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Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home

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ISBN13: 9780805092257
ISBN10: 0805092250
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Not long after Rhoda Janzen turned forty, her world turned upside down. It was bad enough that her husband of fifteen years left her for Bob, a guy he met on Gay.com, but that same week a car accident left her injured. Needing a place to rest and pick up the pieces of her life, Rhoda packed her bags, crossed the country, and returned to her quirky Mennonite family's home, where she was welcomed back with open arms and offbeat advice. (Rhoda's good-natured mother suggested she get over her heartbreak by dating her first cousin — he owned a tractor, see.)

Written with wry humor and huge personality — and tackling faith, love, family, and aging — Mennonite in a Little Black Dress is an immensely moving memoir of healing, certain to touch anyone who has ever had to look homeward in order to move ahead.

Review:

"It is rare that I literally laugh out loud while I'm reading, but Rhoda Janzen's voice — singular, deadpan, sharp-witted and honest — slayed me, with audible results. I have a list already of about fourteen friends who need to read this book. I will insist that they read it. Because simply put, this is the most delightful memoir I've read in ages." Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love

Review:

"This is an intelligent, funny, wonderfully written memoir. Janzen has a gift for following her elegant prose with the perfect snarky aside. If it weren't for the weird Mennonite food, I would like very much to be her friend. Cynthia Kaplan, author of Why I'm Like This and Leave the Building Quickly

Synopsis:

In the spirit of Anne Lamott and Nora Ephron comes Janzen's hilarious and moving memoir about a woman who returns home to her close-knit Mennonite family after a personal crisis.

Synopsis:

"It is rare that I literally laugh out loud while I'm reading, but Janzen's voice—singular, deadpan, sharp-witted and honest—slayed me." —Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love

Not long after Rhoda Janzen turned forty, her world turned upside down. It was bad enough that her husband of fifteen years left her for Bob, a guy he met on Gay.com, but that same week a car accident left her injured. Needing a place to rest and pick up the pieces of her life, Rhoda packed her bags, crossed the country, and returned to her quirky Mennonite family's home, where she was welcomed back with open arms and offbeat advice. (Rhoda's good-natured mother suggested she get over her heartbreak by dating her first cousin—he owned a tractor, see.)

Written with wry humor and huge personality—and tackling faith, love, family, and aging—Mennonite in a Little Black Dress is an immensely moving memoir of healing, certain to touch anyone who has ever had to look homeward in order to move ahead.

About the Author

Rhoda Janzen is the author of Babel's Stair, a collection of poems. Her poems have also appeared in Poetry, The Yale Review, The Gettysburg Review, and The Southern Review. She holds a PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she was the University of California Poet Laureate in 1994 and 1997. She teaches English and creative writing at Hope College in Holland, Michigan.

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cheandme, August 1, 2012 (view all comments by cheandme)
I don't think I would recommend this book to most; it was not quite funny or deep or revealing. There was no sign of personal growth or development in the author and she didn't arrive at any conclusions or epiphany. I certainly would not recommend it to any earnest Mennonites! There is a useful appendix in the back which explains much of the vocabulary and norms and customs and might provide a helpful reference to an outside venturing into any given Mennonite community from Pennsylvania to Paraguay
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cheandme, August 1, 2012 (view all comments by cheandme)
I don't think I would recommend this book to most; it was not quite funny or deep or revealing. There was no sign of personal growth or development in the author and she didn't arrive at any conclusions or epiphany. I certainly would not recommend it to any earnest Mennonites! There is a useful appendix in the back which explains much of the vocabulary and norms and customs and might provide a helpful reference to an outside venturing into any given Mennonite community from Pennsylvania to Paraguay
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mlrutt, January 26, 2011 (view all comments by mlrutt)
Having been raised Mennonite I found this book truly delightful. I read a borrowed copy from my library and now look forward to buying a copy for my own collection.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780805092257
Author:
Janzen, Rhoda
Publisher:
Holt McDougal
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20100431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.02 x 5.28 x 0.715 in

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Product details 272 pages Holt McDougal - English 9780805092257 Reviews:
"Review" by , "It is rare that I literally laugh out loud while I'm reading, but Rhoda Janzen's voice — singular, deadpan, sharp-witted and honest — slayed me, with audible results. I have a list already of about fourteen friends who need to read this book. I will insist that they read it. Because simply put, this is the most delightful memoir I've read in ages."
"Review" by , "This is an intelligent, funny, wonderfully written memoir. Janzen has a gift for following her elegant prose with the perfect snarky aside. If it weren't for the weird Mennonite food, I would like very much to be her friend.
"Synopsis" by , In the spirit of Anne Lamott and Nora Ephron comes Janzen's hilarious and moving memoir about a woman who returns home to her close-knit Mennonite family after a personal crisis.
"Synopsis" by , "It is rare that I literally laugh out loud while I'm reading, but Janzen's voice—singular, deadpan, sharp-witted and honest—slayed me." —Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love

Not long after Rhoda Janzen turned forty, her world turned upside down. It was bad enough that her husband of fifteen years left her for Bob, a guy he met on Gay.com, but that same week a car accident left her injured. Needing a place to rest and pick up the pieces of her life, Rhoda packed her bags, crossed the country, and returned to her quirky Mennonite family's home, where she was welcomed back with open arms and offbeat advice. (Rhoda's good-natured mother suggested she get over her heartbreak by dating her first cousin—he owned a tractor, see.)

Written with wry humor and huge personality—and tackling faith, love, family, and aging—Mennonite in a Little Black Dress is an immensely moving memoir of healing, certain to touch anyone who has ever had to look homeward in order to move ahead.

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