Saturday, August 21, 2010

I Am Hutterite *review*

I Am Hutterite
by Mary-Ann Kirkby

Mary-Ann Kirkby revisits a hidden past and weaves it into her ground-breaking memoir “I Am Hutterite: The Fascinating True Story of a Young Woman’s Journey to Reclaim Her Heritage.” This compelling story will keep you glued to every page vicariously reliving the memories of Kirkby as a young child, now a storyteller in her own right as an award-winning author and news reporter. She was awarded the Saskatchewan Book Award for Best Non-Fiction and received notable acclaim in the first edition of “I Am Hutterite,” published for the Canadian audience in 2007. With outstanding reviews and affection from readers who were awed by her courageous story, she has partnered with Thomas Nelson Publishers to bring her book to the United States. Releasing in the U.S. in May 2010, Kirkby’s memoir will resonate with anyone who has ever experienced a desire to fit in. But perhaps those who will enjoy this book best are those eager to peel away their own defenses and embrace the simple truth that beneath every human exterior beats a heart longing for understanding and acceptance.


I found I Am Hutterite to be a well written, interesting read. It is a memoir so there is a lot of details about family members and family history and I found myself wishing it were a bit more story-like sometimes. I really appreciated the look into the world of the Hutterites. Kirkby writes with honesty and I loved that.

Mary Ann Kirkby is a Canadian author and actually lives about an hour from where we used to live so I was very familiar with the places and scenes that she describes in the book. Anyone who has lived in Saskatchewan would find a lot of the book very familiar. I know there were many times when I would wonder about the Hutterites I saw in Wal-Mart when we were shopping and this book answered all my questions.

If you are interested in all with the Hutterite culture than this is a must-read for you.

Thanks so much to Thomas Nelson for sending me a review copy of this book.

1 comment:

fredamans said...

My keen interest lies in it being a piece of Canadian history, and that is something all of us Canadians should take interest in.
Great review.

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