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Mennonite in a little black dress : a memoir of going home by Rhoda Janzen.
Don't let the title mislead you if you're wanting to learn about old order Mennonites -- the people who dress in plain clothes and use horse and buggies. The writer hails from a California Central Valley community that includes academics and professional people who retain some of the down-to-earth German and Eastern European folkways of their ancestors who emigrated from Russia several generations ago. In this memoir of mid-life crises, an English professor goes home to recouperate from a debilitating accident and a stormy marriage and tries to fit in, though inevitably finds changes. Not only has she moved on from the nostalgia of her sixties and seventies childhood, but so have her friends and relatives. Humorous, irreverent and at times raunchy, the author appears self-absorbed; the community, by contrast, is tolerant, though perculiar. This book wasn't worth the 6 weeks hold -- I could have waited longer until it was freely available on the new book shelves. If, like me, you get annoyed after the first few chapters, skip to the last chapter and appendix.