Book Club

Books recommended by Minnie Pauz

Book  Club

The books listed here are HAND-PICKED by Dee Adams 
especially for Minnie Pauz fans. You can bet they're not just "run of the mill" selections!


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Suzanne Somers

SUZANNE SOMERS is the author of twenty-two books, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Sexy Forever, Knockout and Ageless, and the Times bestsellers Breakthrough; Keeping Secrets, Eat Great, Lose Weight; Get Skinny on Fabulous Food; Eat, Cheat and Melt the Fat Away; Suzanne Somers' Fast and Easy; and The Sexy Years.  Somers can be seen in her weekly talk show, The SUZANNE Show, on the Lifetime Network and in Suzanne Somers Breaking Through, her YouTube internet talk show hosted by CafeMom. Visit for more information on her shows, products, and her phenomenally successful weight loss plan, Sexy Forever.


Bombshell: Explosive Medical Secrets That Will Redefine Aging

Are you ready to rethink and redefine your approach to aging? This powerhouse book tells you how to go from dreading it to making it the greatest passage of your life!

Dubbed a health pioneer by the Wall Street Journal and called “crazy smart” by Dr. Mehmet Oz, Suzanne Somers has repeatedly opened up new terrain to health seekers worldwide. And now, with Bombshell, she does it again. Acting like your personal medical detective, she has found the most advanced scientists, doctors, and health professionals and gotten them to share jaw-dropping advances that will stop deterioration and set you on the path to restoration and healthy longevity.

By taking advantage of these new bombshell advancements, you can live longer than ever with great quality of life, and experience a different way to age: with great health, strong bones, vitality, a working brain, and sizzling sexuality. All of it is yours for the taking if you are willing to make some simple, effective changes.

In Bombshell you will learn about explosive medical secrets utilizing the groundbreaking technologies of today, or the very near future, that will allow us all to truly maintain the fountain of youth.

Knockout: Interviews with Doctors Who Are Curing Cancer--And How to Prevent Getting It in the First Place

In Knockout, Suzanne Somers interviews doctors who are successfully using the most innovative cancer treatments—treatments that build up the body rather than tear it down. Somers herself has stared cancer in the face, and a decade later she has conquered her fear and has emerged confident with the path she's chosen. Now she shares her personal choices and outlines an array of options from doctors across the country.

Since prevention is the best course, Somers' experts provide nutrition, lifestyle, and dietary supplementation options to help protect you from getting the disease in the first place. Whichever path you choose, Knockout is a must-have resource to navigate the life-and-death world of cancer and increase your odds of survival.  After reading stunning testimonials from inspirational survivors using alternative treatments, you'll be left with a feeling of empowerment and something every person who is touched by this disease needs…hope.

Ageless: The Naked Truth About Bioidentical Hormones

What if you could really feel better as you get older, or age without illness? What could be better than having your doctor tell you that you have the bones of a twenty-year-old, or the heart of a thirty-year-old? Follow the advice in Ageless, and you’ll discover your own internal fountain of youth! In this #1 New York Times bestseller, Suzanne Somers reveals the secrets to a younger, healthier, and sexier you. 

Jam-packed with updated information on bioidentical hormone replacement and antiaging, Ageless will change your life forever.

Sexy Forever: How to Fight Fat after Forty 
Breakthrough: Eight Steps to Wellness

MENOPAUSE IN MANHATTAN by Anne Kleinberg This captivating story offers an insider's eye into a world of publishing, interior design, fashion and food. As Elie Sands turns 50, she seems to have it all - a fabulous job as editor of an interior design magazine, a handsome, rich husband and two lovely daughters. She lives in a Central Park co-op and owns a home in the Hamptons. Her close friends are: Syd - the stunning 60 year-old who lives in the penthouse and follows her instincts without a care for the opinions of others, and Michael - the gay designer who is fastidious, flamboyant and wildly entertaining. Life in the middle-aged lane seems to be gliding along just fine for these three Manhattanites, until bad news arrives. How they cope with their individual challenges and reassess their future is the essence of this novel, told in a witty and insightful manner.


 The Big “M” is really three books in one: Part One is a horror story and illuminates the Big “M” itself— the Change (and how we can help ourselves through it.) Part Two is a Flash-Back - a look back at what we learned in the first half of life that may help us navigate the second half. Part Three is a full-fledged coming–of–age story where we begin the process of becoming the women we wish to be. Order yours now!

