Author Saloma Miller Furlong will read from, discuss and sign her memoir “Why I Left the Amish” Thursday, Aug. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St.

There are two ways to leave the Amish — one is through life and the other through death. When Furlong’s father died during her first semester at Smith College, she returned to the Amish community she had left 24 years earlier to attend his funeral. Her journey home prompted a flood of memories. In this personal and moving memoir, Furlong traces the genesis of her desire for freedom and education and chronicles her conflicted quest for independence. Eloquently told, “Why I Left the Amish” is a revealing portrait of life within, and without, this frequently misunderstood community.

Furlong was born and raised in an Amish community in Ohio, which she left in her quest for freedom and a formal education. She graduated from Smith College in 2007. Her talk is part of a continuing series of literary, film and cultural offerings sponsored by the library and Friends of the Rockland Public Library. Admission is free. Special accommodations for persons with disabilities can be made with 48 hours notice by calling 594-0310.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to