Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home
In one gestalt-jolting week from hell, Rhoda Janzen lost her spouse of 15 years to a guy he met on Gay.com; barely survived a head-on car crash with a drunk driver; and discovered that her husband's desertion has left her with a sky-high mortgage. Reeling from these changes, she decides to make a... show more
In one gestalt-jolting week from hell, Rhoda Janzen lost her spouse of 15 years to a guy he met on Gay.com; barely survived a head-on car crash with a drunk driver; and discovered that her husband's desertion has left her with a sky-high mortgage. Reeling from these changes, she decides to make a giant sprawl backwards and return home to her long-left-behind Mennonite family. Her adult retreat to this austere religious community may have begun as a desperate measure, but in this memoir it becomes both a surprisingly stabilizing experience and an often-hilarious experiment in mutual understanding. Mennonite in a Little Black Dress manages to amuse you while it warms your heart. Now in paperback.
Publish date: October 13th 2009
Publisher: HighBridge Company
Edition language: English
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I really liked this book. Rhoda's husband leaves her for another man. That same week she gets into a bad car accident. She moves back to California to stay with her parents while she recuperates. She reconnects with her Mennonite roots that she left when she joined the academic world. This book ...
Writing a memoir is walking a fine line. It’s not a biography, so I don’t want to read someone’s entire life story. It’s suppose to be a collection of experiences with a unifying thread. And even though things don’t have to move in logical order, like they might in a novel, that unifying thread and ...
This is the story of Arlington - once a plantation belonging to Robert E. Lee and his wife (the great granddaughter of Martha Washington) and literally stolen by the US government at the onset of the Civil War. As the country struggled with the war dead, one man had a vision to plan a cemetery for ...
This book, like it's author, doesn't know what it wants to be when it grows up.It's definitely laugh-out-loud funny, but the kind of LOL that almost makes you wince -- the humor is snarky, bordering on caustic. And it's turned on everyone in sight - most notably her Mennonite background, her parents...
Memoirs are just not for me. But there are quite a few laugh out loud moments, interesting insights into Mennonite culture, and epiphanies on family dynamics, religious upbringing, and surviving a messy break up of a marriage.