My Little Red Book

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Grand Central Publishing, Feb 26, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 240 pages
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MY LITTLE RED BOOK is an anthology of stories about first periods, collected from women of all ages from around the world. The accounts range from light-hearted (the editor got hers while water skiing in a yellow bathing suit) to heart-stopping (a first period discovered just as one girl was about to be strip-searched by the Nazis). The contributors include well-known women writers (Meg Cabot, Erica Jong, Gloria Steinem, Cecily von Ziegesar), alongside today's teens. And while the authors differ in race, faith, or cultural background, their stories share a common bond: they are all accessible, deeply honest, and highly informative. Whatever a girl experiences or expects, she'll find stories that speak to her thoughts and feelings.

Ultimately, MY LITTLE READ BOOK is more than a collection of stories. It is a call for a change in attitude, for a new way of seeing periods. In a time when the taboo around menstruation seems to be one of the few left standing, it makes a difficult subject easier to talk about, and helps girls feel proud instead of embarrassed or ashamed. By revealing what it feels like to undergo this experience first hand, and giving women the chance to explain their feelings in their own words, it aims to provide support, entertainment, and a starting point for discussion for mothers and daughters everywhere. It is a book every girl should have. Period.

 

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User Review  - Whitaknee - LibraryThing

A great book about women and their first experience with their period. Incredibly well written, a great conversation starter, and makes the experience feel unifying. Read full review

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User Review  - metonymic - LibraryThing

Props to Nalebuff for getting this book out there. I wish it had been around when I first got my period - which, despite the theme, I will not share here - but it was still a funny and invigorating ... Read full review

Contents

Oh Brother 1993
Goodbye Green Thumb 1942
Burning Secret 1966
Fear of Fourteen 1991
The Lie 1948
Germany 1942
The Artist 1968
Bloody Bat Mitzvah 2002
Jaws 2004
Dying in the Land of Dionysus 1972
Step Toward Womanhood but with Stepmom 1983
Yodelay UhOh 1982
The White Dress 1971
Up at the Chalkboard 1979
If Men Could Menstruate
A Puddle 1991

Going to Xtremes 1982
Too Wet 1994
Advice from a Cheesemaker 1953
Mehnsu 1992
Can I Just Skip This Period? 1971
Silence 1930s
A Jealous Vajayjay 1981
Into the Woods 1964
Loss and Gain of Responsibility 1969
The Ming Period 1999
Andy Roddicks Serve 2003
An Invisible Period 1981
Oh the Joy of Menses 1987
The Blusher 2002
Hot Dog on a String 1993
Chairman Maos Period 1967
Blood on the Tracks 1972
Ink Blots and Milk Spots 1987
Glamorous but Not for Long 1981
I Know You Are Not There God Its Me Kate 1990
The Curse 1939
Part I 1997
Part II 1997
Let Down 2007
Desperately Delayed 1970
Proper Disposal 1993
Mattress Pad 1990
No Gushing for Me Please 1979
The Slap 1972
Rescued by a Refugee 1941
Locked in a Room with Dosai 1962
Simple as Salt 1967 and 2008
SeŮorita 1980
Can I Sit on His Lap? 1916
Barbies and Biology 1996
My Support System Was a Box 1977
Out of the Closet 1968
Staining the CitroŽn 1970
Cranberry Sauce 1993
Tsihabuhkai 1962
The Dream 1994
Operation Menstruation 1998
Crushed Leaves in Kenya 2006
Wheres My Belt? 1979
My Second First Period 1977
A Coup at the Napkin Dispenser 1960
Downward Dog 2004
The Harness 1961
The Von Trapps and Me 1980
Dress Appropriately 1974
The Earache 1975
Progressive Parenting 1993
Showdown at the HoJo 1968
No Longer in Little League 1993
Euro Disney 1992
On Horseback 1960s
Not Getting It 1980
The Mermaid 1974
Peanut Butter and Chocolate Milk 1959
Tamora Pierce Saves the Day 2006
Slippery in the Stairwell 1965
Down Under 1983
Time for Prayer 2006
The Right Place at the Right Time 1952
Blood Month 1979
Late Bloomer 1998
History Sometimes Repeats Itself 1970
TwelveStep Program 1946
Flow 1983
You Always Remember Your First
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