Dee's Review: We all need to be able to peek into other women's lives to see how we measure up, not so much for our style or success, but just to feel that we're normal! You will find yourself in The Big "M" and it will give you comfort to know you're still part of the human race and not becoming what we formerly called an "alien", in will find that you've become what we all want to be--a goddess!


THE MENOPAUSE MAKEOVER: The Ultimate Guide to Taking Control of Your Health and Beauty During Menopause (Harlequin; February 2010; $16.95), written by Staness Jonekos with Wendy Klein, M.D., offers women all the information they need to reclaim their lives during menopause. The book's innovative, user-friendly format, which includes checklists, to-do lists, and places to journal, set goals and track progress, gives a woman the tools she needs to look and feel better in just three months. Drawing on the latest scientific evidence for alternative, complimentary and medical treatment options, and providing easy-to-understand explanations of what is happening to her changing body and mind, information on treatment options, and advice on nutrition, beauty, exercise, sex, and motivation geared specifically for the menopausal woman, THE MENOPAUSE MAKEOVER is the ultimate survival guide to mid-life change.


In Search of the Menopause Ranch (Paperback)~ Deborah Vaughn

Kimberly is at the point where every day just looks like more of the same and at 45, she knows she's too young to feel that way. She wakes up in a strange place with even stranger people and begins a mid-life adventure like no other. Menopause Spirit Guides Belladonna Morose and Mea Culpeppa set about to remind her of the secrets of the ages women have known since the world was new! This is a mystical place where dreams and memories rush in to explain themselves. It takes a while, but Kimberly and the other mortal women are thirsting for this knowledge and to find their place in the future of the planet! Time seems to stand still as each goes on her own journey of self-discovery through encounters with the Goddess and the lives of each other. Here they discover what's missing - what they almost forgot about themselves and their gifts. Come to the Menopause Ranch and discover your destiny.


You're Not Crazy It's Your Hormones  The Hormone Diva's Workbook by Larrian M. Gillespie, MD

This book will take you step by step through a complete hormonal workup. With a hefty dollop of knowledge, a pinch of guidance and a twist of determination, every woman can learn the secrets to balancing her hormones.

Dee's Review: Women who know Larrian through her website and books appreciate her straightforward and direct approach to helping women understand what is REALLY going on with their bodies. The trust continues with "You're Not Crazy..." 



Whether you're trying to change your eating habits, lose weight, launch a new career, or even become a better parent, the journey we're about to describe will show you that, when you dream big, set goals, work hard, refuse to quit, and let passion be your guide, just about anything is possible. We'll also explain how Eat, Shrink ? Be Merry! came to be, and why we believe, with all our hearts, that this book can help you to feel better, look better, and cook better! If you're one of the millions of people who doesn't have a clue what to eat anymore (Are carbs okay? Will fat make me fat? Is protein a magic weight-loss aid?), we can help. We want to help! But first, we'd like you to get to know us a little better. What would possess two Polish sisters from St. Thomas, Ontario, to mix pots and pans with pens and puns in an effort to improve people's eating habits? Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale…

Read about the book here

Dee's Review: I really enjoyed reading this cookbook from front to back and I haven't even tried any of the recipes yet! I'm quite sure my readers (menopausal women) will enjoy it because of the healthy aspects of the recipes. At this time in life, we all need something that is satisfactory to the tastebuds but gentle on the waistline. Each recipe gives the calorie count as well as the, fat, carbs, protein, etc., for those who are detail oriented (not me!). I enjoyed the humor (cartoons and clever writing) and the helpful tips and facts. 


The 30-Day Natural Hormone Plan: Look and Feel Young Again-Without Synthetic HRT by Erika Schwartz PAPERBACK VERSION! 
Schwartz (The Hormone Solution), a practicing physician specializing in natural hormones, provides a 30-day program that relies on the use of natural hormones to alleviate menopausal symptoms such as lack of libido, bone loss, insomnia and depression that often beset women.

Dee's Review: You're going to love this book. Finally, we have a step-by-step, day-by-day plan to sort out and address the hormonal issues! Also see The Hormone Solution (below) by Dr. Schwartz.


