A Boob's Life: How America's Obsession Shaped Me-and You

A Boob's Life: How America's Obsession Shaped Me-and You

by Leslie Lehr
A Boob's Life: How America's Obsession Shaped Me-and You

A Boob's Life: How America's Obsession Shaped Me-and You

by Leslie Lehr


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A Boob’s Life explores the surprising truth about women’s most popular body part with vulnerable, witty frankness and true nuggets of American culture that will resonate with everyone who has breasts—or loves them.

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Author Leslie Lehr wants to talk about boobs. She’s gone from size AA to DDD and everything between, from puberty to motherhood, enhancement to cancer, and beyond. And she’s not alone—these are classic life stages for women today.

At turns funny and heartbreaking, A Boob’s Life explores both the joys and hazards inherent to living in a woman’s body. Lehr deftly blends her personal narrative with national history, starting in the 1960s with the women’s liberation movement and moving to the current feminist dialogue and what it means to be a woman. Her insightful and clever writing analyzes how America’s obsession with the female form has affected her own life’s journey and the psyche of all women today.

From her prize-winning fiction to her viral New York Times Modern Love essay, exploring the challenges facing contemporary women has been Lehr’s life-long passion. A Boob’s Life, her first project since breast cancer treatment, continues this mission, taking readers on a wildly informative, deeply personal, and utterly relatable journey. No matter your gender, you’ll never view this sexy and sacred body part the same way again.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781643136226
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 03/02/2021
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Leslie Lehr is a prize-winning author, screenwriter, essayist, and story consultant. She is the author of 66 Laps, Wife Goes On, and What a Mother Knows, and her essays have been published in the New York Times Modern Love column and Huffington Post. She is a member of PEN, the Authors Guild, WGA, Women In Film, and the Women’s Leadership Council. She lives in Southern California.

Table of Contents

1 Obsession, 2015 1

Why America Is Obsessed With Breasts

Part I Breast Envy Girlhood

2 Daddy's Girl, 1965 11

Bra Basics

3 Live Nude Women, 1966 21

American Women in Playboy

4 History According to Breasts, 1967-1970 37

Beauty Pageants

5 Smart vs. Pretty, 1972 65

Cheerleaders: Sis Boom Breasts!

6 California Girls, 1978 85

Bare Breasts in American Film

Part II The Booby Trap Adulthood

7 From MS. to Mom, 1983 103

Breastfeeding Basics

8 Birthday Babe, 1997 129

Better Boob Jokes

9 Divorce: The "A" Word, 2004 141

Emotional Abuse

10 Boob Job, 2005 157

Breast Augmentation by the Numbers

11 Peek-A-Boob: Dating, 2006 169

Breast Censorship

12 Dressing for Sex, 2008 183

Secrets of Victoria's Secret

Part III The Breast of Everything Womanhood

13 Killer Boobs, 2012 205

US Breast Cancer Statistics

14 Chemo Chick, 2013 221

A Few Americans Diagnosed with Breast Cancer

15 How Not to Be a Role Model, 2013 253

Breast Myths and Facts

16 Picasso Boobs, 2014. 273

A Few Nicknames for Breasts

17 The Death of Daddy's Girl, 2016 287

Women's Legal Rights

18 Boobs "R" Us, 2017 305

First Females

19 The Fourth Wave 323

Acknowledgments 337

Endnotes 339

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