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From her perch in rural Kalona, Iowa, Swander discovers ...
From her perch in rural Kalona, Iowa, Swander discovers new strength and self-reliance along with a community of hardworking and hospitable neighbors. Raising goats and poultry, participating in barn raisings and auctions, protecting her garden from a plague of grasshoppers, creating a living crèche at Christmastime, all the while laughing at her attempts to wrestle with the pioneer challenges of midwestern winters and summers, she explores what it means to be a lone physical and spiritual homesteader at the end of the twentieth century.
Posted January 16, 2002
If you have had any connection with rural life in the Midwest or know someone from this region, you will enjoy this book. The author uses a simple, yet colorful, almost rhythmic narrative to depict her personal experiences among the Amish. Whether you're interested in an alternative healing approach for environmental allergies or want a better understanding of the pioneer spirit and values of the rural folk of the Midwest, you'll enjoy the historical anecdotes combined with the author's personal experiences.
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Posted March 31, 2009
Mary Swander's personal journey to health in spite of misunderstandings from friends, relatives, and doctors reminds us that we need to take control of our own lives and search for answers no one else can offer. The reader is impressed with her physical and mental stamina in moving back to the land, living among the Amish for sustenance. Her story is absorbing and provacative--told in her unique style of writing. I was sympathetic to her physical and psychological issues and silently cheered for the positive outcome and dogged perseverance. This is a prose piece, but there is poetry in all of Swander's writing.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2009
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