Feelin’ Hot? A Humorous, Informative and Truthful Look at Menopause 
by Rebecca Hulem 
Rebecca Hulem has excelled in the field of women’s health for over twenty-eight years. Her career has included positions as a registered nurse, Ob/Gyn nurse practitioner, certified menopause clinician, and certified nurse midwife. In 2003, Rebecca left the corporate world to start her own business as a dynamic speaker and author on the subject of menopause.  She has traveled throughout the United States and Canada speaking professionally to women of all ages on how to stay healthy and sane in spite of their hormones.  With a reputation as a caring, nurturing and informed woman who is truly passionate about helping other women find answers to their health issues, Ms. Hulem has truly connected with her core audience. 
Dee's Review: You will LOVE this book!



  Is it Hot in Here? Or is it me? The Complete Guide to Menopause (Paperback) by Barbara Kantrowitz, Pat Wingert Kelly 
From Publishers Weekly 
Workman's (publisher) enviable success with the classic pregnancy "bible" What to Expect When You're Expecting has no doubt sparked this guide, which claims to do for those at midlife what Heidi Murkoff's series has done for pregnant women. The company has tapped two respected Newsweek health writers for this map to everything a woman might encounter before, during and after menopause. An attractive, user-friendly format with sidebars, charts, illustrations and q?as guides readers through hundreds of pages of material. Chapters progress from the basics (types of menopause, onset and duration, testing); hormonal changes and their impact on sleep, sex, moods and memory; and lifestyle (diet, exercise, stress); to heart and bone health, cancer, treatment options and medications. As Wingert and Kantrowitz point out, we've come a long way from when symptoms associated with menopause included "uncontrollable peevishness" and "perversion of moral instincts," yet many women remain reticent about their experiences, fear aging and feel incapable of the new challenges presented by their bodies along with the rest of their obligations. Such readers will welcome Wingert and Kantrowitz's inclusion of suggestions for self-care and their positive focus on what, they say, can be a healthy and productive time in a woman's life.



Jane Fonda, Judy Collins, and Isabel Allende are in their juicy years. So are a Midwest banker and Boston professor, a therapist who became a Mexican inn-keeper, an empty nester who took up Contra dancing.

Author Susan Swartz likes to call this model of the new fifty-plus woman a Juicy Tomato, someone who enjoys her lushness, and, to push the metaphor, squeezes the most from life. The generation of women who fought to have a career, guilt-free sex, and their say in all things now insists on the right to make the second half of life as meaningful and ground-breaking as the first.

Dee's Review: After reading this second book by Susan (see 1st below), I've realized that not only am I juicy AND ripe, I've been marinating long enough! No more excuses! I'm gonna get out there and LIVE! I would be happy to call any one of the women in this book, 'Sister.' Susan knows how to bring the 'juice' out of each of us!


Juicy Tomatoes : Plain Truths, Dumb Lies, and Sisterly Advice About Life After 50 
by Susan Swartz 
In the old hard-boiled movies, a "tomato" was a woman with attitude, a dame who could take care of herself, an exuberant wisecracker with a zest for life. Susan Swartz, who started accelerating when she hit 50 and hasn't looked back, set out across the country to find dozens of women from her generation and older whose humor, savvy, and determination have brought that old meaning back to life. She weaves their voices into a frank discussion of hot flashes, children, sex, denial, and "those funny things on your neck." It's a support group, a handbook, and a chorus of supportive friends, all rolled into one. 
Dee's Review: This is a REALLY enjoyable book!  I guarantee you will get a feeling of "empowerment" after reading this. Not only a great title, but a great read!


30 Days to Sanity Create a Life You Love! by Stephanie Marston 
What would you do with an extra 5 hours/week to play with your kids? What would you do if you had an hour a day for yourself? How would your life be different if you ate when you were hungry, slept when you were tired and honored your body, your needs and your Self? How would your life be different if you made time to exercise regularly, made a regular date with your best girlfriend? What would you do if you had a regular date with your husband, boyfriend or partner to catch up and reconnect? Get it now and Take the Journey to Reduce Stress and Take Charge of Your Life!

Dee's Note: Stephanie could not have contacted me about this at a better time! Dealing with some non-threatening but stressful health issues, some challenging financial problems and some heartbreaking situations with one of my children, I truly needed to hear the kind of advice and encouragement this licensed Family Therapist. who has more than 25 years' experience in women's issues, midlife and parenting. gives in these cd's. Do yourself a favor...take a look, read some of the articles and listen to a sample. You won't be sorry!



