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Mennonite in a Little Black Dress - Community Reviews back

by Rhoda Janzen
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Nutti's muses
Nutti's muses rated it 7 years ago
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 ...
Book.Blog.Bake.
Book.Blog.Bake. rated it 7 years ago
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 ...
Shelly's Book Journal
Shelly's Book Journal rated it 8 years ago
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 ...
Much About Books
Much About Books rated it 8 years ago
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...
Regina's Reads
Regina's Reads rated it 9 years ago
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.
Reflections
Reflections rated it 10 years ago
This is not without some interest and charm but, it's written like the memoir of a stand-up comic. I wasn't looking for jokes about moving back to a Mennonite community--I wanted to know more about the insights, thoughts and feelings of a person whose life straddled two very different worlds.
Infinite Satellite
Infinite Satellite rated it 10 years ago
Honestly, I just read this to give myself a better impression of Mennonite family life than my ex-Mennonite friend left me with from her tales of growing up. I couldn't get all the way through it. It was cute, but very girly and repetitive. I'd recommend it over Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search f...
Lillie Loves to Read
Lillie Loves to Read rated it 10 years ago
DNF (Did Not Finish). I didn't hate it, I just couldn't find a compelling reason to continue reading. I was bored. In fact, I fell asleep twice while trying to read it. There are way too many books out there that I don't want to waste my time. Glad I checked it out of the library. Good luck to futur...
mkunruh
mkunruh rated it 10 years ago
All other reading was ditched, for this. There are a zillion holds on it at the library so it's read it or lose it.
Book Love
Book Love rated it 10 years ago
Really enjoyed this book though it seemed to drag a little towards the end.Enjoyed the author's depiction of her parents; her father's good looks and her mother's 'niceness' and upbeat attitude toward everything. After healing from a hysterectomy, her husband left her for a guy he met on gay.com. ...
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