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By Linda Egenes

Who are the “plain people,” the lads and ladies who until their fields with horse and plow, trip via horse and buggy, reside with out electrical energy and phones, and perform “help thy neighbor” in lifestyle? Linda Egenes visited together with her previous Order Amish pals in southeast Iowa for 13 years ahead of scripting this informative and companionable advent to their lifeways.

Drawn to their slower velocity of existence and their resistance to the lures of a client society, Egenes stumbled on a hot welcome one of the Amish, and in go back she has given us an both hot point of view on Amish kinfolk lifestyles as she skilled it. The Amish worth concord in relatives lifestyles specially, and Egenes chanced on an abundance of concord as she savored selfmade ice cream in a kitchen the place the fridge ran on kerosene, discovered to exploit a two-bucket cow, helped cook for 9 in a summer season kitchen, spent the day in a one-room schoolhouse, and sang “The Hymn of compliment” in its unique German at Sunday service.

Whether quilting at a weekly stitching circle above the Stringtown Grocery, enjoying Dutch Blitz and Dare Base with schoolchildren, studying the intricacies of harness making, or mulching strawberries in a big backyard, Egenes was once taken care of with the kindness, appreciate, and dignity that exemplify the powerful group ties of the Amish. Her attractive account of her visits with the Amish, fantastically illustrated with woodcuts via Caldecott Medal winner Mary Azarian, finds the serene and peaceable methods of a simple humans whose lives are whatever yet plain.

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