The mother-daughter relationship is one of the most powerful in our lives. Starting even before birth, it impacts our lifelong physical health and emotional well-being. All women--whether they have children or not--can learn to better understand and improve this crucial connection with Dr. Christiane Northrup's groundbreaking book, Mother-Daughter Wisdom, on sale in paperback today. 


Bring It On! Women Embracing Midlife takes a fresh, upbeat approach to the transition women make at midlife, guiding you on the path to living a productive life with passion and purpose - no matter what your age! Author Christine Carter Schaap prepares you for the changes and unique challenges you face as a midlife woman and helps you make positive, life-changing choices for flourishing during the second half of life. Filled with real-life stories to motivate and inspire you, Bring It On! lays the groundwork for living an authentic, fulfilling and abundant life. "Powerful and can really change your life!"  

Dee's Review: I never get tired of hearing about other women like myself who are determined to create the kind of life they can wrap around themselves (and those who know them) to bring about comfort, joy and happiness. They won't settle for mediocre lives and THAT is what is so inspiring about Christine's book, "Bring It On!". I really like this book!


In The Queen of My Self, Donna Henes proposes a completely original paradigm -- that of the midlife Queen, a woman in her prime who has achieved wisdom, mastery, and self-esteem -- that reflects more accurately the realities and needs of women today. Henes draws on history, mythology, and literature, her own life experience, as well as stories from women in many different societies, situations and stations to provide upbeat, practical, and ceremonial inspiration for all women who want to enjoy the fruits of an influential, passionate, and powerful maturity.

Dee's Review: We all need to take "Queen Lessons" from Donna and this book is my recommendation for every woman to learn from! Order this book and get yourself a crown, you'll be "ruling" in no time!


Living Well with Menopause by Dr. Carolyn Chambers Clark 


The Botox Diaries by Lynn Schnurnberger and Janice Kaplan 
In a world where plastic surgery is as popular as a pair of sexy Manolo Blahniks, suburban single mom Jessica Taylor is trying to make it past forty with nothing more than moisturizer and a swipe of mascara. Her glamorous best friend, TV producer Lucy Baldor, has a different idea of aging gracefully.


Dee's Review: It's really tough to lay this book down! It's fun, it's funny, it's full of surprises as these girlfriends manuever their way through the same midlife obstacles most of us encounter. No matter what your age, you will relate and be entertained!

Chicken Soup to Inspire a Woman's Soul : Stories Celebrating the Wisdom, Fun and Freedom of Midlife (Chicken Soup for the Soul) by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Stephanie Marston 
This inspiring collection is for the 50 million American women who are finding renewed joy, passion and meaning in their lives. Demi Moore’s doing it. Oprah’s doing it. Joan Lunden’s doing it. These are just a few of the 50 million American women who are celebrating the prime of their lives by redefining themselves. This feel-good book celebrates the growing sisterhood of women who are embracing life, realizing that the best years are ahead of them.

Dee's Review: This is "Minnie Pauz's" first (but not last) appearance in the Chicken Soup books. Can you find which VERY popular cartoon was chosen for this book? :)


In WAYS TO HELP YOUR MATE THROUGH MENOPAUSE, Ann Wilson has discovered that she has choices and options. She chose not to give in to the demons that tried to take control of her body. Even though she realizes that without her faith in God and the love and compassion from her mate, she would not have come to this point in her life. Every woman and man, old and young, should read this book. 

To order: Send a check for 14.99 plus 2.00 shipping to: 
TravelSound Communications , P.O.Box 17953, Chicago. Illinois. 60617 Attn:  Annie Wilson


The Revival Slim and Beautiful Diet: For Total Body Wellness (Hardcover) 
by Aaron Tabor (Author), Suzanne Tabor (Author) 
"The Revival Slim and Beautiful Diet" book, co-authored by Dr. Tabor and his mother Suzanne, encompasses unique and tangible research-based guidelines to help dieters achieve maximum, long-term results. The eight-chapter book not only highlights the physical steps needed to successfully diet, but it also touches upon the psychological aspects. Chapter three, entitled "The Ten Psychological Commandments of Permanent Weight Loss," addresses the deeper meanings of dieting and helps consumers become mentally determined for permanent weight loss. When the principles learned from the aforementioned chapter are paired with the more actively involved guidelines in such chapters as "The Fifteen Physical Laws of Accelerated Weight Loss," and "Put A Tiger In Your Tank...Energize Me!" dieters are guaranteed to experience a lasting "inside-out nutritional makeover."


