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Book Review: “Four Faces of Femininity: Heroic Women Throughout History” by Barbara McNally

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Thank you @Booksparks for my gifted copy of Four Faces of Femininity: Heroic Women Throughout History by Barbara McNally & for inviting me on the Pop Up Book Tour for this AMAZING book! This book is available on Tuesday, April 7th!

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Four Faces of Femininity tells the story of remarkable women who, through their creativity, passion, intelligence, & sheer determination, have left an indelible mark on the history of humankind. The book is divided into four sections, with figures placed in Mother, Lover, Warrior, or Sage..Accessible, informative, & uplifting, Four Faces of Femininity explores the many ways in which women have changed the course of history—and demonstrates how crucial it is that women from every background be provided with role models that inspire. The book includes questions for exploration to help modern multifaceted women see these qualities in themselves & balance them to lead a fuller life.

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This book is absolutely GORGEOUS inside & out! This is a nice sized, heavy paperback (8.5 x 11) filled with beautiful, glossy pages (the book literally smells ahhh-mazing!) As mentioned, it is divided into four sections, with each section starting with a brief description:

Mother: The nurturing, healing, empathic side of a woman

Lover: The passionate, playful, creative side of a woman

Warrior: The assertive, determined, fierce side of a woman

Sage: The Intuitive, spiritual, wise side of a woman

Each section has several women featured in beautiful, artistic style color. Honestly, I may buy a second book just to pull some of the pages out for framing, since some of my favorite women in history are in this wonderful book, such as Julia Child, Michelle Obama, & Ruth Bader Ginsburg. At the end of each section there is a discussion area called ‘questions for exploration’ & some exercises (not like squats & crunches, but mental & focus kind.) There are also some fantastic quotes from famous women in history throughout the book.

Photo Copyright Barbara McNally

This book is just such a piece of art, it would be a fantastic coffee table conversation piece, & with the questions, exercises, & brilliant content, it would make an excellent book club choice! The cover art & the illustrations throughout the book are by Marta Signori. Click on her name to see her Instagram page and her more of her amazing artwork!

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Barbara McNally is the author of Unbridled, a soulful memoir of personal liberation, and Wounded Warrior, Wounded Wife, firsthand accounts of woman thrust into the role of caregiver when their spouses return from the battlefield with major wounds. These stories inspired the launch of the Barbara McNally Foundation, which offers seminars, scholarships, and workshops dedicated to enhancing the lives of women. Barbara is a licensed physical therapist who makes her home in Southern California, where she juggles the responsibilities of being a mother, lover, warrior, and sage.

This book will be released on Tuesday, April 7th. Click HERE to find Four Faces of Femininity at a nearby independent bookstore using BookStorelink.com. It is so important now more than ever to get our book purchases from independent bookstores since they are already feeling the economical effect of the Co-Vid 19 pandemic. Please try to find your book purchases locally or from an independent bookstore that has an online store or one that will take a phone order and ship it to you. (Amazon does NOT need our help right now…just saying.)

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And as always, stay safe, stay home, stay sane! Now go wash your hands…

Book Reviews

Happy International Women’s Day! (& new books!)

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Thank you @Kensingtonbooks & @stmartinspress for my free copy of “The Good News About Estrogen” & “The Vagina Bible”!
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đź’•Today is International Women’s Day, so I am sharing two books with you that have everything to do with women! (Men, don’t be shy. You can read these, too!)
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đź’•First up, “The Good News About Estrogen: The Truth Behind a Powerhouse Hormone” by Uzzi Reiss, MD. This book comes out 3/10 & has such a plethora of information in it!
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💕How hormones—and your levels of estrogen—change over time, & what you can do to achieve balance naturally or with hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
The good news about estrogen—how it can enhance energy, sexuality, and memory; alleviate premenstrual syndrome (PMS) or the side effects of menopause; help fight weight gain, anxiety, depression, more.
How your everyday habits—what you eat, drink, wear, and breathe—can affect hormonal health, and which small lifestyle changes can make a big difference.
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đź’•So much more info in a fairly short book! I learned a lot from this insightful, well-written book! (See below for full details.)
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đź’•Next up, we have “The Vagina Bible” by Jennifer Gunter, MD (released 8/27/19) & what a clever cover, am I right?
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đź’•If you have a va-jay-jay or just want to know all the mysterious inner & outer workings of that female body part, you need to read this book! It is a treasure chest of important information, very educational & at times funny even. The quintessential guide for vag’s of all ages, from periods to pregnancy to menopause. (See below for full description.)
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đź’•I found this book very informational, enlightening, & quite comprehensive. I would rather follow her advice over Gwyneth Paltrow’s any day!
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đź’•Are you doing anything special to celebrate Intl Women’s Day?

