Rachel Kaude My Little Red Book

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MY LITTLE RED BOOK is an anthology of first menstruation stories from women and girls of all ages, races, faiths and cultural backgrounds. Collected overfour years the diverse stories range from the light-hearted to the heart-stopping and is the first book to use women's own words to both demystify and celebrate this universal female rite of passgae at the same. Contributors include Gloria Steinem (her classic essay 'If Men Could Menstruate'), Joyce Maynard, Maxine Kumin, Tonya Hurley, Patty Marx, Megan McCafferty, Tamora Pearce, Cecily von Ziegesar, Jacquelyn Mitchard, Jennifer Baumgardner and Sara Hickman, among others.

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Rachel Kauder Nalebuff is currently on a gap year before going to Yale University.

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Adult/High School—After finishing these recollections by women of their first menstrual period, readers cannot help but be struck by three things: what a defining moment it was, how far society has come, and how often Judy Blume's Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret (Yearling, 1970) is mentioned as a source of information and comfort. The 18-year-old editor recounts her story of her 12-year-old self caught unaware while waterskiing and dropped off, by her embarrassed grandfather, at a pharmacy where she found herself searching for sanitary products in an aisle featuring incontinence supplies. The women queried are as well known as Erika Jong and as little known as Nalebuff's younger sister. The earliest recollection is Henrietta Wittenberg's, remembering in her 100th year, of her worry in 1916 about sitting on a man's lap. The most recent story, from 2008, is Jacquelyn Mitchard's memory of getting the "curse" and her contrastingly comforting words to her sixth-grade daughter. Some memories are magical (snorkeling with a dolphin in the Caribbean Sea); some are heart wrenching (a Holocaust survivor's escape from a Nazi strip search); others embarrassing at the time but humorous in retrospect. For most female readers, the stories will be poignantly familiar. The subject index is particularly informative and includes YA authors and "Unusual Customs." A glossary of euphemisms is fun and enlightening, and the bibliography contains health resources, fiction and nonfiction, and informative Web sites.—Jackie Gropman, formerly at Fairfax County Public Library System, Fairfax, VA
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