Rosanna's Boys Author:Joseph W. Yoder Originally published in 1948, this memoir provides a sequel to Rosanna of the Amish -- the story of an Irish Catholic orphan girl reared in the 19th Century by a kind Amish woman. It's authored by one of the four sons Rosanna eventually bore to her Amish husband. — Anyone expecting a polished, scholarly study of Amish customs will find this b... more »ook disappointing, because it's not meant to be anything else but a personal memoir. Approached as such, though, it's both informative and enjoyable. Joe Yoder paints a loving portrait of growing up in an Old Order Amish home, of his orthodox brother Yost's wedding, and of his own journey into a less rigid form of his parents' faith. His editor deliberately kept his grammar and spelling intact, which means that it's sometimes not technically correct; but I found preserving the charm and authenticity of his "voice" a good decision.
If you've read and enjoyed Rosanna of the Amish, you shouldn't miss this follow-up. If not, you can certainly enjoy Rosanna's Boys on its own terms if you've a taste for folksy nonfiction.« less