March 20, 2009

Guest post, review and giveaway: My Little Red Book by Rachel Kauder Nalebuff

WINNER: Jennifer in Mississippi

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When I learned Reading With Monie was going to be a part of Ms. Nalebuff's blog tour I asked her the question, "What's the weirdest story you received while collecting stories for your book?" and her response is below.

This is tough. There are many contenders. There is one surreal story about a girl who dreams about being impregnated and having five children. And, strangely enough, she wakes up to discover her first period!

I recently received a fictional story written from the perspective of a settler, traveling westwards towards California. Her family decides to build a home on the exact spot where she first bleeds.

I’m not sure exactly what to do with the story, but I like the idea! Something tells me, though, that settlers would not have been that enthusiastic about periods. I mean, getting your period on the road back in the 1800’s must have been a huge pain, right? And they didn’t even have tampons!

Rachel Kauder Nalebuff

RACHEL KAUDER-NALEBUFF is a recent graduate of Choate Rosemary Hall, and will soon attend Yale University. In Choate's annual Pratt-Packard oratory contest, she adapted her own first-period experience and other stories from MY LITTLE RED BOOK to an audience of 1,000 classmates: "This is a speech about first periods, and I don't mean your 8:00 AM class," the speech began. The inspiration to begin collecting first period stories arose out of a conversation with her mother.

Of course this post would not be complete if I didn't share my own first period experience....

I was thirteen and from what I recall I don't think my mom had talked to me about my period. I'd seen her pads in the bathroom and asked about it but never got a real answer. I found out years later that best friend had started her period a year earlier but she was too embarrassed to tell me so I had no clue what getting your period meant.

Growing up I was a real tomboy and one sunny afternoon I was cruising the neighborhood on my bike when I hit a pot hole. My feet fell off the pedals, I slipped off the seat and my poor little "flower" hit the pole in the middle of the bike. I was sore and embarrassed as quite a few of my friends saw me but thought no more of the accident and went on my way.

A couple of mornings later I woke up to find my underwear full of blood. I just knew it was because my bike incident and being a tomboy meant I had plenty of experience cleaning and bandaging my numerous cuts and scratches. So I washed out my underwear, took a shower, put a wad of toilet paper in my underwear went on with my day (I'm glad I didn't try to bandage my "flower", lol).

The day wore on and after I went through a couple of toilet paper changes I started to worry. The blood wasn't stopping as it usually did. I finally gathered up my courage and told my mom about the incident on my bike. I let her know that I thought it was pretty serious and I might need stitches because it won't stop bleeding. She busted up laughing and told me, "You just started your period."

My Little Red Book is a cute and quick read. The stories range from one sentence to a couple of pages. I liked knowing that I wasn't the only young girl who had no clue what was going on and promise that if I ever have a daughter I'll be sure to give her a heads up. This is a great book to share with the women in your life.

To enter to win a copy of My Little Red Book simply leave a comment on this post and the best part is you don't even have to share your first period story. LOL

The giveaway is open worldwide and I will draw a winner on Tuesday March 24th.

Good Luck!


Shooting Stars Mag said...

Aw, your story is so cute but how awful at the same time!! I really think this would be an interesting book to read.

Please enter me.


valerie2350 said...

Thank you for sharing.

Thank you for NOT requiring me to share.

Thank you for entering me :)

KR said...

At first, I didn't didn't I'd be interested in this book. But the more reviews and interviews I read, the more I think I would enjoy it!

loves6cats said...

I am very interested to read this book as I have seen several reviews. This is an outstanding young woman to have undertaken something like this as well as to be donating the proceeds. Thanks for the chance to enter.

Unknown said...

I'd like to read this.


Unknown said...

with 5 girls, I think I really need to win this book :)
stampedwithgrace at cox dot net

Unknown said...

Count me in:)


Anonymous said...

Would love a chance at this Monie as have seen lots of interest in it. Thanks for not having the other requirement :D

Simply Stacie said...

I'd love to read this book.I'm glad that I don't have to share my first period story :)

Vikke said...

As I am 62 years old I lived through the years when absolutely no one discussed this tender subject! In fact we did not even want to mention the period at the end of a sentence for fear of the possible connection to "The Other". I think I need to read this so I can laugh about my generations adversity to this huge piece of a womans existence and sometimes it needs to be wept about. Thanks for the review.

Ladytink_534 said...

I'm sure glad I had warning! I started when I was 11 though. I think if I win you should give my copy to Vikke though!

Anonymous said...

i have to agree with Lauren, both cute and awful at the same time. Sounds like a "fun" read.

Anita Yancey said...

Sounds like a real fun book. I would love to read it. Please enter me.


MookieJ said...

Looks like a fun read! Count me in for the giveaway :) Tahnks for the chance to win!

Martha Eskuchen said...

Looks like this would be an interesting and cute (?) read. Thanks for sharing and a chance to win!

linett said...

sounds like a good read, thanks