The Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones by Sandra Tsing Loh

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Read The Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones Online Free - 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 going through the ups and downs of a career and a relationship. She writes also about an affair and the explosion of her marriage, the pressures of keeping her daughters off Facebook while managing the legal and marital hijinks of her eighty-nine-year-old dad, and a despairing withdrawal to a tiny cabin where she combined wine and Ambien, paralyzing her arm into a claw. In one outrageous chapter, a hormonal Loh finds herself trekking to her preteen daughter’s school to confront a ten-year-old bully half her size. In another she attempts to subsist on only zero-calorie noodles and the occasional fat-free yogurt in a hopeless effort to vanquish added midlife weight.
In The Madwoman in the Volvo Loh speaks hilariously and honestly about her life as a mother, a daughter, and an artist. She recounts her journey through a tumultuous time of life, trying to maintain appearances during an epic hormonal—and that means physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual—change. The upbeat conclusion: it does get better.

Title : The Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones
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ISBN : 0393088685
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 288 pages


Trish rated it ★★☆☆☆

August 04, 2014

This was such a frustrating book! When Sandra Tsing Loh's writing is good, it's very, very good. Funny, heartfelt, interesting. But when it's bad, it's awful. I marvel that she was willing to portray herself as so entirely narcissistic. Her interesting study of the "menopause industry" gets lost...

Biblio rated it ★★★☆☆

March 10, 2014

If you or someone you live with is due for the menopause soon, I suggest you wait to read this book. Sandra Tsing Loh has not written a book to ease your mind or commiserate. She is focused on telling the most entertaining story possible of her experiences, and exaggeration is a key element. At l...

Valdez rated it ★★★★★

May 24, 2014

I love Sandra's madness. She makes lemonade out of her mid-life lemons.

Claire rated it ★★★★☆

May 09, 2014

This book gets four stars for making me laugh out loud at the adventures of one of my favorite "This American Life" storytellers, Sandra Tsing Loh. However, I also thought her adventures in menopause revealed a strangely childlike attitude toward marriage, a life partner, and Loh as the diva of h...

Patricia rated it ★★★★★

July 30, 2014

The Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones, a memoir by Sandra Tsing Loh, is hysterically funny, disturbingly dark and fiercely intelligent. Loh is a master storyteller who will captivate you with tales of her turbulent journey through perimenopause. I highly recommend the book for all...

Joy rated it ★★★★★

June 15, 2014

A rollicking ride through the crises that make up our lives as "women of a certain age": dealing with the men in our lives, coping with domestic arrangements, caring for our aging parents, managing our weight (when it used to manage itself, dammitall), and keeping our depressions from eating us a...

Melody rated it ★☆☆☆☆

June 09, 2014

I don't know why I read the whole book. I knew I hated it by the 30th page. There was some sick fascination, though, wondering what more Loh could say to make me shudder. Her tone is alternately arch and whiny, and much of her suffering can be laid at her own doorstep, in my opinion. I can't get...

Kate rated it ★★☆☆☆

July 12, 2014

Not my cup of tea. While there are some laugh out loud moments, overall I found this book to be more sad than anything. Loh has such a beautiful, privileged life and she doesn't see it. She tries to milk humor out of complaint and unnecessary drama; that is not intelligent or interesting to me. I...

Alissa rated it ★★★★☆

December 28, 2015

I don't know that I'd call her a *great* writer, like all artsy 'n' stuff, but she's funny as hell. I laughed so hard I embarrassed myself in public. Highly recommended to all my friends going through MENOPAUSE. Did I just out myself? Yes, I did. But this is probably the best guide to it I've read...

Melissa rated it ★★☆☆☆

November 06, 2015

Over the top as expected from a menopausal woman from LA. This hovered between comedy and very uncomfortable drama.

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