Out of This World: A Journey of Healing
Out of This World: A Journey of Healing

Out of This World: A Journey of Healing

by Mary Swander

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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 crèche 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

ISBN-13: 9781609380205
Publisher: University of Iowa Press
Publication date: 04/15/2008
Series: Bur Oak Book
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
File size: 326 KB

About the Author

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).


Ames, Iowa

Date of Birth:

November 5, 1950

Place of Birth:

Carroll, Iowa


B.A., Iowa State University, 1973; M.F.A., Iowa Writers' Workshop, 1976

Table of Contents

Contents 1 To Start a Cold Motor 2 To Plant from Branches 3 To Measure a Circular Stack 4 To Breed a Doe

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