Sunday, January 25, 2009

Review: My Little Red Book

Author/Editor: Rachel Kauder Nalebuff
Genre: non-fiction, menstruation
Rating: 5/5
Publication Date: February 26, 2009

My Little Red Book is an exceptional book for a number of reasons. First, of course, is the subject matter: the book is made up, entirely, of stories of women (girls) getting their first period. Which is something that, even in our rather open and liberated society, is usually hushed up and considered embarrassing. The author's purpose in writing the book is to end the awkwardness usually associated with menstruation, and to help women and girls embrace this part of who they are, "if Napoleon Dynamite can be cool, so can periods."

Second, is the editor herself, Rachel Kauder Nalebuff, who is only eighteen years old. Having an extremely embarrassing first period story, she began talking to others, and compiling their stories, starting at age thirteen. For her, at such a young age, to realize the importance of these stories being told and shared is really quite amazing.

Third, are the stories themselves, written by such a diverse sampling of women. Ranging in decades from the 1910's to the 2000's, and crossing the barriers of country and culture, some are written by well known writers such as Meg Cabot, others by unassuming grandmothers, but they all ring true.

Fourth, the advance and all proceeds of this book are being donated, by the author, to women's health charities. Which are involved in causes such as providing sanitary supplies to those unable to afford them in places such as Africa, so the girls do not have to miss school during their period.

To learn more, or to contribute your own story, visit: http://www.mylittleredbook.net/.

Also check back soon for a giveaway of this book!

3 comments:

Lisa January 26, 2009 at 9:12 AM  

That sounds interesting, if a bit uncomfortable, but perhaps reading it would make it less uncomfortable?

Kristi January 26, 2009 at 7:21 PM  

I think this is awesome! Having taught in high schools and volunteered in middle schools I'm glad to see this issue being addressed. Girls should be taught that there's nothing to be embarrassed about. I mean, good grief, it is a natural process! Information is the key and it can only help their self image. Thanks for bringing this book to my attention. I'll be sure to pick it up.

Dawn - She is Too Fond of Books January 29, 2009 at 1:26 PM  

What an incredible young woman to put together this collection. Imagine the poise she has; a great example to us all (even those well past the awkward teenage years!)

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