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My Little Red Book

by Rachel Kauder Nalebuff (Editor)

Other authors: M. Eliza Hamilton Abegunde (Contributor), Aysegul Altintas (Contributor), Emilia Arthur (Contributor), Judy Nicholson Asselin (Contributor), Jen Bashian (Contributor)87 more, Nina Bassman (Contributor), Jennifer Baumgardner (Contributor), Nina Bentley (Contributor), Marianne Bernstein (Contributor), Jill Bialosky (Contributor), Leigh Bienen (Contributor), Patricia E. Boyd (Contributor), Meg Cabot (Contributor), Nancy L. Caruso (Contributor), Carla Cohen (Contributor), Catherine Conant (Contributor), Lisa Selin Davis (Contributor), Jennifer Asanin Dean (Contributor), Jenni Deslandes (Contributor), Ellen Devine (Contributor), Debby Dodds (Contributor), Marian Firke (Contributor), Flori (Contributor), Elli Foster (Contributor), Sondra Freundlich-Hall (Contributor), Barclay Rachael Gang (Contributor), Bonnie Garmisa (Contributor), Lola Gerhard (Contributor), Sharon Gerhard (Contributor), Lily Gottchalk (Contributor), Linda Greenberg (Contributor), Nancy Gruver (Contributor), Sandra Guy (Contributor), Emily Hagenmaier (Contributor), Sara Hickman (Contributor), Mary Hu (Contributor), Tonya Hurley (Contributor), Michele Jaffe (Contributor), Catherine Johnson-Roehr (Contributor), Erica Jong (Contributor), Thelma Kandel (Contributor), Joe Kelly (Contributor), Kathi Kovacic (Contributor), Maxine Kumin (Contributor), Ilene Lainer (Contributor), Amy H. Lee (Contributor), Zannette Lewis (Contributor), Linda Lindroth (Contributor), Xiao Ling Ma (Contributor), Madeleine (Contributor), Krista Madsen (Contributor), Patty Marx (Contributor), Fatema Maswood (Contributor), Kica Matos (Contributor), Joyce Maynard (Contributor), Megan McCafferty (Contributor), Jacquelyn Mitchard (Contributor), Bita Moghaddam (Contributor), Bernadette Murphy (Contributor), Thatcher Mweu (Contributor), Marcia Nalebuff (Contributor), Zoe Kauder Nalebuff (Contributor), Miriam E. Nelson (Contributor), Juanita Pahdopony (Contributor), Tamora Pierce (Contributor), Rafia (Contributor), Moira Kathleen Ray (Contributor), Deo Robbins (Contributor), Sarah Rosen (Contributor), Penelope Scambly Schott (Contributor), Jessy Schuster (Contributor), Pearl Stein Selinsky (Contributor), Shobha Sharma (Contributor), Annie Sherman (Contributor), Suzan Shutan (Contributor), Aliza Shvarts (Contributor), Elizabeth Siciliano (Contributor), Gloria Steinem (Contributor), Louise Story (Contributor), Kathrine Switzer (Contributor), Tatum Travers (Contributor), Rachel Vail (Contributor), Shalom Victor (Contributor), Cecily von Ziegesar (Contributor), Monica Wesolowska (Contributor), Laura Wexler (Contributor), Rebecca Wexler (Contributor), Margaret Whitton (Contributor), Laura Madeline Wiseman (Contributor), Henrietta Wittenberg (Contributor), Yulia (Contributor), Kate Zieman (Contributor)

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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 lighthearted (the editor got hers while waterskiing 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. Ultimately, My Little Red Book is more than a collection of stories. It is a call for a change in attitude. By revealing what it feels like to undergo this experience firsthand and giving women the chance to explain their feelings in their own words. My Little Red Book aims to provide support, entertainment, and a starting point for discussion for mothers and daughters everywhere.… (more)

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Do you remember when you first got your period? These ladies do. This collection of remembrances about first periods is funny, distressing, oh-so-familiar, and it seems every other essay cites the classic tome "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret." It's also reassuring: The sisterhood is as old as time and it lives forever. For teens already "on the rag," this book can help assuage embarrassment and discomfort. As a read for pre-teens, it's too sophisticated a work for all but the most precocious. This book will get you remembering your first period and how you've lived with your monthly visitor. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
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. ( )
  Whitaknee | May 29, 2011 |
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This is a collection of first-period stories, written by women of all ages from around the world. They are artists, writers, professionals, doctors, and students. Many of these stories have similar themes, for example:
*The author thought she were dying.
*The author was excited about becoming a woman.
*The author got their period in a public situation and bled through her clothes.
*The author didn't know anything about periods until it happened.
And so on.

