Liberating Lomie: Memoir of an Amish Childhood

Liberating Lomie: Memoir of an Amish Childhood

by Saloma Miller Furlong
Liberating Lomie: Memoir of an Amish Childhood

Liberating Lomie: Memoir of an Amish Childhood

by Saloma Miller Furlong



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In this personal and moving memoir, Saloma Miller Furlong (Lomie) traces the genesis of her desire for freedom and education and chronicles her conflicted quest for independence. She recalls her painful childhood in a family defined by her father's mental illness, her brother's brutality, her mother's severe punishments, and the austere traditions of the Amish-traditions she struggled to accept for years before making the difficult decision to leave the community. Eloquently told, Liberating Lomie is a revealing portrait of life within this frequently misunderstood community.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940166607874
Publisher: Memory Pages Press
Publication date: 06/06/2022
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: eBook
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Saloma Miller Furlong was born and raised in an Amish community in northeastern Ohio. With the eighth-grade education of her childhood, she acquired her GED, enrolled in community college courses, and became an Ada Comstock Scholar at Smith College. She studied at the University of Hamburg in Germany for a semester. At fifty, she graduated with a major in German Studies and a minor in Philosophy. Furlong is the author of three books, and her story has been featured in two PBS American Experience films, "The Amish" and "The Amish: Shunned." She is the mother of two grown sons and lives in Virginia with her husband, David.

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Author's Notes 



  1. Early Remembrances
  2. In the Shadows
  3. Mem Buys a Baby and a House
  4. Do-Bees and Don't-Bees
  5. Longing for a Wider World
  6. Smiling into My Future
  7. Angels in Summer Clouds
  8. Why I Couldn't Write Poetry
  9. Joe's Rabbits 
  10. Bushel Head 
  11. Uncle Cristy 
  12. The Burden of Silence
  13. Great-Aunt Mandy's Death
  14. Burning Bonnets
  15. You Don't Need to Be Ashamed 
  16. Circle of Life
  17. The Unbearable Pain of Being
  18. Battle of Wills
  19. Excluded from School
  20. Ponce de day Leon
  21. Unbroken
  22. Dreab Days
  23. Rumspringa
  24. Book of Joe
  25. Baptism by Expectation
  26. The Color of Shame
  27. Wrapping a Plan 
  28. Out of the Woods
  29. Into Daybreak




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