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Author: Rachel Kauder Nalebuff

A book celebrating first-period stories and the women who wrote them.

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A book every woman should have. Period.

  • Feb 6, 2009
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This book is a compilation of stories from 90 women sharing their first-period stories.  It is a book that unifies women from every culture and religion, every country and race. Experiences differ, though they are the same. I wish I had this book when I had my first period. I'm glad I have this book, for the daughter I might eventually have. The book aims to keep the conversation about periods going--a topic that, to this day, is deemed a taboo for the silliest of reasons. Menstruation is a powerful symbol of what women are capable of. This is an excellent book for women all over the world. I highly recommend it.
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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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RACHEL KAUDER-NALEBUFF is a  recent graduate of  Choate Rosemary Hall, ...
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Book, Nonfiction, Women, Feminism, Menstruation, Menses, Periods


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