Party til the Cows Come Home
Aaron Mesh on an Amish rite of passage
To Be or Not
to Be Amish.
By Tom Shachtman. North Point. 286 pp. $25
If a parent sincerely believes that everyone is bound for either eternal paradise or eternal damnation, what could be worse than a child’s selecting the wrong destination? The threat is doubly harrowing for the Old Order Amish, for whom the separation from a wayward child is as real in...