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Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home
Mennonite in a Little Black Dress A Memoir of Going Home
Author: Rhoda Janzen
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 quir...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780805092257
ISBN-10: 0805092250
Publication Date: 5/25/2010
Pages: 272
Rating:
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.
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3.2 stars, based on 352 ratings
Publisher: Holt Paperbacks
Book Type: Paperback
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verbeach avatar reviewed Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home on + 20 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 23
I had a hard time deciding how many stars to give this book, because on one hand, it started out on a great note. It was so hilarious I was laughing out loud! About halfway through, however, the theme of the book takes a turn from funny to offensive (for me.) The author spends most of the latter half of the book talking about how religious people are all brainwashed sheep and how offensive they are to her, all except her family, I suppose. If she had kept going like she started the book, I would have given it 5 stars. But being a brainwashed sheep myself, I wouldn't have bought the book if I had known what was in store.
Gr8Smokies avatar reviewed Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home on + 98 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 13
Rhoda Janzen, raised as a Mennonite, left the culture in her adulthood and lived among the regular folks. She had a pretty normal and happy life until a set of health mishaps--and her husband leaving her for a man he met on Gay.com.

The book is about her reconnecting to her family and recovering pieces of herself that she allowed to be swallowed up by an unhappy marriage. Weirdly, she does not really admit to the true character of her husband until pages and pages into the book. Then you discover that the whole dissolving of her marriage should not have come as any surprise at all.

For me, I never really connected with Rhoda or with her family and friends. There was just something missing. I'm not sure that I can put my finger on what it was, but I think it was just a lack of depth in the telling of who they were. I enjoyed reading about her mother and her sister and brother-in-law, but some of the other people were just not interesting.

I found the middle of the book to be entertaining, but my interest was not sustained through the end. I did learn about Mennonite culture (no, they are not the same as the Amish!). And if I never hear the phrase "Bob from Gay.com", I will be most delighted.
thameslink avatar reviewed Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home on + 721 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 7
I had low expectations for this book so I was surprised to find that I chuckled my way through it, enjoying both the laughs and the perception that the author displayed in this memoir. It might not hit the right note with every reader, but it did with this one. Quick, enjoyable read!
reviewed Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home on + 2 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
I bought this book in an airport and laughed out loud on the plane. It was a fun and quick read. I love the author's voice and her outlook on life and love.

Highly recommend.
anncj avatar reviewed Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home on + 4 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
Boring... not everyone should write a memoir
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Sandiinmississippi avatar reviewed Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home on + 260 more book reviews
This book didn't hold my interest throughout though there were amusing incidents and turns of phrase. I guess most telling is that it didn't make me want to explore poetry or more books by the same author. Rhoda has a marriage where her husband leaves her to be with another male, a surgical complication, and a car accident so she comes home to her Mennonite mom and dad. What, at first, appears to be a snooty, surface-sophisticated wonderment at Mennonite beliefs and ways, eventually resolves itself and this reader felt she was trying to make small incidents appear large and important in terms of religion and spiritual development. She doesn't spare any peculiarities within her family. By the end of the book I was hoping she'd soon get on her feet and leave these nice people alone. Perhaps her family did too?
reviewed Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home on + 5 more book reviews
A witty, enjoyable read.
hharris avatar reviewed Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home on + 46 more book reviews
This is a guick entertaining read. Nonfiction. Good diction. I should have looked up some words, but couldn't put down to get out the dictionary. Her background gives reasons to her odd adulthood. The family is very fun. Rhoda has a great sense of humor. Learning about the Mennonite history and people is interesting too.


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