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New Meetup: July - Mennonite in the Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home By Rhoda Jan

From: Sue O
Sent on: Friday, May 21, 2010 11:55 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for The Escapist Book Club!

What: July - Mennonite in the Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home By Rhoda Jan

When: Thursday, July 15,[masked]:00 PM

Panera Bread
920 Wolcott Street
Waterbury, CT 06705

From Barnes &

It was not long after she turned 40 that Rhonda Janzen's husband left her for someone he met on and she suffered a car accident that left her with serious injuries. To cope, Rhonda Janzen returned to where she never thought she would: the Mennonite home she left as a young woman.

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.

The New York Times - Kate Christensen
Mennonite in a Little Black Dress is snort-up-your-coffee funny, breezy yet profound, and poetic without trying. In fact, the whole book reads as if Janzen had dictated it to her best non-Menno friend, in her bathrobe, over cups of tea?Her tone reminds me of Garrison Keillor's deadpan, affectionate, slightly hyperbolic stories about urbanites and Minnesota Lutherans, and also of the many Jewish writers who've brought mournful humor to the topics of gefilte fish and their own mothers, as well as to the secular, often urban, often intellectual world they call home now. It's the narrative voice of the person who grew up in an ethnic religious community, escaped it, then looked back with clearsighted objectivity and appreciation.

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