REVIEW: I don’t usually read memoirs or nonfiction so, reading A Boob’s Life by Leslie Lehr was a huge step out of my comfort zone. If you know me, you know I don’t easily leave my comfort zone. This book was worth it!
Leslie tells us about her relationship with her breasts. Some of her story is going to be familiar with all of us. Oh, how we wanted to grow up and have boobies! Most girls couldn’t wait for that to happen. She elects to have augmentation and later is diagnosed with cancer. I found her and her family’s story very interesting.
Her research was phenomenal. She dug up some pretty interesting facts about women’s issues and breasts. I didn’t realize breast cancer rates were as high as they are and the rate increases with age. That alone makes me want to keep up with mammogram screenings. That is one big plus with her story.
She does discuss how her relationship with her breasts developed and a lot about how society sees them. I’m just not sure I ever gave them that much thought in my lifetime.
If you like memoirs, you probably will like this book. It gives you a lot to think about and probably should be read by most young women.
I received a copy of this book from the author for a fair and honest review.
SYNOPSIS: A Boob’s Life explores the surprising truth about women’s most popular body part with vulnerable, witty frankness and true nuggets of American culture that will resonate with everyone who has breasts—or loves them.
Author Leslie Lehr wants to talk about boobs. She’s gone from size AA to DDD and everything between, from puberty to motherhood, enhancement to cancer, and beyond. And she’s not alone—these are classic life stages for women today.
At turns funny and heartbreaking, A Boob’s Life explores both the joys and hazards inherent to living in a woman’s body. Lehr deftly blends her personal narrative with national history, starting in the 1960s with the women’s liberation movement and moving to the current feminist dialogue and what it means to be a woman. Her insightful and clever writing analyzes how America’s obsession with the female form has affected her own life’s journey and the psyche of all women today.
From her prize-winning fiction to her viral New York Times Modern Love essay, exploring the challenges facing contemporary women has been Lehr’s life-long passion. A Boob’s Life, her first project since breast cancer treatment, continues this mission, taking readers on a wildly informative, deeply personal, and utterly relatable journey. No matter your gender, you’ll never view this sexy and sacred body part the same way again.