Item description for AMISH WOMEN: LIVES and STORIES by Louise Stoltzfus...
Overview A collection of personal narratives which reveal the joy, tragedy, pleasure, and pain experienced by Amish women
Written by a woman who grew up in an Amish community, this book tells the stories of Amish womanhood. Gathered through a series of interviews and conversations with Amish women, many of whom the author knew for most of her life. Written by a woman who grew up in an Old Order Amish community and church, Amish Women: Lives and Stories offers a gentle, lyrical inside view of Amish womanhood. How are Amish women unique? How are they typical? How do they find expression in a place that values community togetherness above all else? This generous and heartwarming memoir explores these questions to discover what it means to be a woman and to be Amish. Meet Naomi whose favorite author is C.S. Lewis. Rebecca who is single and has a career. Susie who is an artist. And Esther who has lost two children and spends much of her time reaching out to other members of her community who have suffered loss. Louise Stoltzfus gathered her stories through a series of interviews and conversations with Amish women, many of whom she has known most of her life. Little has been written about Amish women. How are they regarded within their highly structured community? How whole are they as individuals? This insightful, gently probing, yet always respectful text opens a door to this nearly hidden world. Profiles 10 Amish women; written by a woman reared in an Amish family.
Citations And Professional Reviews AMISH WOMEN: LIVES and STORIES by Louise Stoltzfus has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Publishers Weekly - 03/02/1998
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Studio: Good Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.54" Width: 5.57" Height: 0.36" Weight: 0.3 lbs.
Release Date Dec 1, 2007
Publisher Good Books
ISBN 1561482285 ISBN13 9781561482283
Availability 0 units.
More About Louise Stoltzfus
Louise Stoltzfus is a native of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. She was born and raised in an Old Order Amish family. Stoltzfus is an editor for Good Books. She is co-author of three cookbooks and the author of Favorite Recipes from Quilters. She recently completed a project related to Amish folk artists and has written the book, Two Amish Folk Artists: The Story of Henry Lapp and Barbara Ebersol. Stoltzfus is director of The People's Place Gallery, Intercourse, Pennsylvania. She lives in the city of Lancaster, ten miles from her ancestral home.
Louise Stoltzfus currently resides in Intercourse, in the state of Pennsylvania. Louise Stoltzfus was born in 1952.
Reviews - What do customers think about AMISH WOMEN: LIVES and STORIES?
What a disappointment! Feb 4, 2008
I was very disappointed with this book. It was thin, double spaced and was NOT what I considered stories at all. At best it was comments and they sure did not go into detail. I regret that I spent money on this misleading book!!!! If I could give it less than one star I would.
Unclear audience, but good read. Oct 31, 2007
As I read Amish Women, I felt unsure about what audience Stoltzfus had in mind while writing. The back of the book describes the text in academic language, but the content of the book is not academic. Stoltzfus often writes in fragments, but this lends a story-telling quality to the text. I wonder if Stoltzfus intended this book to be read to children? Either way, this look at the Amish is, unlike many books about the Amish, written not to exploit or exoticize the culture but to honor it.
EllieandBoo Sep 30, 2006
While this is a "slim" book, 122 pages, that should not keep you from reading it. You really can come to understand the way Amish women think and feel...and also come to understand that not all Amish women are as happy and content with their lives as so many other books paint them to be. They do not all fit the same mold! Naomi loves reading C.S. Lewis. Rebecca is single and has a career. Susie is an artist. Esther who had lost two of her children now spends much of her time reaching out to other members of her community who have suffered loss. This book teaches you that Amish women are not always standing behind a stove or giving birth. These are real women who find ways to nurture their own creativity while still doing all of their chores and raising their large families. A great read. This is a book I will keep on my book shelf.
Good Book Jun 18, 2001
I enjoyed this book. The stories were wonderful, and warmed my heart. It spoke of the good, and a little of the bad in being an Amish women and raising an Amish family. Although, I can only guess that it seemed a fair depiction, I am not Amish, so I cant say for sure. :o)) It seemed to be written on an easy level, so an adult could breeze through this book quickly. I have read better books on Amish Life, but this one is decent. And the stories will leave you with a good feeling.
disappointing read; Good Books has better books available Oct 30, 2000
I found this book to be a disappointing read. The writing was simple and lacking descriptions that had depth. Half way through I just put the book down, which wasn't terrible far along, because there was a lot of dead white space between the large font type. I couldn't help but think this book was written by someone cashing in on their Amish ancestors, that they, in this case Louise Stoltzfus, doesn't understand. Good Books has some outstanding books available, I am not sure why they bothered to publish this one.