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Young women seeking straightforward answers to a broad range of health concerns will eagerly welcome this new resource, which falls somewhere in tone between the girlfriend approach of a women's magazine article and the earnest empowerment supplied by the classic go-to bible Our Bodies, Ourselves, by the Boston Women's Health Book Collective. Spencer, a journalist, and Ricciotti, a Harvard Medical School professor and practicing physician, combine their expertise in an approachable, extensive guide to high-interest health topics for younger women, from acne to stress to tattoo care to contraception. Diagrams, checklists, anecdotes, and boxes highlighting “Real Life Facts” enliven the casual text, which encourages readers to take ownership of their bodies as it provides a wealth of reliable information as well as reassurance in succinct, matter-of-fact answers: “What is great sex? You both enjoyed it. That's it!” One book can't cover everything, of course, and the authors' kitchen-sink approach makes for some odd organizational choices: information about athlete's foot, for example, is shoe-horned between sections on rape and organ donation. That's a small quibble, though, about a thorough, enlightening title that every young woman should have access to. --Gillian Engberg

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The Real Life Body Book provides readers with a single, definitive resource on the needs and functions of the body, and teaches young women good self-care practices that will help protect their future health.”
—Taste For Life, August 2010

“This book is honest, frank, smart, and easy to understand. Owning it is a must.”
—Nancy L. Snyderman, MD, NBC News chief medical editor and associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania
  
“I predict this will be the current generation’s Our Bodies, Ourselves. The awesome talents of Ricciotti and Spencer [are] brought to bear on the hardest question of the day: how to provide young women with accurate and helpful health and wellness advice that is interesting and engaging enough to want to read. They have nailed it.”
—Paul F. Levy, CEO, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
 
The Real Life Body Book is a treasure trove of information. Packed with up-to-date, accurate, and essential information for the young woman eager to know how to stay healthy and happy, it is beautifully balanced with humor and warmth.”
—Alice D. Domar, PhD, executive director, Domar Center for Mind/Body Health
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Celestial Arts; 1 edition (March 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587613573
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587613579
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,809,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Just wanted to thank you for your wonderful new book, The Real Life Body Book: A Young Woman's Complete Guide to Health and Wellness. I got it for my college-aged daughter as a birthday present. She loves the topics covered and the way all the information is presented (I do too). In my opinion, this easy-to-read, comprehensive resource on health should be on every young woman's bookshelf and, if college-bound, a top item on her checklist of "what to take to college."
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This book is an excellent reference book for all women, not just those between the ages of 21-35. It's a "must" read.
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Great book for any young woman. Very informative and easy to read. I liked it so well I ordered a second one for
one of my co workers
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By LJ on October 30, 2013
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This is a great book for young ladies. I gave it to my teenage daughter as a reliable resource! Very pleased as I expected I would be - knowledgable & down to earth authors.
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