It's Only Too Late If You Don't Start Now by Barbara Sher 
New York Times bestselling author Barbara Sher has transformed the lives of millions with her phenomenally successful books, workshops, and television appearances. Now, in a work that explores and demystifies one of life's most challenging and bewildering passages, she shatters the myth that turns midlife into a crisis and offers a bold new strategy for creating a new life after forty.

Dee's Review: Once you find Barbara Sher, you'll finally feel someone "gets it"! I was amazed at this woman's insight and am recommending that everyone read this book! You will finally understand what "midlife" is all about and how to make this time the best ever!


Changing Course: Women's Inspiring Stories of Menopause, Midlife, and Moving Forwardby Yitta Halberstam 
Perimenopause. Menopause. Midlife. For the women in Changing Course, these words imply much more than something to "get through" or even as a "silent passage"-it's a time for great self-reflection, exciting adventures, and new beginnings. Compiled by Yitta Halberstam-the author of the multimillion-selling Small Miracles series-Changing Course delivers an entirely new message about menopause and midlife. This superlative work features sixty rich stories from women of diverse backgrounds and experience that capture the laughter and joyous tears of this important time in a woman's life. 
Dee's Review: As usual, it's always reassuring to real about other women and their experiences that resonate with our own. You will find new "sisters" in this book, including my own story. 

THE HOT FLASH CLUB by Nancy Thayer 
Meet Fay, Shirley, Marilyn, and Alice. Four women with skills, smarts, and secrets--all feeling over the hill and out of the race. But in a moment of delicious serendipity, they meet and realize they share more than raging hormones and lost dreams. Now as the Hot Flash Club, where the topics of motherhood, sex, and men are discussed with double servings of chocolate cake, they vow to help each other ... and themselves.

Dee's Review: This was a great book! It's fiction, but these characters are REAL. I'm sure each and every one of you will find bits of yourself as you read. I hear from the author that she's starting on the second book with the same characters--I can't wait!

The Sexy Years : Discover the Hormone Connection: The Secret to Fabulous Sex, Great Health, and Vitality, for Women and Men by SUZANNE SOMERS 
Menopause is a complicated business. Medical issues vary widely and treatment options seem endless--especially in the wake of bad news about hormone replacement. While The Sexy Years isn't meant to supply you with a specific program of daily supplements, Suzanne Somers does offer an excellent inspiration to march forth and take control of this stage of health. Much of the book covers her own experience of menopause, including some detail on her breast cancer ordeal. She advocates the use of natural, bioidentical hormonal replacement, available through a variety of creams and supplements--it's a rare page that doesn't gush about the power of these substances or raise negative issues about the use of synthetic hormones. 

Serenity in Motion: Inner Peace: Anytime, Anywhere by Nancy O'Hara 
Too often we spend our days racing to catch up, growing frustrated at delays, and worrying obsessively about the future. Instead, we can choose to shift our attitude, to still our minds, to transform everyday challenges into opportunities for growth, gratitude, and joy.

Whether you are driving in rush-hour traffic, stuck in the grocery checkout line, facing looming deadlines, or struggling with relationships, SERENITY IN MOTION can help you learn to meet each moment as it comes.

Not Your Mothers' Midlife : A Ten Step Guide To Fearless Aging 
by Marilyn Kentz, Nancy Alspaugh 
The authors celebrate the fact that today's women can be more powerful, more efficient, more capable, and even more desirable as they age. In Not Your Mother's Midlife, readers will find 10 practical recommendations to help women face middle age with confidence and a positive attitude.

Dee's Review: A fabulous read! This book is not only entertaining and informative, but also inspiring. The personal stories in each well organized chapter will make you feel like you've found some of your long lost girlfriends. It's humorous and realistic and profound, all put together with a sense of true understanding of the midlife experience. An added bonus is the CD that comes with the book that offers help with meditation and visualization. A nice touch!

An hour long video dedicated to the idea that women love to watch and listen to other women like themselves grapple with ideas about the big things that happen to us around the time of
M E N O P A U S E 
by Kathleen Laughlin 
For Ordering information go HERE

Dee's Review: I really like this video and watch it again every few months when I feel the need to "regroup" and "realign" my thoughts and my life. It's very soothing in a way I can't quite explain.

