Tuesday, June 22, 2010

I Am Hutterite Review

I Am Hutterite by Mary-Ann Kirkby
{The fascinating true story of one
woman's journey to reclaim her heritage}

About The Book~
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.
When Mary-Ann leaves Fairholme, she embarks on a mission to reinvent herself. She is put in the awkward position of denying her heritage in order to fit in with her peers. Her book details her painful and often humourous attempts to adapt to popular culture as she comes to terms with the heart-breaking circumstances that led her family to leave community life.
mary-ann-child.pngFew Canadians are aware that the prairie region is home to the largest concentration of Hutterites in the world. Their appearance and cloistered lifestyle have often made them the objects of prejudice and suspicion but beneath the black hats and polka dots lies a spirited and proud community of storytellers, artisans, inventors, teachers, carpenters, and agrarians who have made significant contributions to the North American cultural tapestry and economy.

I Am Hutterite  takes us inside Fairholme Colony where Mary-Ann Kirkby spent the first ten years of her life. Her intimate portrait of Hutterian people opens a window on a closed community and reveals a way of life that seems extraordinary to the outside world.

My Review~

I am Hutterite is a great book,as soon as I started reading it I could not put it down. I have never heard of Hutterites before and it was very interesting to learn all about their cultures. At times I felt that I was there with her as she really gets intense with the story.She made me laugh and cry and a few times.As it was sad to read about the kids that teased her and her family about the way that they talked,dressed and what they ate for lunch.
I liked the way that she not only tells about her but her family as well.As she was very close to her I would recommend this book to all my friends,As I think that it is good for people of all ages to read if you like autobiographies.

I am hoping that Mary-Ann Kirkby will continue to tell her story as I think that another book would be a great read also!

{I received this book through Book Sneeze in exchange for my honest review.}


  1. Thanks for this review!

    Bill ;-)
    Author of "Back to the Homeplace"
    and "13 Ways to Tell Your Ancestor Stories"

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