Out of This World

Out of This World : A Journey of Healing

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When a life-threatening allergic illness demanded that she eat only organically grown food, writer and professor Mary Swander built a new life in a former one-room Iowa schoolhouse in the middle of the largest Amish community west of the Mississippi. In this rich and engaging memoir, which follows the course of a farmer's year, she writes from the well-named Fairview School to share the radical transformation of her life.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 creche 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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 126 x 192 x 18mm | 299.37g
  • University of Iowa Press
  • Iowa, United States
  • English
  • North American
  • 1587296373
  • 9781587296376

About Mary Swander

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).
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"Living in an Amish community, tied to the land and the seasons, Swander came to find balance and reawakened to a life of simplicity." - Chicago Tribune "Out of This World flies on the strength of Swander's perceptions as a naturalist and on the drama of her challenges as a survivor of a truly otherworldly disease." - Entertainment Weekly"
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