3 out of 4 stars
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“In menopause, our body roars. All these years it has put up and shut up and now will not tolerate abuse or disrespect any longer. This commotion is simply a demand by your newly awake self for quality, not quantity, for re-evaluation and re-balancing.” -- Caryn Franklin
I recalled these words when I started reading WTF is Menopause by Lorraine Burgess. This book is a recollection of the author’s journey with menopause, in addition to the definition of menopause, its signs and symptoms, how to cope with it, and the struggles that it entails.
How many women thought they were going crazy and their world turned upside down, when in fact they were going through menopause? How many a domestic issue took place because the spouse may have not contemplated what his wife was going through?
Despite being a quick read, I found it both entertaining and informative. I also enjoyed the humorous yet honest writing style. Lorraine says, “As far as post menopause goes...well, you will have to wait for my second book if my memory holds up.”
Furthermore, I appreciated the organized and stepwise approach to menopause, and the holistic perspective, where the mind and the body are tackled and pampered.
I honestly cannot think of anything I disliked about the book. Interestingly, WTF is Menopause is not exclusive for women, although they might relate to it more than anyone else. Thus, I unhesitatingly recommend it to men seeking to understand what their spouse is going through. Readers who want smooth, evidence-based and first-hand information on an entity that could differ variably between the different women will be satisfied.
That said, I fell under the impression that the book is professionally edited. However, I think it would benefit from a polishing round of proofreading, as I came across some trivial and easily correctable errors that were mainly grammatical and punctuation-related. However, having crossed the ten errors’ threshold, I am forced to deduct one star from the total rating. I, therefore, give WTF is Menopause by Lorraine Burgess 3 out of 4 stars.
On a final note, the enlightenment that the book delivers in a lighthearted and compassionate manner is something to revel in. Here’s what the author says, “I had no idea that menopause causes you to come out of character and makes you say and do things you wouldn’t normally do. I went in as Lorraine Burgess, I truly don’t know who I had become after surgery.”
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