Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home
"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, LoveNot long after Rhoda Janzen turned forty, her world turned upside down. It was bad enough that her husband of... show more
"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, LoveNot 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.
Publish date: April 13th 2010
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Pages no: 241
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.