I Am Hutterite

I Am Hutterite

The Fascinating True Story of A Young Woman's Journey to Reclaim Her Heritage

Book - 2010
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From the Publisher: A Fascinating journey into the heart and culture of a reclusive religious community. I Am Hutterite takes readers into the hidden heart of the little-known Hutterite colony in southern Manitoba where author Mary-Ann Kirkby spent her childhood. When she was ten years old her parents packed up their seven children and a handful of possessions and left the security of the colony to start a new life. Overnight they were thrust into a world they didn't understand, a world that did not understand them. Before she left the colony Mary-Ann had never tasted macaroni and cheese or ridden a bike. She had never heard of Walt Disney or rock-and-roll. She was forced to reinvent herself, denying her heritage to fit in with her peers. With great humor, Kirkby describes how she adapted to popular culture; and with raw honesty her family's deep sense of loss for their community. More than a history lesson, I Am Hutterite is a powerful tale of retracing steps and understanding how our beginnings often define us. Controversial and acclaimed by the Hutterite community, Kirkby's book unveils the rich history and traditions of her people, giving us a rare and intimate portrait of an extraordinary way of life.
Publisher: Nashville, Tenn. : Thomas Nelson, c2010.
Edition: Updated ed..
ISBN: 9780849948107
Branch Call Number: B/KIRKBY
Characteristics: xxiii, 245 p. : ill., geneal. table ; 22 cm.


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Oct 31, 2015

I enjoyed the book overall, but feel the synopsis is a bit misleading. The focus seemed to be more on the author's life in the Hutterite colony, not on the transition when her family left. The pace quickened sharply in the last part of the book (reflecting the faster pace of life among the 'English' perhaps). The book ends abruptly as well. Just when things were starting to look up and the author was adjusting well to the outside world, the story is over. The book was fascinating though, well written with honesty.

kkaye76 Mar 28, 2015

Excellent look inside a young Hutterite girl's life, who is forced to leave the colony with her family in the end.
An excellent read.

May 28, 2014

I really enjoyed this book and learning about a culture that I didn't really know anything about.

Jun 17, 2011

This book paints a fascinating picture of a world that many of us never come into contact with. Mary-Ann tells the story with an even hand, both the good and the bad parts of Hurrerite life are given equal weight. A must read for everyone!

Oct 13, 2010

This was a very easy read and very enjoyable. This was an accurate testament to the Hutterite culture and worth the read.

Jun 22, 2010

part history, part autobiography, part novel, I love it. I feel much more educated about the Hutterites and respect their lifestyle more now that I've read the book.

Nov 01, 2009

This book really helped me to understand the Hutterite people and to feel more comfortable with diversity.

blue Jul 28, 2009

Interesting to learn about the Hutterite culture. An interesting read.


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