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Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen
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Jul 29, 2010

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I thought I'd love this book, but ended up only liking it. I loved a couple of chapters and found a couple to be like wading through congealed oatmeal. Overall, an "eh, it was OK." I found the author very self-indulgent and show-offy -- yes, my dear, you DO have a big vocabulary -- and humor in the funny parts was very heavy handed. So here's the thing: This brillant woman spent 15 years in a horrible marriage. Why? What on earth about this relationship was rewarding to her? And did she learn anything about herself after she left it? In the end, we wonder. What we're left with is an intellectual who lacked personal insight.

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