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Flash Count Diary: Menopause and the Vindication of Natural Life | Darcey Steinke
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A brave, brilliant, and unprecedented examination of menopause Menopause hit Darcey Steinke hard. First came hot flashes. Then insomnia. Then depression. As she struggled to understand what was happening to her, she slammed up against a culture of silence and sexism. Some books promoted hormone replacement therapy. Others encouraged accepting the coming crone. Beyond that, there was little that offered a path to understanding menopause in a complex, spiritual, and intellectually engaged way. She felt lost until she encountered a scientific fact that had escaped her through the early stages of dealing with this life change: the only two creatures on earth that go through menopause, she discovered, are human women and female killer whales. Her fascination with this fact became the starting point for Flash Count Diary, a powerful exploration into aspects of menopause that have rarely been written about, including the changing gender landscape that reduced levels of hormones brings, the actualities of transforming desires, and the realities of prejudice against older women. Steinke learned that in the seventeenth century women who had hot flashes in front of others could be accused of being witches, that the model of Marcel Duchamp's famous tant donns was a post-reproductive woman, and that seeing whales in the wild can lead to orcagasms. Flash Count Diary takes readers from Brooklyn to the red light district in Amsterdam, and finally to a watery encounter with a wild killer-whale matriarch in Washington States Salish Sea. Flash Count Diary will change the way you think about menopause. Its a deeply feminist book, honest about the intimations of mortality that menopause signals but also an argument for the ascendency, beauty, and power of the post-reproductive years in womens lives.
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A lot of this book is making me feel alternately🤦🏼‍♀️🤷🏼‍♀️🙋🏼‍♀️but this quote really struck me as particularly transcendent. May we all be overtaken by beauty.

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Giving this one a go ... next to my grandmother‘s tennis trophy from 1929!

LauraJ Love the trophy! Looking forward to your review. 3d
HOTPock3tt Cool trophy!! 😎 3d
Megabooks Wow! That‘s awesome! 3d
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BarbaraTheBibliophage @Megabooks @HOTPock3tt @LauraJ Thanks - Mr B just thinks it‘s weird. I love it! 🥰 3d
BookNAround Fantastic trophy! 3d
LeahBergen And she was a Barbara, too! ❤️❤️❤️ 3d
BarbaraTheBibliophage @LeahBergen Eagle eyes! Yes, I am her namesake - first middle and last names. ♥️ 3d
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“How do you explain you've been enchanted by a creature, an apex predator?.... what if the post-menopausal narrative, like the prepubescent one, is focused not on romance, but on a creature?.... I am not interested in girl meets boy, but in woman meets whale. 'Questing,' Pollitt writes, 'is what makes a woman the hero of her own life.'“ (page 36)

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This one wasn‘t for me, I couldn‘t finish it. There were parts that were funny, parts that made me think but it was a little too out there. I‘m not going to light a black candle and think about the people I hate and I don‘t care to spend time considering vaginal lasering. There were definitely interesting bits but I need to get it returned to the library and don‘t think I‘ll give it another go.

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One last book started during #24b4Monday Clocked 16 hours, 2 min. Finished 4 books, read/listened to parts of 3 others. All in all, pretty successful! Many thanks to the organizers, @TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65 and @jb72

TheReadingMermaid You are welcome and many thanks to you for participating. You did so great sweetie congratulations ❤️👏👏👏❤️ 5mo
Andrew65 That‘s a fantastic time, well done and thanks for taking part. 👏👏👏🙌 5mo
KimM How was this book? 5mo
Julsmarshall @KimM Still working on it, enjoying it so far. Refreshing to read something on this topic, there isn‘t much out there- 5mo
keepingupwiththepenguins I so want to read this!!! 😍 😍 😍 5mo
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Well, heck. Happy Tuesday morning to me! I barely ever enter GR giveaways anymore, but I‘m definitely anxious for this one to arrive.

#giveawaywinner #wowiwon #considermeshocked #yippeeeeee

Cinfhen Woohoo 🥳 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘ve won several, but I never get an email! They just show up as little surprises on my doorstep 💗💗 (edited) 5mo
Cinfhen Is it really only Tuesday???? 5mo
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Megabooks Awesome!! 🥳🥳🎉🎉 5mo
Amiable You‘re giving me hope! I‘d stopped entering the giveaways, too. Think I‘ll go register for one! 5mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Amiable Good luck!!! 🍀👍🏻 5mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen Thanks. And yeah, right now I could use another weekend. Ugh. 5mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Funny, I always get an email ... 🤷🏼‍♀️ 5mo
emz711 I've never won one! There must be a trick 5mo
Cinfhen I‘m in a time warp @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I can‘t manage my days 🤪🤪 5mo
JamieArc I think this author did an interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air that was really interesting and made me want to read the book. 5mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @JamieArc I‘ll have to hunt for the interview. Thanks! 5mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @emz711 I‘ve won a few, but mostly before they changed their giveaway policy. (I forget the details, but it used to be more generous.) 5mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen Time warp getting better?? 5mo
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I‘m enjoying this exploration of menopause. The audiobook is read by the author and is compelling. She is completely right that there is a deficit of work based on this time in women‘s lives. It‘s insane to know that every woman goes through it and we know so little about the process.

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This book!!! If you‘re a female experiencing menopause, you need this book!!! Be ready for the truth tho!!! She sugar coats nothing and digs deep into the whole world of menopause. I love the different perspective it‘s given me! ❤️❤️❤️

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