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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"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-Marie's 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

Publisher: Nashville, Tenn. : Thomas Nelson, c2010
Edition: Updated ed.
ISBN: 9780849948107
084994810X
Characteristics: xxiii, 245 p. : ill., geneal. table ; 22 cm

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beaucoo
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.

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Daylight62
May 28, 2014

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

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tamaravh
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!

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BookBear780
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.

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JGOODRICK
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.

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kmbennett
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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