Out of This World: A Journey of Healing

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Penguin Books, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages
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When a severe allergic illness dictates that she grow all her own food, Mary Swander finds herself living in a former one-room schoolhouse in the midst of the largest Amish community west of the Mississippi. In this simple yet profound memoir, she shares her experiences as she explores what it means to be a lone woman homesteader at the end of the 20th century, discovering the quiet spirituality born of a life on the land.

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User Review  - Sue - Goodreads

Non-fiction. Okay. Woman with "environmental" allergies moves into the Amish community. Lives by herself. Read full review

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User Review  - Miriam - Goodreads

I could not get past a few chapters. The author, about whom the book is, not about the Amish, is far too narcissistic and histrionic, reminding me of clients with Munchausen's Syndrome! I grew to ... Read full review



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About the author (1996)

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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