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Mennonite in a Little Black Dress

A Memoir of Going Home

Rhoda Janzen

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Description

A hilarious and moving memoir--in the spirit of Anne Lamott and Nora Ephron--about a woman who returns home to her close-knit Mennonite family after a personal crisis

Not long after Rhoda Janzen turned forty, her world turned upside down. It was bad enough that her brilliant husband of fifteen years left her for Bob, a guy he met on Gay.com, but that same week a car accident left her with serious injuries. What was a gal to do? Rhoda packed her bags and went home. This wasn't just any home, though. This was a Mennonite home. While Rhoda had long ventured out on her own spiritual path, the conservative community welcomed her back with open arms and offbeat advice. (Rhoda's good-natured mother suggested she date her first cousin--he owned a tractor, see.) It is in this safe place that Rhoda can come to terms with her failed marriage; her desire, as a young woman, to leave her sheltered world behind; and the choices that both freed and entrapped her.

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.

Publishers Weekly Review

Jul 13, 2009 – At first, the worst week of Janzen's life—she gets into a debilitating car wreck right after her husband leaves her for a guy he met on the Internet and saddles her with a mortgage she can't afford—seems to come out of nowhere, but the disaster's long buildup becomes clearer as she opens herself up. Her 15-year relationship with Nick had always been punctuated by manic outbursts and verbally abusive behavior, so recognizing her co-dependent role in their marriage becomes an important part of Janzen's recovery (even as she tweaks the 12 steps just a bit). The healing is further assisted by her decision to move back in with her Mennonite parents, prompting her to look at her childhood religion with fresh, twinkling eyes. (She provides an appendix for those unfamiliar with Mennonite culture, as well as a list of “shame-based foods” from hot potato salad to borscht.) Janzen is always ready to gently turn the humor back on herself, though, and women will immediately warm to the self-deprecating honesty with which she describes the efforts of friends and family to help her re-establish her emotional well-being.

Customer Reviews

I laughed, I cried

It doesn't often that I laugh aloud when reading, but with Ms. Janzen's book it happened. Repeatedly. For anyone who's ever felt out of step with the world of their childhood, or longed to "go home" even for a little while, or both, this memoir is a delight.
Cannot wait to discuss this with my book club: it's our October selection.

Mennonite in a Little Black Dress

I loved the casual, humorous writing style and appreciate the inside perspective of a religion I knew little about. The first half of the book really kept my attention and I found myself laughing out loud quite often! The last half felt a bit rushed and I was left wanting ... I realize the story is still playing out in Rhoda's real life, so I am more 'ok' with this than I would be with a novel. However I wonder if the book might have been written a few years too early? All in all, I really enjoyed it and definitely recommend this for some light,entertaining reading. A heart-felt "thanks" goes out to the author for the recipes! I am so happy she wrote them in her mom's voice!

Mennonite in a Little Black Dress
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: Apr 01, 2010
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
  • Seller: Macmillan / Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
  • Print Length: 250 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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