By Margot Mifflin
Updated July 21, 1995 at 04:00 AM EDT
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First Knight

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If you are looking for an inside view of life among the Amish, you won’t find it in Out of This World: A Woman’s Life Among the Amish. This somewhat deceptively titled memoir describes poet Mary Swander’s bout with an autoimmune disorder that left her intolerable to the toxins of contemporary life. She moved to an Amish community in Iowa to rebuild her immune system by reverting to a simple life and befriended ”a group of people that made me feel part of a family again.” Swander’s deep love of the Amish propels this beautifully written narrative — and hobbles it: Her romanticization of their every custom eventually wears thin, and although she’s a keen observer, she never truly penetrates their culture. Still, much of Out of This World flies on the strength of Swander’s perceptions as a naturalist and on the drama of her challenges as a suvivor of a truly otherworldly disease. B+

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First Knight

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