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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (810 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary-Ann Kirkby Narrator: Mary-Ann Kirkby Publisher: HarperCollins Christian Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A fascinating journey into the heart and culture of a reclusive religious community, I Am Hutterite takes readers into the hidden heart of the little-known Hutterite colony in southern Manitoba where author Mary-Ann Kirkby spent her childhood. When she was ten years old her parents packed up their seven children and a handful of possessions and left the security of the colony to start a new life. Overnight they were thrust into a world they didn’t understand, a world that did not understand them.

Before she left the colony Mary-Ann had never tasted macaroni and cheese or ridden a bike. She had never heard of Walt Disney or rock-and-roll. She was forced to reinvent herself, denying her heritage to fit in with her peers. With great humor, Kirkby describes how she adapted to popular culture; and with raw honesty her family’s deep sense of loss for their community. More than a history lesson, I Am Hutterite is a powerful tale of retracing steps and understanding how our beginnings often define us.

Controversial and acclaimed by the Hutterite community, Kirkby’s book unveils the rich history and traditions of her people, giving us a rare and intimate portrait of an extraordinary way of life.

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  • “This sweeping prairie memoir, self-published in Canada in 2007, rapidly garnered both commercial and literary applause…As riveting and well-paced as a novel. Kirkby captures the complex cadences of Hutterite life—the bawdy humor and knack for storytelling that stands beside austere ritual, the poverty of personal possession and freedom that exists beside the security of community life—with pitch-perfect writing. She also manages to avoid either vilifying or romanticizing a culture that has been subjected to both. Readers will find themselves hoping that Kirkby follows the popular trend in memoir writing: producing a sequel.”

    Publishers Weekly

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Michelle Slomp | 2/18/2014

    " This is an honest and heartfelt book by someone who hid her background because of prejudices of the "English" and is now reclaiming it. While I didn't like how she ended the book (it seemed a bit choppy), I loved the story. It was honest and pure. I could relate to her being the outsider looking in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Paul Heidebrecht | 2/18/2014

    " Wonderful account of young girl growing up in Hutterite colony in Manitoba--similar to Amish--and the challenges she and her parents and siblings faced when they left the colony and entered mainstream culture. Only disappointment is that she stops her account at the point of finishing high school and doesn't bring to the present. But she honors her Hutterite past as I hope I can for my Mennonite past. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Pat Lampe | 2/13/2014

    " I saw this at the library and had never even heard of the Hutterite religion. Just a few pages into the book right now. I finished the book. It was not particularly well written but it was interesting to learn about these folks. Proves that even the best of organized religion intentions go awry. Just have to leave out the organizers, I guess. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Crystal | 2/3/2014

    " Good book, but seems to just skim the surface of what is really going on in these communities. "

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About the Author

Mary-Ann Kirkby, journalist and award-winning author, 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.