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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (182 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Saloma Miller Furlong Narrator: Lois Johnson Publisher: University Press Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2012 ISBN:
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There are two ways to leave the Amish - one is through life and the other through death.

When Saloma Miller Furlong's father dies during her first semester at Smith College, she returns to the Amish community she had left twenty four years earlier to attend his funeral. Her journey home prompts a flood of memories. Now a mother with grown children of her own, Furlong recalls her painful childhood in a family defined by her father's mental illness, her brother's brutality, her mother's frustration, and the austere traditions of the Amish - traditions Furlong struggled to accept for years before making the difficult decision to leave the community.

In this personal and moving memoir, Furlong traces the genesis of her desire for freedom and education and chronicles her conflicted quest for independence. Eloquently told, Why I Left the Amish is a revealing portrait of life within - and without - this frequently misunderstood community.

The book is published by Michigan State University Press.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa S. | 2/12/2014

    " This one is hard for me to rate. I usually avoid books that involve such abuse because I have a hard time reading it. I would say the first half of the book took me a LOT to get through. It seemed a bit repetitive at parts and I will admit I almost stopped reading it. I'm glad I didn't because after that, it picked up and became more of the book I thought it would be. The second half of the book was really good. I'm glad I got to learn more about the insight of the Amish, despite this - hopefully - not being the "normal" family. I am so happy that Saloma followed her dreams and is living the life she has wanted to live. I wish you the best of luck Saloma and thanks for sharing your story! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet Meissner | 2/1/2014

    " I liked this book better than I thought I would. Not your usual Amish tale. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deb Letourneau | 12/27/2013

    " Loved it! Nice chronicle of an amish girls young life culminating with her education at Smith College. I hope there is more to come from Saloma Miller Furlong; her first 20 or so years are covered in this book woven in with her later life. I would love to read about her journey from her "escape" from the amish to her current life working at Amherst College. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mallory | 12/2/2013

    " Interesting memoir about growing up in an Amish community but not the best written book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Berman | 11/20/2013

    " really enjoyed reading the author's journey and gained insight to the Amish dating rituals. Would like to learn more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kimk | 9/15/2013

    " Miller Furlong is not the most polished writer, but she did provide a portrait of Amish life that showed chinks in the idyllic armor. I was particularly interested in how mental illness was dealt with in her Amish community. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 9/8/2013

    " Reading this book made me feel as trapped as she did in her amish community. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa | 7/26/2013

    " The writing was pretty difficult for me to read at times, especially the choppy dialogue. But overall the book was okay, and I'm glad I finished reading it even though I seriously considered stopping four or five times during the first 100 pages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa Mayhugh | 7/5/2013

    " The writing did not always keep me interested in the book. I did enjoy learning about her struggles leaving her family. She was very courageous. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erienne | 6/13/2013

    " This was interesting--to learn about the Amish way of life, but it was pretty poorly written in parts. And yowza, she sure had some good reasons to leave! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vicky Norton | 5/9/2013

    " She needed an editor. Too much was left unexplained and there were too many tiny details of things like travel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gail | 3/8/2013

    " Interesting to read about the author's decision to give up the Amish way of life. Not particularly well written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 2/18/2013

    " The author's struggle within an abusive and disfunctional family is exasperated by the confines of rigid patriarchal Amish community. While the quality of the writing may keep me from giving this a higher rating, her story is a fascinating read; I recommend it for the story alone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 2/10/2013

    " I attended a local library event where Saloma was talking about her book. Her story is interesting, disturbing and thought-provoking. She is very brave and an intelligent author. Highly recommend. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dawn | 2/7/2013

    " I think the book could have been written a little better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandra Hurlbert | 12/7/2012

    " This book is about growing up in a dysfunctional family. AND they are Amish. Definitely written from perspective of person recovering from abuse. Story is ultimately very uplifting, but is written in a dispassionate style that made it remote at times. "

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