What Would Virginia Woolf Do? And Other Questions I Ask Myself as I Attempt to Age Without Apology

When women reach their mid-40s, they often encounter the emotional and hormonal ups and downs of perimenopause and menopause. These changes can be as tumultuous as the onset of puberty. Written tongue-in-cheek yet with practical information, Nina Lorez Collins's What Would Virginia Woolf Do? tackles the multitude of big and small questions women have at this stage of life.

Frank and unabashed, Collins discusses subjects such as sex--whether it's painful, with toys, masturbation or new adventures. She considers empty nest syndrome, coping with change after a lifetime with children and the return of adult children. She also covers clothing, shoes and feeling good about one's body, as well as other relevant topics women share girlfriend to girlfriend. For health topics, Collins advises about sensitive issues such as incontinence, tooth decay, depression and stress, creating an environment where the topics are safely explored while giving entertaining and practical advice.

Each short section is easy to read, giving readers quick answers to oftentimes perplexing issues--such as the pros and cons of wearing Spanx, how to prepare for retirement or whether hormone replacement therapy is the right route. Originally started as a Facebook group, described as "a closed, confidential forum for women over forty, with a bent toward the literary, witty, and feminist," What Would Virginia Woolf Do? is the ultimate girlfriend/big sister/favorite aunt personality encapsulated in a book. Whether you're a woman searching for serious answers or are just in need of a quick laugh, Collins has an essay or two for you that is sure to satisfy. --Lee E. Cart, freelance writer and book reviewer

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