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Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home    by Rhoda Janzen order for
Mennonite in a Little Black Dress
by Rhoda Janzen
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Henry Holt, 2009 (2009)
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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Mennonite in a Little Black Dress is 'A Memoir of Going Home'. Just after Rhoda Janzen turned forty, life took an unexpected turn. Her brilliant husband had a condition of which she had been aware for many of the years of her fifteen year old marriage. He suffered from bipolarism consequently, so did she. Erratic behavior was the norm but when he left her for Bob whom he met on, the world as Rhoda knew it fell apart.

Rhoda decided that what she needed was to go back to her roots to her Mennonite family who welcomed her back with open arms and there received the love and comfort she sorely needed. This delightful book is the result of her journey back in time. Janzen intersperses Mennonite teachings with her own take on these quiet, peace-loving people.

Janzen's sense of humor didn't suffer while she did. Humor abounds on these pages along with what it means to be a Mennonite, including the foods that are so much a part of this secular life. The author posits many questions that she thinks out in print. They made me stop reading and think about what she just said. I sometimes agreed with her and at times disagreed. But she made me think. Mennonite in a Little Black Dress is a delightful little book that should be on your to-read list.

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