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New York Amish: Life in the Plain Communities of the Empire State Hardcover – April 15, 2010
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"This is a fascinating and much-needed book on the New York Amish. New York is the 'go-to' state for the Amish today, and Johnson-Weiner's book could not have been better timed for publication."―Pennsylvania History
"New York Amish traverses between the history of the Anabaptists in the sixteenth century and anthropological work among contemporary Amish communities. Karen M. Johnson-Weiner makes a notable contribution by bringing Amish history into the larger religious narrative of New York. Throughout, she allows the reader to appreciate the variation and complexity of these communities in a respectful way."―Philip P. Arnold, Syracuse University, coeditor of Sacred Landscapes and Cultural Politics: Planting a Tree
"Karen M. Johnson-Weiner writes fluidly, with a great eye for detail. This book gives ample evidence of the time she spent in intimate relationship with the New York Amish, her love for them, and her desire to present these people to others."―James Hurd, Bethel University, author of Horse-and-Buggy Mennonites
"For those who know much about the Amish, and for those who know little, this book is a treasure. By introducing readers to the Amish communities of New York state, Karen Johnson-Weiner opens new vistas of Amish scholarship and underscores the diversity of Amish life in fresh and compelling ways. Her esteem for her Amish subjects is apparent, though it never detracts from her clear-sighted analysis."―David Weaver-Zercher, Messiah College, author of The Amish in the American Imagination
"This groundbreaking work provides an excellent overview of the Amish communities in the Empire State. It is a must-read for anyone interested in this distinctive religious group."―Donald B. Kraybill, Elizabethtown College, author of The Riddle of Amish Culture
"New York Amish is a fascinating and intriguing look at Amish life in the state that now has the fastest-growing Amish population in the country. We meet farm women and businessmen and schoolteachers. We discover how their communities coalesce and why some settlements fail. We learn what distinguishes various Amish groups from one another and what holds them all together. Clear and thorough, this is a book that will interest scholars as well as any New Yorker who wants to learn more about their growing number of plain neighbors."―Steven M. Nolt, Goshen College, author of Plain Diversity
Top Customer Reviews
- It is understandable.
- Not too badly written.
- Gives an insight into the NY Amish not available elsewhere, especially their diversity.
- Reads like a thesis converted into a book: factual, but uninspiring.
- Written as a long list, handling much the same material for each community.
- No mention of items that have appeared in the news like spousal abuse.
- Not enough viewpoints or interviews with individual Amish, and as a result the book is informational, but does give us a overview of Amish life.
Overall a good book, but a bit of a plod.
Johnson-Weiner answers all those questions I had a child and an adult. Well done.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great book that illustrates the Amish community of Northern New York.Published 8 months ago by River Girl
A great book about the Amish living in New York It explains why the Amish are leaving PA and Ohio and coming to upperstate New York. Mainly Land at a good price.Published 11 months ago by David D. Randlett
Nice addition to my collection of books about the Amish
I was interested in learning more about the different sects, very interesting to find out that they all have different lawsPublished on August 19, 2013 by Gary L. Moore