Shmirshky: The Pursuit of Hormone Happiness

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?Informative, engaging, and hilarious!?
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Hot flashes flashing you awake at 3 a.m.? Forgetting the names of your very own children? Don?t worry?E, the author of Shmirshky, understands how you feel.

Shmirshky is the first book of its kind?a guide to women?s midlife changes that?s quick, easy, and full of love! Reading Shmirshky is like having coffee with a hilarious friend who ...

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Overview

“Informative, engaging, and hilarious!”
—Sarah Brokaw, author of Fortytude

Hot flashes flashing you awake at 3 a.m.? Forgetting the names of your very own children? Don’t worry—E, the author of Shmirshky, understands how you feel.

Shmirshky is the first book of its kind—a guide to women’s midlife changes that’s quick, easy, and full of love! Reading Shmirshky is like having coffee with a hilarious friend who tells it straight about hormone craziness and how to get help.

Let’s face it, perimenopause and menopause are still too rarely talked about. Shmirshky turns this taboo topic into an all-inclusive page-turner.

Whether you’re a woman who’s suddenly losing her keys, her temper, and her mind, or that woman’s partner, child, or friend, Shmirshky is for you.

Suffering in silence is OUT. Reaching out is IN.

What the heck is a shmirshky?

a delicious dessert
an ancient form of yoga
a superfood
a posh baby stroller brand
a painful deep tissue massage
an automatic floor mop
a precursor to modern-day vodka
the feeling you get after eating too many French fries
a feeling of serenity and empowerment a community a movement
a name for something special that only women possess
a guide to achieving your very own version of hormone happiness
. . . well, now you’re on to something!

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Publishers Weekly
Penned with her son, Jack Dolgen, the authors arrive with an entertaining and informative account of the surprises that await the woman reaching menopause. While many writers approach the topic with reservations, or don't approach it at all, E uses word creation, substitutions, and abbreviations to add a fun factor to the sticky, often embarrassing terms. Not only does E keep the book free of filler but she also includes the practical information about menopause that many women will want to know, including instances of depression and sleeplessness, and practical advice on the importance of getting a thyroid checkup and hormone level testing. Pocked with footnotes, charts, a mini dictionary, and further reading advice, E approaches her subject like the enthusiastic leader of a self-help seminar. And anecdotes sharing the disparate menopausal experiences of E's friends and acquaintances add to the book's charm. E tackles her topic with grace, humor, and a youthful but knowledgeable attitude. By intertwining guidance and jest, she's created an unexpected page-turner. (Feb.)
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E (the pen name of Ellen Sarver Dolgen) collaborated with her son, Jack Dolgen, on this lighthearted yet informative book about menopause, revised from the self-published 2010 edition. She uses the words "shmirshky" and "erlick" to refer to female and male genitals and to women and men themselves. In a chapter titled "Shmirshky Party Alerts," E shares friends' experiences with menopause, and she includes fun "tickle-your-feet notes" as footnotes. In addition to chapters about the lack of sleep, hot flashes, and doctors, there are also sections on thyroid conditions, hormone-replacement therapy, and suggested test-result ranges. The last section includes glossaries, types of hormone therapy and brands, and a daily-symptoms chart. A resources and notes section has links to further information on menopause, the thyroid gland, researching doctors, and more. The author encourages readers to be "Sumo Free," i.e., to ignore the negative voice that brings them down, to proactively seek the right doctor for themselves, and to recognize that each woman's choice of therapy and experience with menopause is different. VERDICT This book will empower women in menopause to feel more comfortable talking about their experiences.—Rebecca Raszewski, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago Lib.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401341688
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 1/18/2011
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

"E" is the pen name of Ellen Sarver Dolgen, who wrote Shmirshky in collaboration with her son, the writer, musician and entrepreneur Jack Dolgen. Ellen was the National Deputy Treasurer of the Carter-Mondale re-election campaign; was a member of Berman and Associates, a Washington, D.C., consulting firm and served as National Finance Coordinator for U.S. Senator Henry M. Jackson's 1976 bid for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination. Ellen has continued her lifelong commitment to health and wellness through board representation, event organization, and fundraising, most recently for the Obama campaign. In May she was invited to The First Lady's Mother's Day Tea at the White House, where Michelle Obama said she needed a copy of the book now, and served on the Host Committee for DNC Women's Leadership Forum. Ellen is a founding member of Fresh Start Women's Foundation and currently serves on the Community Advisory Board of Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla.

Jack Dolgen is a writer, musician and creative entrepreneur who lives in LA. While Ellen Dolgen is the charismatic, relatable spokesperson for Shmirshky, she and Jack are a memorably funny duo and backstory to the book.

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  • Posted January 20, 2011

    Loved it!

    I received this book for review, and I have to say, I loved it. I am getting close to those menopausal years, and I now have a handy reference guide for all the things I will be going through. The book is written in such a way that you don't feel like you are bombarded with information, but it is all in there, and when you finish reading it, you will have a great understanding of the changes that occur before, during, and after menopause.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 19, 2011

    A must read!

    This book was recommended to me by a friend when I complained to her that I was having a hard time sleeping, couldn't loose the extra 10 lbs I had gained (with hardly any effort) and remembering anything was impossible unless I wrote it down..At 39 I thought it was all due to the fact I was raising 2 young kids. it didn't occur to me that it would have anything to with raging hormones! This book was more than enlightening and filled with useful resources, it was HILARIOUS!! It's been passed along many times now and helpful to all that read it. ENJOY!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 19, 2011

    Life Changing!

    I have read several books in the past on Menopause. They were all very technical and hundreds of pages long...Shmirshky is the first book of it's kind...A fun, fast, witty read chocked full of solid advice and resources. The best part is that the men in your life find it interseting to read and very helpful in understanding the challenges we face during our pursuit of hormone happiness!

    Barbara B
    Coronado, California

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 28, 2012

    Disappointed with format

    I did enjoy most of the content of this book, but I find the E format to be useless for parts of it. The Daily Symptoms Chart on my Nook is not legible and useless the way it is spread across 2 pages. I contacted both Barnes and Noble and the author via email a few weeks ago to see if a properly formatted chart is available. So far I have not received a reply from either. I recommend staying with the paper print edition.

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