Growing up Amish

Growing up Amish

[a Memoir]

Large Print - 2011
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Ira Wagler was born in the small Old Order Amish community of Aylmer, Ontario. One fateful, starless night, seventeen-year-old Ira, frustrated by the rules and restrictions of Amish life, got up at 2 a. m., left a note under his pillow, packed his duffel bag and left. Over the course of the next several years, Ira would leave and return home numerous times, torn between the ingrained message that abandoning one's Amish heritage results in eternal damnation and the freedom and possibilities offered by the "English" world.
Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., 2011
Edition: Center Point large print ed
ISBN: 9781611731965
1611731968
Branch Call Number: 289.7 W124a 2011a
Characteristics: 317 p. (large print) ; 23 cm

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AmandaComeau
Sep 11, 2012

I really enjoyed this book. I found I understood his struggle and ached along with him. I didn't know how it would end and I was pleasantly surprised with the ending. Thanks to Ira for sharing his story.

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lisastitch
Jul 09, 2012

OK, but it's really teen angst and breaking away from parents' lifestyle. It's complicated by the Amish background, but it doesn't give much insight into the Amish culture.

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pentmm
May 17, 2012

rather disappointing. I thought this book would provide more insight into the Amish community. Instead it was more of one mans struggle to accept the Amish lifestyle. Of which..hardly any is mentioned!
Redundancy, thy name is Ira Wagler!

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ownedbydoxies
Jan 16, 2012

Never having read very much about Amish life, I'm enjoying this first-person narrative about growing up in the culture.

soblessed59 Dec 28, 2011

Not enough cultural info to be any different than any other teen ANGST story
I thought a memoir by an actual Amish person would be even more enlightening into what it is like to grow up so separated from mainstream society,but with the exception of very few instances such as the mention of the bowl haircuts and the boys barn-door flap in the front of their homemade pants(no zippers allowed),there really wasn't any more here and even less than I have read in other books on the Amish!

Largely disappointing for that reason.

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