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Author Davis, Martha Moore, 1951-

Title Sarah's seasons : an Amish diary & conversation / by Martha Moore Davis
Published Iowa City : University of Iowa Press, [1997]
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Description 1 online resource (179, 2 unnumbered pages) : illustrations
Series A Bur oak book
Bur oak book.
Summary Sarah Fisher's brief daily notations, recorded on a calendar throughout 1976 and 1977, reveal an ongoing account of her seasonal routine. In many ways the straightforward simplicity of her writing is a reflection of her life near rural Kalona, Iowa, a life filled with what Martha Davis calls look-easy tasks undertaken without the conveniences of electricity, phones, or automobiles. For Sarah, diaries are a record. "A diary can settle a question, a disagreement," she tells Martha. "You look back and see what took place. That's history." Through their conversations, Martha soon discovered she had more in common with Sarah than diary writing. Though Davis lived in mainstream culture, an "English" person as the Amish say, like Sarah she grew up on a farm in rural Iowa during the 1950s and 1960s. Like Martha, Sarah had spent several years as a teacher. In Sarah's Seasons Martha Davis shares their common experiences and common interests - gardening, quilting, and cooking. Alongside Sarah's diary, Martha presents their shared recipes and conversations as well as reflections on her own more modern existence. Because of her friendship with Sarah, the author found a new sense of belonging to and purpose in the mainstream world. In the end, Sarah's diary becomes for Martha a meditation on time and community
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (page 181)
Notes Print version record
Subject Fisher, Sarah -- Diaries.
Amish women -- Iowa -- Kalona Region -- Diaries
Amish -- Iowa -- Kalona Region -- Diaries
Kalona Region (Iowa) -- Social life and customs
Genre/Form Diaries.
Form Electronic book
Author Fisher, Sarah.
ISBN 1587290448
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