I Am Hutterite by Mary-Ann Kirkby is a memoir of the author's life in a Hutterite colony in Canada and her family's departure from that life when she was a child.
Hutterites are a religious group, European in origin, that settled in the Midwestern United States and Canada. Like the Amish and Mennonites, they believe in living a simple life and avoiding "English" ways. They also live like the New Testament church with everything in common. Members do not own property. All income is made through the colony and funneled through the colony. A colony's head preacher is also the CEO of the colony in charge of business and finance decisions.
Mary-Ann Kirkby, born Ann Marie Dornn was the child of a Hutterite family. This book was the story of her early life in the Hutterite colony, the transition of her family when they left the colony right before her tenth birthday, and her journey as an adult to trace her roots and come to terms with the twists and turns her life had taken. Mary-Ann remembers fondly the simple life she lived in the colony surrounded by family and loved ones. She recalls how hard the transition to the English world was when her father made the decision to leave due to issues with the colony leadership. As an adult, she became a reporter and used her talents to trace her family's Hutterite history and write this book.
The book is a memoir-one of my favorite genres to read. It is so well-written, it reads like a good novel. I was not at all aware of the Hutterites, and it was very interesting to learn of their history and culture in Mary-Ann Kirkby's story.
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