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Review Essays of Academic, Professional & Technical Books in the Humanities & Sciences


A Woman's Guide to Menopause and Perimenopause by Mary Minkin, Carol Wright (Yale University Press Health & Wellness: Yale University Press) The most up-to-date, scientifically accurate, and readable guide to menopause available anywhere.

Recent groundbreaking research has provided abundant new information on menopause and how women should approach it. This book carefully considers all these findings, explains in detail what we now know about menopause and its treatment, and offers sound guidance for women dealing with the physical and emotional health issues surrounding menopause.

Menopause specialist Dr. Mary Jane Minkin, nationally known not only for her expertise but also for her approachability, answers all the questions about menopause that women want--and need--to ask their health care providers. Dr. Minkin presents scientifically grounded information, explained helpfully and in a non-judgmental manner.

Among the topics included in this volume:

  • Hormone replacement therapy, its pros and cons
  • Controlling the symptoms of PMS
  • Treatments for menopause-related hot flashes, insomnia, and depression
  • Menopause and sexuality
  • Osteoporosis
  • Preventing and detecting cancer of the reproductive organs
  • Healthy lifestyle choices for menopausal women
  • What the Womens Health Initiative study findings really mean

Work It Out: A Guide to Achieving the Ultimate Body for Today's Black Woman
by Madonna Grimes, Jim Rosenthal (Avery) Black women tend to have fuller, curvier figures than other women. Their body types do not necessarily meet the "fitness industry standard" smaller frames and thinner bodies. Having few realistic fitness role models, many African-American women wind up feeling frustrated about being unable to reduce their curves to match those of the models in the fitness magazines.
In Work It Out, fitness expert MaDonna Grimes offers black women a different ideal to work toward-one suited to their unique physiques. Drawing from her experience as a professional dancer, choreographer, and fitness competitor, Grimes has fashioned a revolutionary program specifically for black women, to help them attain their fitness goals and build self-esteem. Her dynamic, innovative plan includes hip-hop and Afro-Latin dance moves, weight training, stretching, and proper nutrition. She also addresses the health issues common to black women, such as obesity, hypertension, and diabetes, and explains how they can be avoided with proper nutrition and exercise.
MaDonna Grimes' fresh approach is long overdue.
Work It Out promises to deliver personal power, optimal health, and the beautiful body that only a black woman can achieve.

INVENTING OURSELVES AGAIN: Women Face Middle Age by Janis Fisher Cahn, foreword by Margo Hackett (Sibyl) began as a personal journal, an attempt to make sense of the changes in her body and her psyche as she approached her fiftieth birthday. the author quickly noticed that the themes in her conversations with herself were also coming up in conversations with her friends, wonderful conversations in which they explored their most intimate concerns, fears, discoveries, and dreams. She kept trying to recapture those conversations in her journal. She was fascinated by the way in which our generation of women, who had been raised to consider other women competitors in the game of life, had learned to share with and support one another. Here they were, doing it again, helping each other into and through a mid-life that is unlike anything we could have imagined for themselves.

The women whose voices are included in this book were not selected in any scientific way. They are the author’s friends and acquaintances; two are her cousins. They are not baby boomers; they are their older sisters. Five of them were raised on the West Coast; the others are from Kansas and New Jersey and Michigan and New York and Montreal, although all but one has lived in California for most of her adult life. Most, but not all, of them are the children or grandchildren of immigrants. Most of them have college degrees, and most of them have always worked at least part-time. Some are professionals; some are artists. All but two have grown children; all but three have been divorced or never married. These reflections on mid-life changes offers an important portal into the life cycle of middle-class women.

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