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Book: Crazy Quilt - Pieces of a Mennonite Life by Cynthia Yoder

Book: Crazy Quilt - Pieces of a Mennonite Life by Cynthia Yoder

categories: Book, Memoir, Pennsylvania Dutch, Depression, Spirituality, Amish, Narrative, Inspirational, Christian, Pennsylvania German, History, Heritage, Mennonite




Cynthia Yoder

Author Cynthia Yoderabout this book: I hit the worst of my depression when I was in graduate school. I'd been married two years and was living my dream of being a writer in New York City. But I was haunted by darkness, and left my husband, my city, my work and my studies to move back to my roots. I thought I'd left my Mennonite roots behind so that I could be myself, all new. But living near my Pennsylvania Dutch Mennonite grandparents was healing to me. Who I was, it turned out, was deeply connected to this past, to my family, and to the rural soil of eastern Pennsylvania.

Crazy Quilt: Pieces of a Mennonite Life, is the story of this journey, and includes recipes and stories that I collected from my grandparents at the time.

Although my depression hit its peak during grad studies at Columbia University, it was a course there in African-American Literature where I discovered Zora Neal Hurston's work. Her book about her Southern roots gave me the inspiration to go home again.


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