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 Red 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.
The complete list of narrators includes Susannah Jones, Eva Kaminsky, Virginia Bosch, Lauren Fortgang, and Therese Plummer.
Stories about first periods, by their very nature, are ubiquitous, but so many of them remain untold. This treasure of an anthology, My Little Red Book, edited by Rachel Kauder Nalebuff, gives the listener the best of stories about women's first periods. A full cast of talented narrators reads these menstruation stories from the likes of Meg Cabot, Erica Jong, and Gloria Steinem, along with other great stories from women and teenagers alike. A resource for girls who are about to go through it, or a nostalgic experience for an older woman, this collection is a must-listen.
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