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Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen
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May 09, 2012

it was ok
Read from May 09 to 13, 2012

This is one of those memoirs that came from the "Everyone has a story to tell" memoir fad. I love memoirs. I don't love memoirs that seem to be the author writing to see the words in print (sort of like people who talk to hear their own voices). Janzen has a talent for storytelling, but I didn't see much value in the story itself. Maybe I'm too far removed from the situation to appreciate the story.

The writing was fun and the book is an easy read. I hoped for something a little more. I understood the anger about her husband leaving her for a man and his bipolar issues, but I didn't feel any emotional healing. It's almost as if Janzen was afraid to tell her own story and relied on her family's quirks to get her through the book.
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