Not Guilty by Reason of Menopause

Not Guilty by Reason of Menopause

by Leigh Anne Jasheway-Bryant
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Not Guilty by Reason of Menopause by Leigh Anne Jasheway-Bryant

you might be menopausal if . . .

You buy your antiperspirant in six-packs. You hire a towel boy. You know the calcium content in a pitcher of piña coladas. You can pick your colon out of a lineup.

Tackling “the change of life” with bravery and a wry sense of humor, comedienne Leigh Anne Jasheway-Bryant celebrates the lighter (and hopefully cooler) side of menopause in this daring little book. Combining laugh-out-loud musings with retro photographs and bold graphics, Not Guilty by Reason of Menopause may make you laugh, cry, swear, sweat, binge, and steal--all at the same time. And the book doubles as a fan in a pinch.

From the Hardcover edition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781587613777
Publisher: Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony
Publication date: 03/09/2011
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 112
File size: 23 MB
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About the Author

Leigh Anne Jasheway-bryant is a humor writer, comedy instructor, stand-up comic, former radio host, and the author of fourteen books, including Bedtime Stories for Dogs and Bedtime Stories for Cats. She lives in Eugene, Oregon.


If you had a superpower, what would it be?
I do have a superpower – I can make people laugh when they’d rather cry. We all have this superpower, but I have the outfit that goes with it.

When did you know you were a writer?
When I found myself scribbling on the walls at home with a purple crayon and demanding my mother not to wipe it off because I might be famous some day and she’d be sorry.

Are you “six degrees” of separation away from anyone famous?
I’m two degrees away from Kevin Bacon! I was on The Leeza Gibbons show with Mo Gaffney who used to play the therapist on Mad About You and was on an episode in which Kevin Bacon appeared as well.

How do you cheer up when you’re feeling down?
I take my three wiener dogs and the two loaner wiener dogs from down the street for a walk. If walking five wiener dogs doesn’t put a smile on your face, you might need medication.

What did you want to be when you grew up?
Secretary of the Interior. Then I found out it didn’t involve throw pillows and wallpaper.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Copyright © 2008

Leigh Anne Jasheway-Bryant
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-58761-326-5

Chapter One You might be menopausal if ...

Your little black dress is made from TERRY CLOTH.

You know the calcium content in a pitcher of piña coladas.


You refer to your best friend as HELLO my name is What's Her Name

Ever since the doctor took you off hormones, you've been wearing a nicotine patch, a motion sickness patch, and a bicycle patch.

You add powdered fiber to beer.

Your husband dumps ice water on you, and you consider it foreplay.

You keep getting thank-you notes from the local homeless shelter for all the blankets you've donated.

Your husband has learned how to say I'm sorry in eight different languages.

You eat your frozen dinner before it thaws.

You refer to your youngest child as "MY LAST FERTILE EGG."

The pregnancy indicator stick reads, "YOUR GUESS IS AS GOOD AS MINE!"

You scare your kids more than they scare you.

You know that a Popsicle can cool you off in more ways than one.

You forget to take your vitamins but remember the name of the guy who didn't ask you to the prom.

When your husband proposes a romantic vacation, you suggest ice fishing.

Once a month you fake PMS.

Your cell phone ring tone is the theme from JAWS.

You wear a miniskirt and high heels to buy your mom's bladder control underwear so the cashiers don't think they're for you.

Your husband wears a cup to bed.

You're not getting back on your scale until gravity shifts back to normal.

You have a recipe for soybeans and wieners.

You hire a towel boy.


You know you'll never eat for two again-and that makes you hungry.

You put cayenne pepper in everything you cook so your family will stop turning up the thermostat.

You recently held up a pharmacy with a note that said, "give me all your hormones and no one gets hurt!"

Despite joining the Witness Protection Program, you've been tracked down by the AARP.

You consider sleeping to be a weight-bearing exercise.

You've done millions of stomach crunches, but only your floor is flatter.

You binge on milk, hoping the cows it came from were injected with hormones.

You criticize your mother (instead of vice versa) and she doesn't talk back!

When you say "My friend is visiting," there are actually suitcases in your guest room.

Now that there's no chance of you being pregnant, people keep asking you if you are.


Last Halloween you dressed up as Lizzy Borden.

You tell all your children they're not your favorite.

You Find the 11 g 17% Labels on 7 g 35% Chocolate Bars to Be 0 g Steamier Than 5 mg 1% Romance 25 mg 1% Novels 27 g 9%

You make candy apples with those caramel calcium chews.

You don't do extreme sports because they pale in comparison Your book club is just an excuse to sit around and drink soy milk.

You can pick your colon out of a lineup.

You could play Thelma AND Louise in the sequel.

You've discovered that there's no such thing as waterproof mascara.

You know how much ice cream it takes to get your RDA of calcium.


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Guest More than 1 year ago
I can¿t believe the timing of finding this book ¿I had just had my first hot flash and was feeling pretty depressed about the whole thing. When I started reading Leigh Anne¿s book I instantly started to feel like the whole thing was really funny and survivable. I love the fact that the pictures really crack you up and the book is such a quick, easy read but really says exactly what I¿m feeling¿especially the page that says ¿You know how much ice cream it takes to get your RDA of calcium!¿ Too funny!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It¿s hard to type with tears running down my face from laughing so hard! This book arrived in today's mail and it's fabulous! I can't wait to share it with friends and encourage them to buy it for their friends and relatives. It's hard to say which is my favorite because most of them could have been based on my personal story, but I must admit I was rather fond of the one that said, 'You wear a miniskirt and high heels to buy your mom's bladder control underwear so the cashiers don't think they're for you.'. My 88-year-old mom just moved into a nursing home so they now provide items like this. But I clearly remember a cell phone conversation I had with my mom about a year ago from the Depends aisle in Walgreen¿s confirming exactly what she wanted in terms of size, absorbency, brand, etc. It's hard to be heard when you're whispering into a cell phone to a woman who's hearing is starting to go along with a few other systems! Keep up the good work. You have so much to offer to the world in ways that make people's lives brighter. You certainly brighten mine!