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

by Mary-Ann Kirkby

March 1, 2010 | Trade Paperback

I Am Hutterite: The Fascinating True Story of One Woman's Journey to Reclaim Her Heritage is rated 4.5385 out of 5 by 13.

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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 208 pages, 8.4 × 5.4 × 0.5 in

Published: March 1, 2010

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0978340515

ISBN - 13: 9780978340513

Found in: Social Science

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from So interesting! I loved this book! It was so engaging and interesting that I could not put it down. What a fantastic childhood to have, living in the colony. Such a deep, historical and educational book, it should be on reading lists at school. So many complex levels of story telling. If the author's family is half as good as telling stories as she is, I would love to just sit a listen to them all day! If you are thinking of picking this up - do it! You will not be disappointed!
Date published: 2013-10-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good choice I picked this book for my choice at book club because I enjoy non-fiction and also felt we could all learn a little about people in our community that we may not know well. I really enjoyed this book. It is not a fast paced, exciting book which is to be expected but it is engaging and well written. It is a quick relatively read and the stories shared are interesting. This book gives you some historical information about Hutterites and a look into the lives lived on a Hutterite community; including the struggles and frustrations of living this type of lifestyle but also the love and enjoyment of such a tight knit community. I loved the way the author tried to educate along the way as she tells her very personal story; her family's struggles and triumphs. I'd recommend you drop this in your cart and I hope you enjoy :-)
Date published: 2013-03-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Insightful I had seen the book during many trips to Indigo, when one day my sister in law and I had seen a Hutterite family out shopping. We both realized we knew very little of their culture, besides visiting a colony back in elementary school. We only saw where they lived but did not get that much background information. I remembered the book and ran out to buy it hoping to get some more insight into their lives. This book painted a great picture into the Mary-Ann's life growing up. I've reccomended it to my sister in law and have my mom and mother in law interested in it as well. I enjoyed it.
Date published: 2010-01-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A hidden gem I heard about this book whilst browsing the stacks in a Chapters/Indigo store. A British visitor asked my friend and me if we'd heard about "that book written by the Hutterite lady". She'd read a review in a Toronto newspaper, it seems, but had forgotten the title and author. I was intrigued and did a little research. Once I found the right title, I ordered the book online (along with a couple of others). This book is an insightful, fresh portrait of life in the Canadian Hutterite colonies during the sixties and seventies. Written from a young girl's perspective, it is vivid and descriptive, alternately both innocent and deep. It evokes the wide-eyed enthusiasm of childhood and long-lost summers, and clearly describes the fears and anxieties of discovering that one is "different". I found that it was difficult to put the book down for any length of time, as each chapter gave more and more detail about a lifestyle not familiar to most of us. The book flowed effortlessly and was a joy to read. My only criticism is that it seemed to end rather abruptly - almost as if the prospective publisher told the author to "wrap it up" for fear of the book being too lengthy? I would have liked to learn more about Kirkby's life after her teen years, and felt somewhat dissatisfied with the handful of sentences that summed up her later experiences. I would recommend this book to both men and women, but I suspect that women will feel a stronger resonant chord with Mary-ann Kirkby's experiences.
Date published: 2009-10-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An OK Read I bought this book because around where I live there are a few Hutterite Colonies and I figured that this book would be an interesting look into there lives. Well I was partially right, I didn't really learn anything new but it was an OK read none the less. It was a little dull at points and the first part was hard to get into, but overall not bad.
Date published: 2009-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful & very interesting I grew up near Hutterites so I knew some about their lifestyle. However I never knew of there stuggle when they left the colony. Pleople would just stop talking about them. Almost like they were dead. The decision to leave the colony must have been very difficult, in fact I know it is. People who had left the colony often came to our farm and basically beg for food. I am hutterite shows us just how hard it is in the "the English World" for those who had left the colony. I sometimes wonder if they did the right thing. But this is book worth reading to see how they managed getting food, housing, clothing, even how they managed at an English School. Once read you will have a diferent outlook on Hutterite colonies and their people and their way of life,
Date published: 2009-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book I've read so far this year! I am only beginning the forth chapter, and I am very impressed with everything about it! The story is true, which is very important to me in itself, and the writing style is simple and plain like the Hutterite people themselves, yet it is filled with splashes of brilliant descriptive phrases. My mother and her ancestors were Mennonite, so I feel a special kinship on every page I read. I just missed Mary-Ann's appearance at the North Battleford library by half an hour, which was a big disappointment.
Date published: 2008-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous I myself lived in as a Hutteritte till i was 18 and want to say that Mary Ann painted the pictures perfectly. i felt I was right back there, from the baking, cooking, atmosphere and surroundings. Great writer. Can't wait to see what comes next. Thank you for letting us all enjoy through your words.
Date published: 2008-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best! I'm proud to say that Mary Ann is a friend of mine. Knowing her and having read her book I can say with all honesty the book absolutely captures her voice! I've been reading reviews of her book today and agree she needs to write a second book! I promise all of you that I am on a mission and hopefully one day you will read the rest of her story.
Date published: 2008-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I am Hutterite A very well written book. Makes you feel like you are right there. You laugh and cry when you read this book.
Date published: 2008-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "Great Read" I thought that this book was great. The author gave such vivid descriptions that you could almost picture yourself there. I would recommend this book.
Date published: 2008-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Marvelous! Our book club chose this book and we all loved it! I had to purchase a 2nd copy due to all the friends asking to read it following our discussion. Mary Ann is such a fluid and inviting writer, I was pulled along throughout the book, wanting more and wishing the book was longer. A joy to read and discuss. We have all had our eyes opened to the fascinating culture of the Hutterite colony inhabitants.
Date published: 2008-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book I have read in years. I Am Hutterite is such an excellent book. I was wishing the book would never end, and was wishing she would have written more and even another book. You will have more respect for the Hutterite's after reading this book.
Date published: 2008-02-12

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

by Mary-Ann Kirkby

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 208 pages, 8.4 × 5.4 × 0.5 in

Published: March 1, 2010

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0978340515

ISBN - 13: 9780978340513

From the Publisher

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.

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.