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I Am Hutterite
I Am Hutterite: The Fascinating True Story of a Young Woman's Journey to Reclaim Her Heritage | Mary-Ann Kirkby
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Your mother and father are running away," said a voice piercing the warm air. I froze and turned toward home. To a Hutterite, nothing is more shameful than that word, running away, Weglaufen... In 1969, Ann-Maries parents did the unthinkable. They left a Hutterite colony in Canada with seven children, and little else, to start a new life. Overnight, the family was thrust into a society they did not understand and which knew little of their unique culture. The transition was overwhelming. Desperate to be accepted, ten-year-old Ann-Marie was forced to deny her heritage in order to fit in with her peers. I Am Hutterite chronicles her quest to reinvent herself as she comes to terms with the painful circumstances that led her family to leave community life. Rich with memorable characters and vivid descriptions, this ground-breaking narrative shines a light on intolerance, illuminating the simple truth that beneath every human exterior beats a heart longing for understanding and acceptance. A superb memoir . . . this has the makings of a prairie classic. --AWARD JURY, SASK BOOK AWARDS Honest, strong, clear, direct, it opens the door on what has been for so many of us a completely closed world. --WINNIPEG FREE PRESS
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Mehso-so

2 of 5 stars = It was okay

I‘ve been reading this book on and off for the last six months. Glad I finally finished it.

LauraJ I admire your perseverance! 4mo
suvata @LauraJ LOL I figured it was time to either read it or ditch it. 4mo
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Pickpick

Definitely the best writing of the three Hutterite books - Mary-Ann starts with her grandparents' story, to her parents' romance, to her childhood within a Hutterite colony and the pain of leaving it at age 10. She spent many years visiting several communities and asking questions to clarify pieces of her story, and includes letters and other artifacts that really bring it to life.

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Fascinating look at growing up as part of a community in Canada in the 60s.

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