#Book Review – #Meno-What? by D.G. Kaye | TINA FRISCO

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How delighted I was to come across this wonderful and humorous review of my book Menowhat? A Memoir, by  author Tina Frisco. 

 

I wrote that book as a memoir of my overwhelming journey through menopause. As I wrote about my trials and tribulations through that rocky ride, I offered some helpful tips which worked for me, many observations of the symptoms I encountered, and how I chose to deal with them. I like to think of myself as a girl with the ‘glass half full’ and often use the tagline ‘You gotta Laugh’ when life throws curve balls, naturally sense of humor emanates through the book and I was thrilled to see that Tina had identified with the humor of it all. It’s an informative book for those who’ve yet to enter the world of the ‘menodragons’ and a book you can laugh at if you’ve already passed ‘Go’ on the subject. Please read Tina’s review below:

 

Menowhat? A Memoir, D.G. Kaye

 

5 Stars

 

Navigating Menopause with Poise and Humor 

I wish I’d had this book when I was going through menopause! It would have validated all I was feeling and given me some inventive ways of coping with the inevitable changes looming on the threshold of female maturity.

In her memoir, Meno-What?  D.G. Kaye speaks frankly about the hormonal changes that launch a war against our physical, emotional, and behavioral stability. She humorously refers to them as the “meno dragons,” a term that will be appreciated by any woman who has reached this stage in life.

Kaye outlines, chapter by chapter, the various changes that challenge our bodies as well as our sanity and self-image. With candor and humor, she tells us how each change affected her body, threatened her vanity, and braced her determination to face each one with an eye toward melioration.

She coins some pretty hilarious terms in describing these changes. “Circumference expansion” and “meno muffin” refer to our broadening midsections. “Fatback” and “muffin tops” describe the love handles bestowed to our bra lines. “Bottoms down” laments the loss of firmness in our posteriors. “Fred Flintstone feet” bemoans the abhorrent increase in shoe size. And “the Sahara effect” aptly portrays those dreaded, uncomfortable hot flashes. . Continue Reading

 

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41 thoughts on “#Book Review – #Meno-What? by D.G. Kaye | TINA FRISCO

  1. This sounds hilarious–Thanks, Tina. I’m happy to say that my M event was pretty much a non-event, but I’m the rarity. Most friends would fall into what you’re describing. Kudos for addressing this topic with humor.

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    1. Well, ya gotta laugh! Hindsight is 20/20 and I pretty much never missed a symptom, lol, so why not tell about it with humor. And you were one of the chosen ones to miss the ‘good times’ NOT. 🙂

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    1. Thanks for chiming in Jeri. Unfortunately, you are right, it could be a side effect. I know a few people who were set off in early menopause from it. And some who didn’t. But on the bright side, you’d get it over with early and have advanced warning, lol. 🙂

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  2. When I had my first and only hot flash, I was APPALLED! Heat defensive already, I was horrified that I wouldn’t make it through alive (I got cold flashes after that – go figure, but God is good!).

    I was in a car and it was cold enough the heat was on low and the windows were up. As my face suddenly turned beet red, I turned OFF the heat, rolled down my window, turned to my friend and said, “This is awful! Like being suddenly thrust into a pizza oven.”

    Once it passed, I added, “Women need to complain more about this – loudly!! The rest of us need the warning. Those polite little fanning gestures don’t even BEGIN to describe the experience! I want a book!”

    And now we have one. Good for you for writing it, Debbie. Anyone going through it currently would find it helpful to share the humor – funny afterwards, of course, where those hot flashes are concerned.

    Since peri-menopause starts at 38 in most woman – when the hormones begin to change – Meno-what? needs to be a standard gift for 35th birthdays (like those standard wedding gifts – lol). I wish it had been around for me – it would have been helpful to know what to expect.
    xx,
    mgh

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    1. Lol, thank you for all that Madelyn. That’s exactly why I wrote it. You had one flash? Are you kidding me? I wrote about people like you who barely have an inferno moment. I said I wanted to smack them, lol. 🙂 x

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      1. Yeah, but I had cold flashes. Depending on how people feel about cold, they might think those were worse!

        I had many teeth-chattering, total shivering/freezing episodes you might have hated more. I got through them with gratitude, saying with a severe quiver to a smile that must have made me look insane, “At least its not a hot flash!”

        I have never read about cold flashes from anyone else, but it makes sense that I can’t be the only one. The temp. regulation goes screwy while the body gets used to fluctuating hormones – why NOT cold flashes?
        xx,
        mgh

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      2. Lol, well then you haven’t read my book. I specifically detail that after every hot flash, came the cold ones. It was the cold ones that allowed me to sleep for 10 to 15 minutes under the blankets before I had to rip them off for the next inferno. I believe that chapter was titled: Covers on covers off. Lol 🙂 I didn’t miss out on too many. 🙂 xo

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      3. OMG – you got both!?

        Meno is definitely on my TBR list. I’m hoping to be able to talk my book club into reading it for one of our selections. They have been trying to stay “gender neutral” in case we are joined by a few men, but even men could use the info, imho – a bit of understanding, if not actual empathy.
        xx,
        mgh

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      4. LOl, funny you should mention. I was surprised at the reviews I received from some male readers. Never under-estimate the fact that some men are quite curious to learn what they may expect, and some of my readers were indeed male. :)x

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    1. Thank you Carol. I have my summer cut out for me. I haven’t been working on my book for some months and will be getting back into the nitty gritty by month’s end. I’m sure that book will appeal to many. ❤

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  3. Wonderful review!! I had read a lot about these ‘meno-dragons’ and could handle them well but they were awful! Why do women get to deal all such dragons…a question that haunts me often!

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  4. When I first read Tina’s review I was chuckling 😉 So as I need a laugh today I’ll head over there again for a re-read ~ Way to go Debby with the great reviews ♥

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    1. Thanks so much Christoph. It’s extra special to me that men too can can enjoy this book, if only for the info provided, lol. Forewarned is forearmed. 🙂 ❤

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  5. Tina is fabulous and her reviews are something else. I saw her review of your book. This is another one on my list and it’s pushing up the list (these days I definitely need it!) Congratulations!

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