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In the Library: Articles

Taylor, Barbara. "Yikes," London Review (6/2/05):21-22. Review essay on Toews, A Complicated Kindness.

In the Library: Non-Fiction Books

Allain, Roger. The Community that Failed: An Account of 22 Years in Bruderhof Communes in Europe & South America (San Francisco: Carrier Pigeon, 1992).

Ammon, Richard. Growing Up Amish (NY: Atheneum, 1989).

Arnold, Eberhard. Seeking for the Kingdom of God: Origins of the Bruderhof Communities (Rifton NY: Plough, 1974).

Arnold, Emmy. Torches Together: The Beginning & Early Years of the Bruderhof Communities (Rifton NY: Plough, 1971).

Arnold, Heini & Annemarie Arnold. Living in Community: A Way to True Brotherhood (Rifton NY: Plough, 1983).

Ayers, Esther Royer. Rolling Down Black Stockings: A Passage Out of the Old Order Mennonite Religion (Kent OH: Kent State U., 2005).

Baum, Marcus. Against the Wind: Eberhard Arnold & the Bruderhof (Farmington PA: Plough, 1998).

Beck, Ervin. MennoFolk: Mennonite & Amish Folk Traditions (Scottdale PA: Herald, 2004).

Bender, Sue. Plain & Simple: A Woman's Journey to the Amish (San Francisco: Harper, 1989).

Bial, Raymond. Amish Home (Boston: Houghton & Mifflin, 1993).

Bohlken-Zumpe, Elizabeth. Torches Extinguished: Memories of a Communal Bruderhof Childhood in Paraguay, Europe & the USA (San Francisco: Carrier Pigeon, 1993).

Brednich, Rolf Wilhelm. The Bible & the Plough: The Lives of a Hutterite Minister & a Mennonite Farmer (Ottawa: National Museums of Canada, 1981).

Davis, Martha Moore. Sarah's Seasons: An Amish Diary & Conversation (Iowa City: U. of Iowa, 1997).

Egenes, Linda. Visits with the Amish: Impressions of the Plain Life (Ames: Iowa State U., 2000).

Garrett, Ruth Irene with Rick Farrant. Crossing Over: One Woman's Escape from Amish Life (San Francisco: Harper, 2003).

Gross, Paul S. The Hutterite Way: The Inside Story of the Life, Customs, Religion & Tradition of the Hutterites (Saskatoon, Sask.: Freeman, 1965).

Harroff, Stephen Bowers. The Amish Schools of Indiana: Faith in Education (West Lafayette IN: Purdue U., 2004).

Hege, Lydia & Christophe Wiebe. Les Amish: origines et particularismes, 1693-1993 (Ingersheim:AFHAM, 1996).

Holman, Robert. The Amish Landscape (London: Nick Hern, 1992).

Hostetler, John A. Hutterite Society (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 1974).

__________. Amish Life [1959] (Scottdale PA: Herald, 1983).

__________ (ed.) Amish Roots: A Treasury of History, Wisdom, & Lore (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 1989).

__________. Amish Society [1968] (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 1993).

__________ & Gertrude Enders Huntington. Amish Children: Education in the Family, School, & Community (Belmont CA: Wadsworth/Thompson Learning, 2001).

Janzen, William. Limits on Liberty: The Experience of Mennonite, Hutterite & Doukhobor Communities in Canada (Toronto: U. of Toronto, 1990).

Kasdorf, Julia. Fixing Tradition: Joseph W. Yoder, Amish American (Scottdale PA: Herald, 2003).

Keim, Albert N. (ed.) Compulsory Eduction & the Amish: The Right Not to Be Modern (Boston: Beacon, 1975).

Kline, David. Great Possessions: An Amish Farmer's Journal (San Francisco: North Point, 1990).

__________. Scratching the Woodchuck: Nature on an Amish Farm (Athens: U. of Georgia, 1997).

Kraybill, Donald B. The Riddle of Amish Culture [1989] (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 2001).

__________ & Steven M. Nolt. Amish Enterprise: From Plows to Profits (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 1995).

__________ & Carl F. Bowman. On the Backroad to Heaven: Old Order Hutterites, Mennonites, Amish & Brethren (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 2001).

__________ (ed.) The Amish & the State (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 2003).

Loewen, Harry (ed.) Why I Am a Mennonite (Scottdale PA: Herald, 1988).

Loewen, Royden. Family, Church, & Market: A Mennonite Community in the Old & New Worlds, 1850-1930 (Urbana : U. of Illinois, 1993).

Luthy, David. The Amish in America: Settlements that Failed, 1840-1960 (LaGrange IN: Pathway, 1986).

Meyers, Thomas J. & Steven M. Nolt. An Amish Patchwork: Indiana's Old Orders in the Modern World (Bloomington IN: Quarry, 2005).

McDonald, Mary Ann. Out of the Past: Amish Tradition & Faith (NY: Smithmark, 1996).

Miller, Elmer S. Nurturing Doubt: From Mennonite Missionary to Anthropologist in the Argentine Chaco (Urbana: U. of Illinois, 1995).