And yet, despite these similarities than run through, each story maintains a sense of unique experience particular to that author. The story may be universal, but the experience is deeply personal. As I continued to read through these stories, and even as I saw more of the similarities that tied them together, I became more and more fascinated with these people who all experienced a similar event in their own way.

In many ways, I think this is a vital and necessary book, normalizing an experience that is often treated as a secret shame, even today. We need to be more open about these kind of things, to bring them out in the open, to facilitate discussion, and this book does that in a classy and tactful way. ( )
  andreablythe | Feb 18, 2010 |
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There isn't much to say about this book, as the cover pretty much says it all.

This is a great little book that is not meant to be read all at once, but rather in bits and pieces. It would make a wonderful gift for a young woman who is approaching her first period, although older woman can benefit from the tales as well. (I, for example, enjoyed comparing my own experiences to those of the authors, and I was surprised to see that I fared pretty well in comparison!)

Many of the stories offer either comfort or humor (and frequently both) to help deal with what is often an awkward time in a young woman's life. The collection is diverse and visually pleasing -- a wonderful little book in all! ( )
  bibliolatrist | Feb 3, 2010 |
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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. As with any collection some of the entries stand out more than others, and the quality is generally high. Also high quality: the book design. I don't usually notice, perhaps because I usually read crappy quality paperbacks, but the whole thing is really excellent from the typesetting to the paper. If you know a girl the right age, I'd strongly recommend this as a gift. ( )
  metonymic | Jul 9, 2009 |
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Abegunde, M. Eliza HamiltonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Arthur, EmiliaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Bashian, JenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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MadeleineContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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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 lighthearted (the editor got hers while waterskiing 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. Ultimately, My Little Red Book is more than a collection of stories. It is a call for a change in attitude. By revealing what it feels like to undergo this experience firsthand and giving women the chance to explain their feelings in their own words. My Little Red Book aims to provide support, entertainment, and a starting point for discussion for mothers and daughters everywhere.

