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Mennonite Daughter: The Story of a Plain Girl

4.86  ·  Rating details ·  7 ratings  ·  6 reviews
What if the Mennonite life young Marian Longenecker chafed against offered the chance for a new beginning? What if her two Lancaster County homes with three generations of family were the perfect launch pad for a brighter future? Readers who long for a simpler life can smell the aroma of saffron-infused potpie in Grandma’s kitchen, hear the strains of four-part a capella m ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published 2019 by Spindletree Books
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Kathleen Pooler
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mennonite Daughter is a heartwarming story of the author’s Mennonite roots, complete with photos, recipes, and sketches done by the author’s graphic artist husband, and told with a fresh, lilting voice. Yet underlying the bucolic picture of the Pennsylvania countryside that she masterfully paints of the characters and traditions that shaped her is her struggle with her father who was physically abusive. Throughout the story, the reader sees the sass and spunk of this eldest child who tends to pu ...more
Katherine Sartori
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
There’s a lot to like about Marian Longnecker Beaman’s memoir about her growing up years in Pennsylvania. As a tourist, I visited the Amish country in Lancaster where Marian lived, but I never learned about the Mennonites who also resided there. Until now.

Though I’m of the same generation as Marian, my growing up years in California in the 1950s & 1960s were quite different and yet I discovered some similarities.

I’ve always taken for granted the freedom I enjoyed as a teen, wearing “poofy”
Laurie Buchanan
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I expected to find kindness in Marian Longenecker Beaman's memoir, MENNONITE DAUGHTER: THE STORY OF A PLAIN GIRL. And I did. The unexpected — abuse — came in gritty remembrances of a young girl's search for identity, one that isn't plain.

In this captivating look at a patriarchal culture, Beaman's writing imbues simple scenes with complex emotional undercurrents that kept me turning the pages right to the satisfying end. I highly recommend this book.
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As I read Marian Longenecker Beaman's memoir, I reflected on my own life. Memories of a trip to Lancaster County, PA, came back as if it was yesterday. Beaman grew up in Lancaster County. I reminisced over so many things that touched me while visiting there. At the time, I wasn't so aware of the Mennonite population as I was of the Amish. I recognized names of towns and surnames from our travels in and around Lancaster.

The author's use of detail in descriptions of people and places brought them
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don't know author Marian Beaman, at least not in person. But I’ve been reading her blog for more than a year, including her posts in which she explores the world she inhabited growing up Mennonite. I got hooked on her life story, and thus was looking forward to her memoir MENNONITE DAUGHTER: The Story of a Plain Girl. This book did not disappoint and even rose above my expectations. I fell into the life of the young Mennonite girl, Marian, as I read about her life of being "plain" while longin ...more
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Over the years, I’ve gotten to know author Marian Beaman through her blog on WordPress. Each week she shares snip-its of her life growing up in the Mennonite community in Pennsylvania. I especially enjoy her Aunt Ruthie’s diary excerpts. As a child, I visited the Amish country in Lancaster, but I didn’t know much about the Mennonites, so her blog has taught me so much. When I learned Marian planned to write a memoir, I anxiously awaited its publication. Marian’s memoir MENNONITE DAUGHTER: The St ...more
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Marian Longenecker Beaman is a former professor at Florida State College in Jacksonville, Florida. Her memoir, Mennonite Daughter: The Story of a Plain Girl, records the charms and challenges of Mennonite girlhood in mid-twentieth century Pennsylvania. The writer’s formative years coincided with the decade before which the Lancaster Conference of the Mennonite Church experienced major change, espe ...more