By Mary-Ann Kirkby
Long ago, I received a copy of this book to review. And the email accompanying the book has been sitting in my email box ever since as a reminder that I need to write the review.
It is the oldest email in my box.
I really loved this book. In fact, I gave it to someone else long ago, which is the ultimate recommendation I give. (If I don’t like a book, I will not pass it along.)
I Am Hutterite is a memoir (my favorite kind of non-fiction). It’s the true story of the author’s seemingly idyllic life growing up in a Hutterite colony in Canada. (The Hutterites are similar to the Amish in that they are a religious group that live together in community, shunning the outside world.)
When the author was ten, her parents made the decision to leave the colony. As you can imagine, this was a major adjustment to the whole family. The family’s adjustment to life outside the colony is as interesting as the description of life inside the colony.
I admit that I don’t remember all the details now, but I do remember admiring the writing and reading the book with rapt attention. I learned so much–I had never even heard of the Hutterites before–and found the real-life story fascinating.
I’ve long had an interest in the Amish–ever since I had an Amish midwife care for me during my first pregnancy and attend my birth. (I even went to the Amish midwife’s home for prenatal care and ate a meal there.) The Hutterites seem similar to the Amish, so the glimpse into their closed community was amazing.
Anyway, so I liked the book and recommend it. You can purchase it from Amazon for only $8.00 at the moment! I’d loan you my copy but it’s long gone!
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