Honey, They Shrunk My Hormones: Humor and Insight from the Trenches of Midlife 
by Caron Loveless 
Maybe you're one of those women whose mother failed to mention certain anxiety-producing and heat-generating experiences now altering your life - or the life of someone you know. In "Honey, They Shrunk My Hormones" Caron Chandler Loveless uses humor, lots of it, to inspire and encourage women approaching or in the midst of midlife.

Dee's Review: Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! Caron really hits the nail on the head with this funny and very honest book. Everyone needs to read this one!

Prescription for Nutritional Healing: The A-To-Z Guide to Supplements 
by Phyllis A. Balch, James F. Balch 
Prescription for Nutritional Healing, now in its third edition, has long been America's bestselling book on natural health, with nearly 6 million copies in print. Prescription for Nutritional Healing: The A-to-Z Guide to Supplements draws on that respected resource to present authoritative information about some three hundred fifty of the most important supplements available today in a handy, pocket-sized format. Revised and expanded from the first edition, which sold nearly 400,000 copies, it covers how these supplements work, how to use them, and what to look for when choosing supplement products. Here is a straightforward, easty-to-understand guide to vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, antioxidants, phytochemicals, herbs, and more. 

Dee's Review: I have not read this book, but from the reviews by my subscribers and others on the Amazon site, this seems to be one that we all should have!

The Greatest Experiment Ever Performed on Women: Exploding the Estrogen Myth 
by Barbara Seaman 
In June 2002, a large, randomized study of a synthetic estrogen was stopped early because the risks to the postmenopausal women involved were outweighing the benefits, and many women who had been taking estrogen for years were left confused and angry. Seaman, a veteran women's health journalist (The Doctor's Case Against the Pill; Women and the Crisis in Sex Hormones), reminds readers that these findings are just the latest twist in the long and fascinating history of estrogen therapy.

Dee's Comments: I haven't had the chance to read this book yet, but there's a very indepth review by a New York Times journalist HERE

Before the Change : Taking Charge of Your Perimenopause 
by Ann Louise Gittleman, Jonathan V. Wright 
With this essential do-it-yourself program, you can say good-bye to hormone havoc and sail through your perimenopause, the period of about ten years leading up to menopause, by understanding and controlling its symptoms.

Dee's Review: This book was written in 1999, but is getting new life after the author was a guest on the Dr. Phil Show. Because Gittleman is a nutritionist, her approach to hormonal issues have withstood the test of time. You still have to be cautious about expecting everything she suggests to work for everyone, but it's worth reading for sure!

What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Fibroids : New Techniques and Therapies --Including Breakthrough Alternatives to Hysterectomy by Scott C. Goodwin, Michael S. Broder, David Drum 
Two fibroid experts reveal the little-known facts about preventing and treating fibroid tumors--without surgery. Fibroid tumors are the leading reason why more than 500,000 American women have hysterectomies each year. Fibroids are benign tumors that arise from the smooth muscle layer of the uterus. As they grow larger, they can put pressure on neighboring organs and tissues, causing pain, bleeding, and fertility problems in many women. Unfortunately, many women are not informed of their full treatment options by their physicians. At last, leading experts in the field explain preventive strategies and treatment choices. This book takes readers step-by-step, detailing what every woman needs to know and describing up-to-date medical treatment options, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each.

Dee's Review: Women have needed a book like this for YEARS so they could make informed decisions about hysterectomies. It gives us information on options and treatments other than surgery. 

The Wisdom of Menopause: Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing During the Change by Christiane Northrup 
Menopause doesn't have to be a dreaded curse of aging during which we can look forward only to hot flashes and whacked-out hormonal mood swings. According to Christiane Northrup, M.D. (Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom), menopause often marks the beginning of a woman's most sexually passionate, creatively inspired, and professionally productive phase of life.

Dee's Review: This book consistently gets mixed reviews (as did her appearance on Oprah), but continues to be a favorite choice for women who are starting to notice some symptoms. The most frequent complaint is that Northrup seems a bit "new agey" and esoteric when coming from a medical doctor.

Now updated with the latest major medical studies, which raise troubling questions about estrogen replacement for millions of women, No Hormones, No Fear is an indispensable primer for women confronting the thicket of conflicting information about whether or not to choose hormones during menopause. Trisha Posner, through her own inspiring story, shows that today’s modern women finally have choices and can empower themselves by taking control of their health and lives. 

