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“Wonderfully intelligent and frank. . . . Mennonite in a Little Black Dress is snort-up-your-coffee funny, breezy yet profound, and poetic without trying. . . . [Janzen’s] tone reminds me of Garrison Keillor’s deadpan, affectionate, slightly hyperbolic stories about urbanities and Minnesota Lutherans. . . I loved this book, and Rhoda Janzen. She is a terrific, pithy, beautiful writer, a reliable, sympathetic narrator and a fantastically good sport.”—Kate Christensen, New York Times Book Review
“Hilarious and touching.”—People (four stars)
“Mennonite in a Little Black Dress is a hilarious collection of musings on Janzen’s childhood, marriage, and eccentric family. . . . Janzen mines Mennonite culture for comic effect, but she does so with love.”—Entertainment Weekly
“[A] spirited, fascinating memoir. . . . Janzen’s story reminds us what a beautiful gift our past can be.”—Hannah Sampson, Miami Herald
“Hysterical. . . . In the tradition of David Sedaris, it’s [Janzen’s] family who is the source of the book’s biggest laughs, and its heart.”—Marisa Meltzer, The Daily Beast
“Rhoda’s life may not sound amusing at first: She’s a poet/professor whose husband just left her for Bob, whom he met on Gay.com. But what happens after she heads home to her Mennonite parents is beyond funny. Her wry, affectionate depictions of her frugal dad, sweet but slightly scatological mom and a youth in which jeans and dancing were off limits make for an honest and entertaining memoir.”—Family Circle
“Compelling . . . Janzen explores her past and her present with honesty and self-deprecation and the result is both hilarious and touching . . . [A] lively chronicle of the patience and strong sense of humor one needs to go home again.”—Booklist
“Readers will find themselves laughing out loud at Janzen’s wry commentary. . . . The playful humor is balanced, however, with genuine thoughtfulness, especially as Janzen reconnects with childhood companions and reflects on how different her own life might have been, had she chosen to remain in the Mennonite community instead of embracing an intellectual life. Mennonite in a Little Black Dress will resonate with any reader who has ever thought about how such choices shape our futures, or with anyone who has struggled to recapture faith—in God, in other people or in oneself.”—Norah Piehl, Bookpage
“Janzen excavates her past with the might of a backhoe and the finesse of an archaeologist’s brush. . . . The author’s relatives feature prominently throughout the narrative, her mother’s quirky sensibilities bubbling over in merry nuggets of old-fashioned, home-spun wisdom. . . . A buoyant, somewhat mordant ramble through triumphs, upheavals and utter normalcy.”—Kirkus Reviews
The writing style seems forced, and the use of the author's Mennonite upbringing feels like a hook, to sell books.
If you are going to read this book, either get it on Kindle so you can look up words, or keep a dictionary handy (too much of a hassle for me).
Anyway, the description of Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home by Rhoda Janzen I found intriguing.
I enjoyed this book. We passed it around our office and all enjoyed the humor. Sounds like some reviewers either have chips on their shoulders, issues with successful women in... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Susan
I paid $3.99 for the audio version of this book and by the 2nd cd I realized I had over paid for it and why it was being sold at a bargain discount store! Read morePublished 14 days ago by S. McGow
I chose this rating because this book made me examine my Catholic upbringing and my own family traditions. Read morePublished 18 days ago by C H
I didn't enjoy this book very much. There were some truly witty parts, but most of the humour was borderline cynical. Read morePublished 20 days ago by HollyR
LOVED this book so much I purchased this additional copy to gift to a friend. She loved it too. Her quote was...."laughed my ass off"... wondering if you can print that.Published 1 month ago by Angelique Angelique
Worse book I ever read. We had much more interest in discussing it than in reading it.Published 1 month ago by Nancy M Boyer
This is a good one...........I bought it for 2 friends. Very EnjoyablePublished 2 months ago by barbara myers gaston
I had no idea what to expect of this book, but it is hilarious! I had been needing a break from some heavier reading, and this was just the ticket. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Debbie Wilson
Did not like it at all--and I wasn't the only one in my book club. Felt the main character didn't show respect of her mother.Published 2 months ago by Lu