“The Good News About Estrogen”:
The latest information about estrogen, the body’s enlivening powerhouse hormone. Why is estrogen crucial—and so misunderstood? How do I know if my estrogen level is “normal”? What is the best treatment for a hormonal imbalance? How does estrogen impact my reproductive cycle? Is hormone replacement therapy right for me? Is it only useful at menopause? How can I be my best, healthiest self now and in the future?

Understanding estrogen—its function and interplay with all your other hormones and body systems—is key to a healthy, vibrant life. But far too many women remain unaware of the benefits of estrogen, and how it can be supplemented in natural, bioidentical form.

This book, written by an expert in the field of OB-GYN and integrative medicine, offers an authoritative yet accessible approach to hormonal health. In The Good News About Estrogen, Dr. Uzzi Reiss draws upon the most up-to-date scientific research, as well as women’s stories from his decades of practice, to explain: – How hormones—and your levels of estrogen—change over time, and what you can do to achieve balance naturally or with hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
– The good news about estrogen—how it can enhance energy, sexuality, and memory; alleviate premenstrual syndrome (PMS) or the side effects of menopause; help fight weight gain, anxiety, depression, and more.
– Bioidentical hormones—why they are safe and crucial to your well-being at any age or stage, and how to choose which treatment plan is right for you.
– How your everyday habits—what you eat, drink, wear, and breathe—can affect hormonal health, and which small lifestyle changes can make a big difference.
– Nutrition and exercise—learn how each works hand-in-hand with hormones and can help you to achieve maximum physical and emotional fitness, promote bone health, prevent cardiovascular disease, and boost brain power.

White books make for weird outlines…

“The Vagina Bible”:
OB/GYN, writer for The New York Times, USA Today, and Self, and host of the show Jensplaining, Dr. Jen Gunter now delivers the definitive book on vaginal health, answering the questions you’ve always had but were afraid to ask–or couldn’t find the right answers to. She has been called Twitter’s resident gynecologist, the Internet’s OB/GYN, and one of the fiercest advocates for women’s health…and she’s here to give you the straight talk on the topics she knows best.

Does eating sugar cause yeast infections? Does pubic hair have a function?
Should you have a vulvovaginal care regimen?
Will your vagina shrivel up if you go without sex?
What’s the truth about the HPV vaccine?

So many important questions, so much convincing, confusing, contradictory misinformation! In this age of click bait, pseudoscience, and celebrity-endorsed products, it’s easy to be overwhelmed–whether it’s websites, advice from well-meaning friends, uneducated partners, and even healthcare providers. So how do you separate facts from fiction? OB-GYN Jen Gunter, an expert on women’s health–and the internet’s most popular go-to doc–comes to the rescue with a book that debunks the myths and educates and empowers women. From reproductive health to the impact of antibiotics and probiotics, and the latest trends, including vaginal steaming, vaginal marijuana products, and jade eggs, Gunter takes us on a factual, fun-filled journey. Discover the truth about: – The vaginal microbiome
– Genital hygiene, lubricants, and hormone myths and fallacies
– How diet impacts vaginal health
– Stem cells and the vagina
– Cosmetic vaginal surgery
– What changes to expect during pregnancy, after childbirth, and through menopause
– How medicine fails women by dismissing symptoms
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– Thongs vs. lace: the best underwear for vaginal health
– How to select a tampon
– The full glory of the clitoris and the myth of the G Spot … And so much more. Whether you’re a twenty-six-year-old worried that her labia are “uncool” or a sixty-six-year-old dealing with painful sex, this comprehensive guide is sure to become a lifelong trusted resource.