“A first-born and only son, I opened my eyes in a sprawling 122-year-old farmhouse along a pleasant creek in southeastern Pennsylvania ,” writes well-known Mennonite historian, John Landis Ruth, in his forthcoming book, Branch: A Memoir with Pictures. As eighty-three year old Ruth tells his story through photos and essays, readers get a rich glimpse of his life but also the Mennonite family and community in which he was raised.
In small coffee-table style, each of the 210 two-page spreads opens to a mini-essay paired with a full-page picture. Ruth chose this format “to explore synergy between a lifetime’s collection of pictures and the words they may call forth.”
“In the end this is a love story—love of family, love of community and church—all anchored in an enduring, classic Mennonite faith.” – Dick Benner, editor, The Canadian Mennonite
The 432-page, hard-bound memoir, priced at $25.00, will be released at a book-signing at the Mennonite Heritage Center on November 21 at 7:30 p.m., with additional book-signings in the days following in Lancaster County and Waterloo, ON.
Copies of the book will be available for purchase in the Mennonite Heritage Center Museum Store and from TourMagination in Waterloo, ON and Lancaster, PA.