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  • Clueless, 1952 / Judy Blume, New York, NY
  • Oh, brother, 1993 / Louise Story, Cos Cob, CT
  • Good-bye green thumb, 1942 / Thelma Kandel, New York, NY
  • Burning secret, 1966 / Suzan Shutan, East Haven, CT
  • Fear of fourteen, 1991 / Erica Jong, New York, NY
  • The lie, 1948 / Shalom Victor, Santa Cruz, CA
  • Germany, 1942 / Nina Bassman, Queens, NY
  • The artist, 1968 / Nina Bentley, Westport, CT
  • Bloody Bat Mitzvah, 2002 / Sarah Rosen, New Haven, CT
  • Going to x-tremes, 1982 / Michele Jaffe, Los Angeles, CA
  • Blood relative, 1976 / Sondra Freundlich-Hall, San Francisco, CA
  • Too wet, 1994 / Rafia
  • Guatemala: Advice from a cheesemaker, 1953 / Flori, Chicago, IL
  • Mehn-su, 1992 / Amy H. Lee, Berkeley, CA
  • Can I just skip this period? 1971 / Patty Marx, New York, NY
  • Silence, 1930s / Elizabeth Sicilliano, Cleveland, OH
  • A jealous Vajayjay, 1981 / Nancy L. Caruso, Cardiff, CA
  • Into the woods, 1964 / Sharon Gerhard, Novato, CA
  • Loss and gain of responsibility, 1969 / Zannette Lewis, Richmond, VA
  • The Ming period, 1999 / Aliza Shvarts, Los Angeles, CA
  • Andy Roddick's serve, 2003 / Jen Bashian, Los Angeles, CA
  • An invisible period, 1981 / S., New York, NY
  • Oh, the "joy" of menses! 1987 / Megan McCafferty, Princeton, NJ
  • The blusher, 2002 / Elli Foster, Lancaster, PA
  • Hot dog on a string, 1993 / Ellen Devine, Wallingford, CT
  • Chairman Mao's period, 1967 / Xiao Ling Ma, Nanjing, China
  • LOL {.}, 2005 / Zoe Kauder Nalebuff, New Haven, CT
  • Blood on the tracks, 1972 / Patricia E. Boyd, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Ink blots and milk spots, 1987 / Krista Madsen, Brooklyn, NY
  • Glamorous, but not for long, 1981 / Jennifer Baumgardner, New York, NY
  • I know you are not there, God. It's me, Kate, 1990 / Kate Zieman, Toronto, Canada
  • The curse, 1939 / Lola Gerhard
  • The simple vase: Part I, 1997 / Laura Wexler, New Haven, CT
  • The simple vase: Part II, 1997 / Rebecca Wexler, New York, NY
  • Let down, 2007 / Tatum Travers, Chicago, IL
  • Desperately delayed, 1970 / Judy Nicholson Asselin, Westtown, PA
  • Proper disposal, 1993 / Catherine Conant, Middletown, CT
  • Mattress pad, 1990 / Yulia, New York
  • No gushing for me, please, 1970 / Monica Wesolowska, Berkeley, CA
  • The slap, 1972 / Ilene Lainer, New York, NY
  • Rescued by a refugee, 1941 / Pearl Stein Selinsky, Sacramento, CA
  • The wrath of the gods, 1970 / Jill Bialosky, Cleveland, OH
  • Locked in a room with Dosai, 1962 / Shobha Sharma, Chennai, India
  • Simple as salt, 1967 and 2008 / Jacquelyn Mitchard, Madison, WI
  • Señoría, 1980 / Kica Matos, New Haven, CT
  • Can I sit on his lap? 1916 / Henrietta Wittenberg, New York, NY
  • Barbies and biology, 1996 / Aysegul Altintas, Istanbul, Turkey
  • An excerpt from "Letters" / Maxine Kumin, New Hampshire
  • My support system was a box, 1977 / Bonnie Garmisa, Guilford, CT
  • Jaws, 2004 / Lily Gottchalk, Wallingford, CT
  • Dying in the land of Dionysus, 1972 / Mary Hu, New Haven, CT
  • Step toward womanhood, but with stepmom, 1983 / Lisa Selin Davis, Brooklyn, NY
  • Yodelay uh-oh, 1982 / Cecily von Ziegesar, Brooklyn, NY
  • The white dress, 1971 / Kathi Kovacic, Cleveland, OH
  • Up at the chalkboard, 1979 / Emilia Arthur, Accra, Ghana
  • If men could menstruate / Gloria Steinem, New York, NY
  • A puddle, 1991 / Laura Madeline Wiseman, Arizona
  • Out of the closet, 1968 / Joyce Maynardd, Mill Valley, CA
  • Staining the Citroën, 1970 / Catherine Johnson-Roehr, Bloomington, IN
  • Cranberry sauce, 1993 / Barclay Rachael Gang, Miami, FL
  • Tsihabuhkai, 1962 / Juanita Pahdopony, Lawton, OK
  • The dream, 1994 / Annie Sherman, Chico, CA
  • Operation menstruation! 1998 / Jennifer Asanin Dean, Hamilton, Canada
  • Crushed leaves in Kenya, 2006 / Thatcher Mweu, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Where's my belt? 1979 / Meg Cabot, Bloomington, IN
  • My second first period, 1977 / Bernadette Murphy, Los Angeles, CA
  • Memory: Day 1, 1973 / M. Eliza Hamilton Abegunde, Evanston, IL
  • A coup at the napkin dispenser, 1960 / Linda Lindroth, New Haven, CT
  • Downward dog, 2004 / Marian Firke, Chicago, IL
  • The harness, 1961 / Deo Robbins, Santa Cruz, CA
  • The Von Trapps and me / Debby Dodds, Los Angeles, CA
  • Dress appropriately, 1974 / Bita Moghaddam, Pittsburgh, PA
  • The earache, 1975 / Dr. Miriam Nelson, Medford, MA
  • Progressive parenting, 1993 / Nancy Gruver and Joe Kelly, Duluth, MN
  • Showdown at the HoJo, 1968 / Linda Greenberg, Chicago, IL
  • No longer in little league, 1993 / Moira Kathleen Ray, Portland, OR
  • Euro Disney, 1992 / Jessy Schuster, Miami, FL
  • On horseback, 1960s / Margaret Whitton, Martha's Vineyard, MA
  • Not getting it, 1980 / Rachel Vail, New York, NY
  • The mermaid, 1974 / Sara Hickman, Austin, TX
  • When you phoned home from California to tell me it had started / Penelope Scambly Schott, Portland, OR
  • Peanut butter and chocolate milk, 1959 / Kathrine Switzer, New Zealand and New York, NY
  • Tamora Pierce saves the day, 2006 / Madeleine, New York, NY
  • Slippery in the stairwell, 1965 / Tamora Pierce, New York
  • Down under, 1983 / Jenni Deslandes, Sydney, Australia
  • Time for prayer, 2006 / Fatema Maswood, Cromwell, CT
  • The right place at the right time, 1952 / Leigh Bienen, Evanston, IL
  • Blood month, 1979 / Sandra Guy, Paris, France
  • Late bloomer, 1998 / Emily Hagenmaier, Los Angeles, CA
  • History sometimes repeats itself, 1970 / Marianne Bernstein, Philadelphia, PA
  • Twelve-step program, 1946 / Marcia Nalebuff, Newton, MA
  • Flow, 1983 / Tonya Hurley, New York, NY
  • You always remember your first / Carla Cohen, Washington, DC
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