Beginning with its perfect title, an inspired idea, expertly executed: Period.
(Howard Gardner, Professor of Cognition and Education, Harvard University, and author of Multiple Intelligences
"Seldom can a book stretch to accommodate both its author's and its publisher's fondest hopes: that it be original yet universal, artistic yet practical, and likely to sell briskly for centuries to come
... It is hard to imagine any woman, from the most straitlaced and body-denying to the most uninhibited and body-embracing, who will not read right through it with pure enjoyment, small flashes of recognition and the urge to buy it for every female preteen in sight... Most pieces are a few crisp paragraphs that manage to avoid both the chirpy "You are a woman now" song of the Tampax box and the lugubrious musings on blood, moons and fertility of the feminist academic... The book's great beauty
is that these themes are left unexplored. No one draws a moral (see, everyone thinks she's different!), or offers up the poet's lament that all life's landmarks spell a step to death. The reader is left alone to absorb it all in privacy." (The New York Times Abigail Zuger, MD
"Silence about the healthiest of things can make them seem shameful. My Little Red Book
turns shame into celebration." (Gloria Steinem
"Some girls dread their periods, some girls crave them, some girls think they're not normal until they get their periods, and some fear they're abnormal when they do get them. MY LITTLE RED BOOK takes a little of that mystery away, replacing it with humor and information - not just about tampons, but also about how girls in Kenya, New Zealand, Brooklyn, and Oklahoma reacted to their first visit from Aunt Flo. The book would make a good addition to a first-period kit." (Jezebel.com
"Western readers will find the global perspectives eye-opening... The authors' candor and accessibility and the extensive appended resource sections make this an obvious choice for teens... A rich, welcome collection for readers of various ages and, perhaps surprisingly, more than one gender." (Booklist
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About the Author
Jessica B. Harris is a food and travel writer, culinary historian, and author of 9 cookbooks. She lives in Brooklyn, Martha's Vineyard, and New Orleans.
Tara Donne is a food and travel photographer living in Brooklyn, New York.