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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For More Information Contact: Melanie DeNardo, 646-307-5239 email@example.com NOW AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK etc. On sale: April 20, 2010 essays&extras “The most delightful memoir I’ve read in ages.” —Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love A MEMOIR OF GOING HOME mennonite in a little black dress RHODA JANZEN “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 Gay.com? 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. ABOUT THE AUTHOR 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 www.henryholt.com
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