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mennonite in a little black dress


									 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                      For More Information Contact:
                                                                            Melanie DeNardo, 646-307-5239

                                    NOW AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK
   etc.                                  On sale: April 20, 2010

                          “The most delightful memoir I’ve read in ages.”
                           —Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love


         in a
         black dress

“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, The New York Times Book Review

                                   “Hilarious and touching.”—People (four stars)

“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

 “[Janzen’s] wry, affectionate depictions of her frugal dad, sweet but slightly scatological mom and youth in which
                  jeans and dancing were off limits make for an honest and entertaining memoir.”
                                                   —Family Circle

        “[A] spirited, fascinating memoir…Janzen’s story reminds us what a beautiful gift our past can be”
                                             —The Miami Herald
What would you do if, in your early forties, a surgeon’s error resulted in your carrying around a
pee bag in an aqua patent-leather tote? If your husband of fifteen years ditched you for a guy
named Bob whom he met on And if that same week you had a serious car wreck,
which left you barely able to scoot around a house you could no longer afford? You would
naturally do what any liberated career woman would do—you’d go home to the bosom of your
Mennonite family. This is Rhoda Janzen’s life, and it’s the story she tells in her brilliant, laugh-
out-loud hilarious, and very moving memoir, MENNONITE IN A LITTLE BLACK DRESS:
A Memoir of Going Home (Holt Paperbacks; On sale: April 20, 2010).

Rhoda wasn’t just raised a Mennonite; her father was once the head of the North American
Mennonite Conference. And although she had long ago left the church, the conservative religious
community of her youth welcomed her back with open arms and generous advice. (Rhoda’s
good-natured mother suggests she date her first cousin!)

Home turns out to be exactly what Rhoda needs. In the embrace of her family, she finds the space
to come to terms with her failed marriage and the time to reflect not only on her desire, as a
young woman, to leave her sheltered world behind but also on the choices she’d made that both
freed and entrapped her.

Rhoda’s MENNONITE IN A LITTLE BLACK DRESS is proof that not only can you go home
again, but sometimes you really should.

RHODA JANZEN holds an MA in creative writing from the University of Florida and an MA
and PhD in American literature from UCLA; she has received many awards, honors, and
fellowships. In 1993 and 1997 she held the University of California Poet Laureate Award. In
2000 she appeared in the PBS television series Closer to Truth. She has received grants from the
Pew Foundation and the Wilson Foundation. Her first book of poetry, Babel’s Stair, was
published by Word Press in 2006. Janzen frequently contributes to the nation’s top literary
journals, including Poetry, The Yale Review, The Gettysburg Review, and The Southern Review.
She teaches English and creative writing at Hope College in Holland, Michigan.

                        MENNONITE IN A LITTLE BLACK DRESS
                                   A Memoir of Going Home
                                        by Rhoda Janzen
                                         Holt Paperbacks
                   On sale: April 20, 2010 / ISBN: 978-0-8050-9225-7/ $14.00

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