3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 15, 2000
Hats off to the writers of this clever funny book - a tribute to the "female Renaissance of middle years."
In our time of complexity, woman can relish each brief chapter with its simple remedy for a menopause symptom and, most important, a joke or two. Face memory fog, hair loss and dietary crazes with fortitude and fun. Take cues from the authors on empowering the middle-aged self as they refer to "power surges" in place of "hot flashes." Laugh along, for example, during their hysterical and telling description of the "Self-Talk Committee" which stores all the psychic data with which we can and do torture ourselves: told off boss, relived breakup with past lover, gave up learning new software program.
There is more wisdom in this refreshing little book than in many self-help tomes on similar topics. What could be better for us than a reminder to rely on an old and trusting friend when the blues come on? Authors Nancy Kenyon and Lorraine D'Abate are childhood pals who have obviously time-traveled, heart-traveled and learned. Read them and you too can psychic travel to combat sleeplessness, liken night sweats to purification rituals and answer rage with a nice long walk.
Complete with charming quotes from poets and others plus appropriate social references (fancy comparing yourself to Madeleine Albright or Lauren Bacall?), Is It Hot In Here Or Is It Me? encourages us to laugh at ourselves and cherish ourselves. After all, the authors say, "self-esteem is mainly an inside job."
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2000
This book was so charming. The subject is women in menopause, but it would be a good read for men or women about just becoming comfortable in our own skin.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 13, 2000
After reading a favorable review of this title (IS IT HOT...)on BabyBoomer Headquarters website, I picked up a copy. It is an easy read, a funny read and, ultimately, an inspiring read. I guess once I face up to the fact that I, too, will go through menopause, I hope my journey will be a gentle one. If I follow some of the tips put forth by these two authors (how to control the thermostat at home, what to do when a hot flash hits at a meeting, how to channel power surges, etc), I might just have a chance at remaining sane. I do feel empowered knowing so many other women will be traveling the same road. The authors advise we be gentle with each other and I plan to do just that.
on September 30, 2000
The authors must know more about this topic than I do, but they have written about it with great humor and insight. "Do you go to bed in a flannel nightgown ...and wake up in the nude?" "Do you have more than five jars of wrinkle cream?" "Do You want to kill the supermarket cashier?" (Actually I admit to two of those, and I am not even a female.)
As you might have guessed, this is not an exhaustive, scientific analysis of menopause. It is a short, humorous look at an affliction that will strike 50% of us. Fortunately, I am in the other 50%.
Buy it for your mother; buy it for your sister; buy it for your wife... but only is she has a good sense of humor... or if she is under 30... or over 70.
on November 2, 2000
After hearing nothing but negative things about this phase of life, I was surprised and delighted to finally find something light about the subject and add this cool breeze of a book to my collection. The authors are so right in that the best way to go through this journey is with a light heart. Yes, while you trudge through this hormonal journey, it doesn't seem so funny at the time, but when you look at the whole process, it is quite entertaining and these two women have lifted us up out of the maze for a fresh look at ourselves and our plight. I am recommending this to every long menopausal face I see.