Memoir is about handing over your life to someone and saying, This is what I went through, this is who I am, and maybe you can learn something from it.~ Jeannette Walls
Memoirs Authored and Signed by Saloma Miller Furlong
Bonnet Strings: An Amish Woman's Ties to Two Worlds
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In this poignant coming-of-age memoir, Saloma’s freedom allows her to thrive in her new life in Vermont. Then late one night, her freedom comes to an abrupt end when members of her Amish community arrive to take her back into the fold. Thus begins a years-long struggle of feeling torn between two worlds.
Bonnet Strings offers a universal story of overcoming adversity and a rare look inside an Amish community. Readers will find a story of competing desires between freedom and belonging.
Bonnet Strings was published by Herald Press in 2014 and is now out of print. To buy a copy, you can order from Saloma by clicking on the button.
Why I Left the Amish was published in 2011 and was Saloma’s first book. Her perspective has changed since then. The summer after she published her second memoir, Bonnet Strings, Saloma began wondering why she had omitted the abuse she’d endured at the hands of her mother (Mem), and realized she was still under the spell of believing that Mem was a martyr and a saint — a view Mem had promoted of herself for as long as Saloma can remember. When the contract with her publisher expired in January 2021, she chose not to renew the contract.
Saloma’s perspective is reflected in a new telling of her childhood stories in her latest memoir, Liberating Lomie.
Why I Left the Amish is now out of print, but you can still buy copies while they last directly from Saloma.
Why I Left the Amish: A Memoir
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