Dee's Note: In this updated version of Trisha's book, she has done a lot of work for us by providing detailed information that will help each of us make informed decisions about what to do to get our lives (and hormones) back in balance.

DOUBLE MENOPAUSE: What To Do When Both You And Your Mate Go Through Hormonal Changes Together  by Nancy Cetel, MD  
The first book to explore the phenomenon of simultaneous female and male menopauses and how they often undermine stable relationships. In DOUBLE MENOPAUSE, Dr. Cetel explains that only recently was it discovered that men suffer their own version of a midlife change, and even the most solid relationship can crumble under the weight of hormonal change.

Dee's Review: After all the heart breaking emails I receive about how menopause is playing havoc with relationships, I am very happy to see this book by Dr. Cetel that will open the eyes of BOTH partners and could save many marriages during the process!

Dr. Susan Love's Menopause ? Hormone Book This fully revised and updated version of the New York Times Bestseller Dr. Susan Love's Hormone Book includes the latest information on the new hormone replacement therapy studies, expert advice on whether or not to go on hormone replacement therapy and, if so, for how long, how to taper off hormones, and alternative methods for treating the symptoms of menopause. 

The Hormone Solution: Naturally Alleviate Symptoms of Hormone Imbalance from Adolescence Through Menopause by Erika Schwartz 
Dr. Erika Schwartz is a former trauma doctor who for the last 20 years has been specializing in natural hormones. Hormones, she writes, are essential to our health, but synthetic hormones are "foreign or synthetic substances processed and manufactured from chemicals or animal products in a laboratory. They bear little resemblance to hormones our bodies naturally make." 

New Menopausal Years, The Wise Woman Way: Alternative Approaches for Women 30-90 (Wise Woman Herbal Series, Book 5) by Susun S. Weed 
The menopause "bible" for 350,000 women who've chosen strong bones and healthy hearts without recourse to hormones. A treasure trove of accessible, reliable, non-drug remedies.

Dee's Review: Susun Weed is one of the few people who has been given respect by the media, even without a medical degree! Thank Heavens for that! If you want to know the truth about which minerals, herbs and vitamins are best for you and why, you've got to read Susun's books.

The Menopause Diet: by Larrian Gillespie 
The Menopause Diet is the first book to deal with the #1 complaint of women entering menopause, providing scientific proof that women must eat differently from men if they want to lose weight and keep it off. This book will explain why women may be digging their grave with their own teeth when they eat a high carbohydrate, low protein diet and how stress and lack of sleep can make you fat. 
Dee's Review: Excellent, straight-forward information for those who are tired of the "beating around the bush" answers given by many doctors. Dr. Gillespie gives you an insight into why we gain weight in midlife and what we can do about it.  

Burn Fat for Fuel : With the Revolutionary ''Live It or Diet" System 
Donna Michaels-Surface has been researching fitness and nutrition for over 20 years, and has served as the fitness director for a number of health clubs. She has developed and supervised the fitness and nutrition programs for corporations as well as programs for competitive and professional athletes. And she has produced and performed in her own TV program on fitness and health. Her system really works!

ILLUSTRATED by Dee Adams!  Buy this book and get not only laughs from "Minnie", but a fabulous program developed especially for US!

If Not Now, When? Reclaiming Ourselves at Midlife by Stephanie Marston 
Who am I really? What are my own real needs and dreams? And, if I'm not fulfilling them now, when will I? These are just some of the defining questions women between the ages of 40 and 55 are asking. Now, in one of the first books to address the spiritual, emotional, and psychological dimensions of this challenging life stage, family therapist Stephanie Marston will act as a midwife to make the rite of passage meaningful and transformative. Through examining the inspiring interviews of more than 100 women, the empowering message of this book is clear: midlife can be one of the most profoundly significant times in a woman's life. 
Dee's Review: Great book for helping each of us peel back the layers of who we were, how we became who we are in midlife and how to reclaim the core of who we want to be with total honesty and compassion. You WILL find yourself in this book. 

Midlife Can Be Murder by Jane Isenberg 
A great series for the midlife group! Here's one of the reviews from Amazon: "A reader from Long Beach, NY United States writes (about the 1st book, "Death in a Hot Flash"): This is the first Jane Isenberg book that I have read, but it won't be the last. She has a way of catching you at the very beginning and holding your interest until the last page. It's refreshing to find an entertaining sleuth "of a certain age" who has zany friends but yet has the same worries all women of this age have - worry about young adult children and aging parents. Her crotchety mother is a real kick and her boyfriend Sol is a winner. I can't wait to revisit the gang in the rest of the series. You will not be disappointed with this mystery. 
Note from Dee: This is GREAT so far! Reminds me of when I used to read Nancy Drew books! 

