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Mentalpause and Other Midlife Laughs [Kindle Edition]

Laura Jensen Walker , Martha Bolton
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Do you often forget the words for common things, like "husband" or "bathtub"? Have you suddenly found sub-zero temperatures pleasant? Do you survive on chocolate supplements? Ask these questions of any woman who has been through menopause, is going through it, or is soon to hit it, and she'll say yes (and then, most likely, cry).

Laura Jensen Walker went into early menopause after her bout with cancer and can sympathize with other "mentalpause" sufferers and survivors. As in Thanks for the Mammogram!, she uses hilarious vignettes and a delightful mix of wit and wisdom to connect with her readers. With chapters about how "All Varicose Veins Lead to Rome" and "PMS Is a Picnic in the Park," this book helps women dealing with "mentalpause" and those around them gain a better understanding--and certainly a lighter attitude--about this passage of life.

Mentalpause . . . and Other Midlife Laughs will get readers laughing at themselves as they hear Laura lightheartedly describe her age spots, lament her sagging everything, and look anew at love after forty.

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Do you often forget the words for common things, like "husband" or "sink"? Have you suddenly found subzero temperatures pleasant? Are your body parts starting to move south for the winter, spring, summer . . . ? Midlife and menopause can be . . . what was I going to say? Oh yeah, they can be challenging times. But there are plenty of reasons to be thankful, too. Laura Jensen Walker went into early menopause after her bout with breast cancer. In this book, she celebrates life and helps you laugh in the midst of hot flashes and memory loss. As in her popular Thanks for the Mammogram!, Laura shares hilarious vignettes and words of wisdom from her experience and those of other women who have been there, are there, or are headed into "mentalpause." Don't worry when you find yourself entering "fuddy-duddydom" or suddenly see your mother's face in the mirror. Turn down the air-conditioning and join Laura for a lot of laughs instead. Laura Jensen Walker is a woman who approaches life with a sense of humor. She is the author of many books, including Thanks for the Mammogram! and several novels. She and her husband, Michael, live in Sacramento, California.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2000 KB
  • Print Length: 177 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00B9ZWURG
  • Publisher: Revell; Reprint edition (April 1 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007764OZW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #276,227 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wait? I?m going through some of this already! July 28 2003
I'm in my mid thirties (I think I'm starting to forget my age already) and the other day I was so stressed about a situation I forgot my own address. My husband looked at me strangely and I started to cry. HELP.
After reading this book, I'm starting to wonder. Ok, so that was PMS (right?). According to Laura, PMS is a picnic in the park and you go from PMS to perimenopause. Oh, joys.
I think Laura could survive anything in life as long as she found a way to laugh about it. She has somehow found a way to turn every bad situation in life into a joyful celebration of wit. It is quite refreshing. This is my favorite book so far.
The author of this humorous book was only forty-two when she started having hot flashes. I want to ask her if tossing your covers off in the middle of the night is a sign, but then I remember my husband turns down the air conditioning on a regular basis. According to Laura, she is always turning the air conditioning on full blast when one hits.
I love where she says: "Over the years, I've subjected Michael to plenty of unhappy PMS parties as well. Beginning in our dating days. But since he proposed marriage to me during a particularly emotional PMS attack, I figure he knew what he was getting himself into."
She discusses the joys of hair growing on your face (PCOS can do that too, or so I heard ;) after forty, the fight against mother nature and explains the very scientific and exhaustive list of Middle-Age Terms. Her "How to Take Care of Your Over-Forty Self" sounds so comforting.
The Contents Include:
Who IS that Woman in the Mirror?
The Drop Zone
PMS Is a Picnic in the Park
Thermostat Wars
I?m Havin? a Heat Wave
Playing Connect-the-Dots with My Age Spots
Of Crow?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Witty About Women's Woes July 12 2001
We've come a long way, baby, from the days of Lydia Pinkham's tonic when women didn't admit they were growing old. If you've hit mid-age with its "power surges," increased body gravity, and bearded-lady-of-the-circus syndrome, you'll find a buddy in Laura Jensen Walker. A breast cancer survivor who entered "the change" early, she knows that the ability to laugh at our bodies' "wild stuff" enables us to accept this time rather than resist it. This is not a health manual, but a humor lesson. Beneath all of Laura's joshing about the weird stuff of growing old is another story--that of a husband who is willing to help her hang on for safety as they ride the roller coaster of menopause together.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I can't WAIT for menopause, thanks to Laura! Sept. 3 2002
Thanks to Laura I am no longer dreading menopause! Laura is not only funny but wise in her writing, and she has done a delightful job of bringing the inevitability of menopause down to everyone's level. As she says, the alternative is something I'd rather not think about.
What I love about Laura's writing is that the chapters are bite-sized for busy lives. I also love her freshness and the way I can easily give her books to friends going through the same situations. Many of my friends are not Christian but they all love Laura's style and I can't help but think God's words touch people exactly where they need to hear it thanks to Laura's humor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THANK YOU, LAURA JENSEN WALKER! Aug. 5 2001
I laughed til I cried! Not only does Laura Jensen Walker relate to those women who experience menopause at the medically correct age, she also speaks to those of us who have gone thru it early in life. AND...she somehow manages to hit every avenue of it without embarassing herself or her readers! The only red face comes from the age old hot flash one may suffer thru while reading the book! There's no reason to suffer thru menopause anymore! Laura has taken that which we dreaded and made it...well, ALMOST fun! Thank you, Laura Jensen Walker for putting into words what my hot flashes have been trying to say for so long!"
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fly On the Wall. . . July 21 2001
I'm ashamed to admit that Laura Jensen Walker is a spy. Evidently she has peeped into my life, and the lives of thousands of other women who find themselves on the other side of forty. Thank God we can laugh about it together, and that is exactly what she accomplishes with "Mentalpause". "I'm normal!" I shouted, after reading Laura's hilarious first chapter. I guess I'm not going crazy after all. I'm simply a bright, maturing woman entering a new season of life called "Mentalpause". Thanks, Laura, for the laughs and an honest, humorous look at aging.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Who would think mid-life could be funny? July 17 2001
I never would have thought hot flashes and strange hormones would be funny business--then I read Mentalpause. It gave me pause for thought! Laura has a warm wit that cuts through the saccharine approach to real life issues. Looking at circumstances through Laura's eyes makes me smile at the present (and the future) rather than wishing I had the money to run to the plastic surgeon! This book is well worth the read. It made me laugh until I snorted and when I caught my breath I said, "Wow! That was deep!"
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