Out of This World: A Journey of Healing

Out of This World: A Journey of Healing

by Mary Swander
     
 

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When a severe allergic illness dictates that she grow all her own food, Mary Swander finds herself living in a former one-room schoolhouse in the midst of the largest Amish community west of the Mississippi. In this simple yet profound memoir, she shares her experiences as she explores what it means to be a lone woman homesteader at the end of the 20th century,

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When a severe allergic illness dictates that she grow all her own food, Mary Swander finds herself living in a former one-room schoolhouse in the midst of the largest Amish community west of the Mississippi. In this simple yet profound memoir, she shares her experiences as she explores what it means to be a lone woman homesteader at the end of the 20th century, discovering the quiet spirituality born of a life on the land.

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This unconventional memoir renders the story of a brave, resourceful woman who turned a crushing medical ailment into an inspirational life. When poet Mary Swander was diagnosed with "environmental illness" (severe allergies to most pollutants), she responded by moving into the heart of a large Amish community in rural Iowa. Out of This World relives her healing passage from bustling modernity to pioneer tranquility.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140241709
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
07/01/1996
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.36(w) x 7.74(h) x 0.54(d)

Meet the Author

Mary Swander is Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University. A regular commentator on Iowa Public Radio, she is the author of, among others, The Desert Pilgrim, Heaven-and-Earth House, Driving the Body Back (Iowa paperback, 1998), and Parsnips in the Snow (with Jane Staw, Iowa, 1990), and editor of The Healing Circle: Authors on Recovery from Illness, Bloom and Blossom, and Land of the Fragile Giants (with Cornelia Mutel, Iowa, 1994).

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Ames, Iowa
Date of Birth:
November 5, 1950
Place of Birth:
Carroll, Iowa
Education:
B.A., Iowa State University, 1973; M.F.A., Iowa Writers' Workshop, 1976
Website:
http://www.maryswander.com

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