Women at the Well: The Many Voices of Menopause 
 by Frances Schwabenland and Marielena Zuniga 
You’ve read what the doctors have to say about menopause. You’ve heard the experts speak about “the change” on TV talk shows. Now it’s time to listen to the women themselves. Women at the Well: The Many Voices of Menopause is the only book of its kind to provide a voice for women on the printed page. In this compelling book, women share their firsthand stories of what it’s like – physically, emotionally and spiritually – to experience perimenopause and menopause. 
Dee's Review: Incredibly're sure to find a woman's story that you relate to, all with the overlying message that "you're not alone". Keep this one by your bedside! 

Madame Ovary's Midlife As  An Art Form  by Gail Larsen is a delightful little collection of 19 stories representing universal themes, from confronting the ravages of aging and the loss of parents to finding magic and meaning in the second half of life.   Madame Ovary proclaims, "If the only fairy tale that has come true for you is 'the hair on your chinny chin chin', you'll love this book!"

Dee's Review: Absolutely fabulous!! Every woman between 40 and 70 should read this! I couldn't put it down because it was so "right on"!

Cancer Schmancer by Fran Drescher 
Drescher, most famous for her loud, nasal voice and her role on the 1990s TV series The Nanny, advises readers to "open a mouth" when dealing with their doctors in this down-to-earth account of her experience with uterine cancer. In the book, which serves as an unexpected follow-up to her 1995 memoir, Enter Whining, the actress describes living with symptoms for more than two years while shuttling from doctor to doctor without a diagnosis. 
Dee's Review: For each one of us who have dealt with doctors' nonchalant attitudes, this book is a MUST READ! Some reviewers have said there is too much information, but I thoroughly enjoyed every detail and couldn't put it down. Fran's conversational way of writing makes you feel like one of her closest friends. I was enraged, but also laughed and even cried (mostly about Chester). 

Having laughed their way through many of life's hurdles, Sydney Altman and Zoe Lazar, two middle-aged women who have been best friends for forty years, decided that the best way to approach the undeniability and undesireability of aging was to keep laughing and get others to join in! Both Mother Goose Tells The Truth About Middle Age and Victoria's Rejects puts a humorous spin on the missteps and misfortunes of aging.

Dee's Review: You have not seen anything like these two books! If you love to laugh hard and love to make others laugh with you (and not AT you), these books are what you need!

The Premature Menopause Book by Kathryn Petras 
The only book available that focuses on the specific issues of young women going through the change -- written by the host of Early, a woman who is in premature menopause herself. Aimed at young women with POF, surgical menopause, or early menopause due to cancer treatments, it covers health and emotional issues, HRT options and natural supplements, lists resources websites and support groups, and includes interviews from women in their 20s and 30s coping with this situation and sharing their experiences. 

Today I Am a Ma'am: And Other Musings on Life, Beauty, and Growing Older:  
by Valerie Harper 
I always enjoyed watching Harper on various TV shows and when I saw her talking about her book on the Today Show, I thought "Minnie Pauz" fans would probably enjoy this book!  
My complaint with this book is that they didn't ask permission to use my "Humor Replacement Therapy"TMor give me credit for it, although my site was listed as one of Valerie's favorites.  I also thought there were too many cliches about aging, but overall it was enjoyable because who doesn't love Valerie! ....Dee 

The Hyster Sisters Book by Kathy Kelley 
This book is neither anti-hyst or pro-hyst in nature.  Rather, it is a book of kindness with 
medical concerns that each woman faces when she is told by her doctor that a hysterectomy may be an option.

Visit Kathy's websites for information and support: 
Hyster Sisters and Hormone Jungle

Author Kathy Kelly was experiencing full-blown menopause while her partners wondered aloud how to make it a more fun experience for everyone involved. So the most obvious answer became a retro pop-up book, illustrated by the sole male member of the company, Peter Straus. "He now has honorary ovaries," Kelly laughingly confides.MenOpopTM is a novelty item that can be enjoyed as a purely entertaining and enlightening experience, and also as a tool for educating both young and old alike.
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Dee's Review: This book will keep you laughing and makes a great gift!

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