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I Am Hutterite: The Fascinating True Story of One Woman's Journey to Reclaim Her Heritage [Paperback]

Mary-Ann Kirkby
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March 1 2010

In 1969, Mary-Ann Kirkby’s parents did the unthinkable. They left a Hutterite colony near Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, 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.

More than 40,000 Hutterites live on 400 colonies throughout the U.S. and Canada’s Prairie provinces. Spiritual cousins to the Mennonites and the Amish, this 500-year-old culture with European roots has been in North America since the late 1800s, yet few outsiders know anything about its customs or traditions.

I Am Hutterite

takes you inside Fairholme Colony, where Kirkby spent the first ten years of her life. Her detailed portrait of Hutterian people opens a window on a closedcommunity and reveals a way of life that seems extraordinary to the outside world.

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"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

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Journalist and award-winning author MARY-ANN KIRKBY covered aboriginal issues for CTV and served as media relations consultant for the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations. She has won Can-Pro Awards for political reporting and for hosting a children's program. Kirkby lives in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan with her husband and son.

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Unbelievable incite into Colony and segregated life from mainstream society and the emotions felt when a family leaves that lifestyle and works to make it on their own. Wonderful look into not only the good sides of the Colony lifestyle but also the bad. Wonderful, emotional story that made me want to reach out and hug the little girl the Author used to be. A book I couldn`t put down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A terrific read! July 13 2014
By Gramsie
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I loved the in depth look at a culture that seems so 'off the grid', to me. Mary-Ann presented her story in such a way that she brought out the good, the not-so-good and the human side of the Hutterites. If you have ever been curious about the Hutterites and their Colony's this is the book for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 11 2014
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I really enjoyed the book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting July 7 2014
By Norma
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Was a good read, written to be an easy but kept interest . Always interesting to learn how others live and their believes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars but then got better. Could not put it down June 29 2014
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Sarted off a little confusing with the characters, but then got better. Could not put it down.
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3.0 out of 5 stars so so July 31 2014
By Zealot
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The first half of the book was very intriguing to me but I found the last half of the book not as interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars love the story Aug. 4 2014
By jay
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Absolutely great story , loved it . Can relate a lot to it . Can't wait to read the next one
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Book I've Read in a Long Time... May 17 2010
Mary-Ann Kirkby is a wonderful writer. Once I started reading this book, I could not put it down. Reading her memoir is like reminiscing with a close friend. Having grown up in Winnipeg, I often saw the Hutterites in the Sears and Woolco department stores, and wondered about these odd people who looked like they stepped out of the 18th century. My grandparents knew a lot about the Hutterites, given our family's German Baptist heritage. Looking back, it is amusing to think the the Hutterites would have thought of my very strict, religious grandparents as being "English". Mary-Ann's account gave me a pretty good idea of what life was probably like for my great great grandparents in the German farming communites in Poland and Russia. All in all, a wonderful book, probably the best I have ever read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A truly wonderful story
We were talking about books one night and my neighbour handed me I Am Hutterite by Mary-Ann Kirkby and he said, "You must read this." So I did. What a wonderful read this was! Read more
Published 8 months ago by Cathy Olliffe-Webster
4.0 out of 5 stars I Am Hutterite
Good description of life on a colony. Well written. Great book to help you visualize the setting, emotions and daily life of the people.
Published 12 months ago by Jeanette Viola
5.0 out of 5 stars I Am Hutterite: The Fascinating True Story of One Woman's Journey...
Mary-Ann has portrayed the Hutterite culture in a personal way. I was so happy to learn of this book from a Public Health nurse who has in her territory a Hutterite colony close... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Janice Nachtigall
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Ordered this book just before Christmas and it came in the mail shortly and in perfect shape. It was my first order on Amazon and I am now a Amazon shopper.
Published on Jan. 16 2012 by Lane Jane
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting insight into an unknown culture
Like other reviewers I found this to be an absorbing read with fascinating insights into a culture that is not well understood or known by most people. Read more
Published on Jan. 14 2011 by Long Canadian Winter
4.0 out of 5 stars great insight
a great book and a learning experience into another culture.I come away from the book with a better understanding of other ways of life. Fabulous!
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