Miller, Melissa & Phil M. Shenk. The Path of Most Resistance: Stories of Mennonite Conscientious Objectors Who Did Not Cooperate with the Vietnam War Draft (Scottdale PA: Herald, 1982).

Mow, Merrill. Torches Rekindled: The Bruderhof's Struggle for Renewal (Ulster Park NY: Plough, 1989).

Nolt, Steven M. A History of the Amish (Intercourse PA: Good Books, 1992).

Oved, Yaacov. Distant Brothers: History of the Relationship between the Bruderhof & the Kibbutz (Ramat Efal: Yad Tabenkin, 1993).

__________. The Witness of the Brothers: A History of the Bruderhof (New Brunswick NJ: Transaction, 1996).

Peter, Karl A. The Dynamics of Hutterite Society: An Analytical Approach (Edmonton: U. of Alberta, 1987).

Pratt, Dorothy O. Shipshewana: An Indiana Amish Community (Bloomington IN: Quarry, 2004).

Redekop, Calvin; Stephen C. Ainlay & Robert Siemens. Mennonite Entrepreneurs (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 1995).

Reschly, Steven D. The Amish on the Iowa Prairie, 1840-1910 (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 2000).

Rodgers, Harrell R. Jr. Community Conflict, Public Opinion & the Law: The Amish Dispute in Iowa Colombus OH: C.E. Merrill, 1969).

Rubin, Julius H. The Other Side of Joy: Religious Melancholy among the Bruderhof (NY: Oxford, 2000).

Ryan, John. The Agricultural Economy of Manitoba Hutterite Colonies (Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1977).

Schlabach, Theron F. Peace, Faith, Nation: Mennonites & Amish in 19th-C. America (Scottdale PA: Herald, 1988).

Schmidt, Kimberley D.; Diane Zimmerman Umble & Stephen D. Reschly (eds.) Strangers at Home: Amish & Mennonite Women in History (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 2002).

Stoltzfus, Louise. Traces of Wisdom: Amish Women & the Pursuit of Life's Simple Pleasures (NY: Hyperion, 1998).

__________. Quiet Shouts: Stories of Lancaster Mennonite Women Leaders (Scottdale PA: Herald, 1999).

Swander, Mary. Out of This World: A Woman's Life Among the Amish (NY: Viking, 1995).

Testa, Randy-Michael. After the Fire: The Destruction of the Lancaster County Amish (Hanover NH: U. Press of New England, 1992).

Umble, Diane Zimmeriman. Holding the Line: The Telephone in Old Order Mennonite & Amish Life (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 1996).

Walbert, David. Garden Spot: Lancaster County, the Old Order Amish, & the Selling of Rural America (NY: Oxford, 2002).

Warner, James A. & Donald M. Denlinger. The Gentle People: A Portrait of the Amish (Lancaster PA: Stel-Mar, 1982).

Weaver-Zercher, David. The Amish in the American Imagination (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 2001).

Whitney, Norman J. Experiments in Community: Ephrata, the Amish, the Doukhobors, the Shakers, the Bruderhof, Monteverde (Wallingford PA: Pendle Hill, 1966).

Yoder, Paton. Tradition & Transition: Amish Mennonites & Old Order Amish, 1800-1900 (Scottdale PA: Herald, 1991).

Yoder, Rhonda Lou. Amish Agriculture in Iowa: Indigenous Knowledge for Sustainable Small-Farm Systems (Ames: Iowa State U., 1990).

Zablocki, Benjamin David. The Joyful Community: An Account of the Bruderhof (Baltimore: Penguin, 1971).

In the Library: Fiction

Gaus, Paul L. Blood of the Prodigal: An Ohio Amish Mystery (Athens: Ohio U., 1999).

__________. Broken English: An Ohio Amish Mystery (Athens: Ohio U., 2000).

__________. Clouds Without Rain: An Ohio Amish Mystery (Athens: Ohio U., 2001).

Tiessen, Hildi Froese. Liars & Rascals: Mennonite Short Stories (Waterloo ONT: U. of Waterloo, 1989).

Toews, Miriam. A Complicated Kindness (London: Faber, 2005).

Yoder, Joseph Warren. Rosanna of the Amish (Huntingdon PA, 1940).

In the Library: For Young Readers

In the Library: Poetry

In the Library: Drama

In the Library: Photography

Niemeyer, Lucian. The Old Order Amish: Their Enduring Way of Life (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 1993).

Rice, Charles S. & John B. Shenk. Meet the Amish: A Pictorial Study of the Amish People (New Brunswick NJ: Rutgers, 1947).

CD & Audio

Film & Video

"The Amish: Not to Be Modern" [1988], dir. ?, 57m. From MPI Home Video.

"The Amish" [1993], dir. Rhonda Famian & Jerry Baber, ?m. From Schlessinger Video Productions.

"Devil's Playground" [2002], dir. Lucy Walker, 77m. In video stores. On Amish adolescents' rite of passage prior to confirmation.

"Harvest of Fire" [1996], dir. Arthur Alan Seidelman, 99m. In video stores. "English" woman detective investigates arson case in an Amish community.

"Jacob's Choice"

"A Stoning in Fulham County"

"To Forgive is Divine (Picket Fences episode 85)"


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