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The Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones

The Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones

by Sandra Tsing Loh


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From an “imaginatively twisted and fearless” writer (Los Angeles Times), a hilarious memoir of middle age.

In a voice that is wry, disarming, and totally candid, Sandra Tsing Loh tells the moving and laugh-out-loud tale of her roller coaster through "the change." This is not your grandmother's menopause story. Loh chronicles utterly relatable, everyday perils: raising preteen daughters, weathering hormonal changes, and the ups and downs of a career and a relationship. She writes also about an affair and the explosion of her marriage, while managing the legal and marital hijinks of her eighty-nine-year-old dad. The upbeat conclusion: it does get better.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393351095
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 05/04/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Sandra Tsing Loh is a writer and performer. Her work has been heard on NPR’s Morning Edition and This American Life. Her book The Madwoman in the Volvo was a New York Times Notable Book of 2014. Loh lives in Pasadena, California.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Gloomings 13

Burning Woman 21

Bridges 37

Menopause, Old 42

Menopause, New 50

Life in the (Happiness) Projects 61

Gym Dandy 82

A Brief Discussion of Manopause 91

Parenting Adolescents During Perimenopause, or Medieval Times 94

Bench Warrant for My Father's Arrest 114

Losing It 127

The Shit Hits the Fan 143

Couples Therapy Round 117 164

Rental Dog 173

House Cat 175

The Sudden Death of My Father 196

The Caregiver's Journey 201

Ladies of the Lake 203

The Great Retreat 210

Dinner at Home 224

Dr. Valerie 227

The Wisdom of Menopause 230

The Contents of My In-box 244

Turning Fifty 247

Old Lady Running 265

Menopause Tips 270

Acknowledgments 281

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