn, Washington Post

“For Sharlet, the story of American religion is not a polarized one of fundamentalists vs. secularists. It’s a vast landscape, and each essay in his remarkable new collection of literary journalism, “Sweet Heaven When I Die: Faith, Faithlessness, and the Country In Between’’, explores a different crag or cranny of it…. taken together, these essays begin to give shape to a multifaceted America that is so much more than east and west, left and right, religious and secular. And there’s no better guide to this ‘country in between.’’’

–Brook Wilensky-Lanford, Boston Globe

“Superb… compelling… stunning… a fine book, by a deeply thoughtful writer.”

–Steve Yarbrough, Oregonian

“In a crowded field, ‘Sweet Heaven’ stands with the few books that aren’t afraid to look at the realities of American religion.”

–Malcolm Harris, The Daily

“Part reporter, part prophet, Jeff Sharlet is an American visionary in      the lineage that runs from Twain to Robinson Jeffers to Sam Shepard and Joan Didion. In Sweet Heaven When I Die, he scours the desert margins of our culture, politics, and religion, training his eye on outlaws, anarchists, fanatics, and saints. In this way, he reveals the unexpected shape of our nation’s center, which is to say, our heart.”

– Peter Trachtenberg, author of 7 Tattoos and The Book of Calamities

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The Family : The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power

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Killing the Buddha: A Heretic’s Bible

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Believer, Beware: First-Person Dispatches from the Margins of Faith

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Boob Jubilee: The Mad Cultural Politics of the New Economy: Salvos from the Baffler

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Submersion Journalism: Reporting in the Radical First Person from Harper’s Magazine

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Includes “Jesus Plus Nothing,” by Jeff Sharlet

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Half/Life: Jew-Ish Tales from Almost, Not Quite, and In-Between

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Includes “You Must Draw a Long Bead to Shoot a Fish,” by Jeff Sharlet

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Everything You Know About God is Wrong: The Disinformation Guide to Religion

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Includes “Broward County,” by Jeff Sharlet (with Peter Manseau)

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Da Capo Best Music Writing 2008: The Year’s Finest Writing on Rock, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Pop, Country and More

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Da Capo Best Music Writing 2004: The Year’s Finest Writing on Rock, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Pop, Country and More

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