Flash Count Diary: Menopause and the Vindication of Natural Life

Flash Count Diary: Menopause and the Vindication of Natural Life

Menopause hit Darcey Steinke hard. First came hot flashes. Then insomnia. Then depression. As she struggled to express what was happening to her, she came up against a culture of silence. Throughout history, the natural physical transition of menopause has been viewed as something to deny, fear, and eradicate. Menstruation signals fertility and life, and childbirth is reve Menopause hit Darcey Steinke hard. First came hot flashes. Then insomnia. Then depression. As she struggled to express wh...

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Title:Flash Count Diary: Menopause and the Vindication of Natural Life
Author:Darcey Steinke
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0374156115
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:240 pages pages

Flash Count Diary: Menopause and the Vindication of Natural Life Reviews

  • Carolee Wheeler
    Jun 25, 2019
    a beguiling mixture of horror and empowerment, minute and broad. Essential reading. ...
  • Wendi
    May 12, 2019
    I've found it difficult to find books or online articles about menopause that aren't heavily weighted for either favour or disdain of hormone replacement. I have my personal tendency about how I would prefer to travel this path, but I've been wanting to read personal experiences about ...
  • Mehrsa
    Jun 23, 2019
    Really interesting perspective on menopause and our cultural relationship with aging women. The premise was to link human menopause to animals and the natural world, but I didn't find that part satisfying. I did enjoy her musings and research on femininity and old age. ...
  • Lulu
    Jul 27, 2019
    This book afforded me the opportunity to explain menopause to a 10YO boy I was babysitting for. As we joked about reverse puberty, he wondered whether you stop stinking as well as menstruating. I?ll let you know in 5 or 10 years. ...
  • Kathleen Flynn
    Jul 21, 2019
    This was a quick and enjoyable read that brought a lot of seemingly disparate things together, like killer whales and menopause. The latter being something that is universal to women but largely invisible in popular culture, not unlike menopausal women themselves. I found the notion ru...
  • Catherine
    Jun 21, 2019
    There's a lot to like about Darcey Steinke's book Flash Count Diary, most especially it's piercing critique of the medicalization of menopause, the transformation of a normal life event into a disease to be cured. Her skewering of men - particular those who are doctors - who believe me...
  • Monica
    Jul 16, 2019
    Such an interesting read- I was fascinated with her study of female elder whales and their important roles in their communities. I feel Steinke?s rage and the ways in which menopause is addressed in medicine. ...
  • Elizabeth
    Jun 23, 2019
    It's about damn time. ...
  • Bridgett
    Jun 24, 2019
    This book is a refreshing and different look at menopause in that it never once suggests that menopause is a disease that needs to be treated with HT. ...
  • Denise Link
    Jun 27, 2019
    Rating this is hard, because this book wasn't exactly what I wanted it to be, but it is important and essential for starting the discussion. Menopause is hard, not because we all have the kind of overwhelming hot flashes the author does (I didn't), but because all of us must go throu...
  • Nancy
    Jul 02, 2019
    If you are in menopause or peri-menopause or really if you?re a woman at any stage of life, read this book. This is a collection of thoughtful and thought provoking chapters that have me thinking about my body, my femininity, and my humanity in new ways. ...
  • RH Walters
    Jul 17, 2019
    I don't read books about childrearing and menopause because they are inherently interesting, but because I am desperate for help, and this book did not help. If anything, it just shows that you have to write your own way out. I am well acquainted with the hate and disregard our society...
  • Jen
    Aug 07, 2019
    Stunning. Stienke is marvelous and brave and honest and wrote the exact book I needed right now - not because it is comforting, in fact partly because it is the opposite - rage-making (yet still hopeful). Her meditations on similarities of humans and whales, esp older, postmenopaus...
  • Nancy
    May 14, 2019
    I won this in a Goodreads giveaway. Really good book. Sad that there is so little research on menopause. This illustrates how half the human race has to just improvise dealing with it. The idea that it is a "problem" that needs solving is so frustrating. ...
  • Valerie
    Jul 30, 2019
    Not sure what I expected but it definitely wasn?t this narrative. However, I appreciated her cultural narrative and weaving together various concepts central around our cultural understanding of menopause. 3.5 stars ...
  • Debbie Bateman
    Jun 27, 2019
    With startling honesty and soul feeding wisdom, Darcey Steinke helps those of us who experience the great change reframe how we think about it. Her words came over me like a fire and burned away all the nonsense. Now I can regrow with fresh green. I loved this book. Every woman should ...
  • Carolyn
    Jun 21, 2019
    I wish my mother had had this book years ago. I won this in a Goodreads contest at the right time. My male Dr had only said, "Your only alternative is Estrogen. But with most of my relatives already having or gone through a form of cancer or other. Hormones did not seem quite right for...
  • Laura
    Aug 01, 2019
    This book is annoying, provocative, hopeful, real, encouraging and profound all rolled into one. There is a lot for me to think about here, especially as I finished reading about the connection between females in the animal kingdom and human females next to a wild, female mallard duck....
  • Leslie Ann
    Aug 22, 2019
    Although I applaud Steinke for contributing to (if not starting) a compassionate discussion about menopause, her memoir disappoints me with its disjointed and unengaging prose. I appreciated the (infuriating) information on hormone replacement therapy and found the comparison to trans ...
  • Jim Higgins
    Jun 17, 2019
    4.5 stars. In a book that's both intensely personal and widerangingly literary, scientific and political, Stienke wrestles with the changes menopause has wrought in her as well as cultural denigration of postmenopausal women. She spends considerable narrative energy on killer whales, o...
  • Stacey Lunsford
    Jul 30, 2019
    The author started this book because she couldn't find very much written about the process of menopause except where it is treated as a "disease" that needs to be treated. She did research and each short chapter covers a different aspect of what she discovered. Not surprisingly, little...
  • Cristie Underwood
    Jun 18, 2019
    This is one of the few books out there that discusses menopause honestly and openly. It has long been treated as a problem that should be ignored, so it is nice to have a book with honest information. ...
  • Christine
    Jun 22, 2019
    I burned (ha!) through this book in one sitting. It was a great read. Empowering, revelatory, heartbreaking, empathetic, poetic, wise, profane and deeply spiritual. For me it was a much needed branch to grab onto amid the eddying rapids (both emotional and physical) of my 49th year. Ya...
  • Jenna Evans
    Jun 29, 2019
    Three paragraphs in, I was crying with the profound relief that comes with having one's experience finally, finally recognized -- not just in a commiserative way about the physical aspect (though, that too) but in the larger philosophical and spiritual questions that come up about mort...
  • Jenni Link
    Jul 12, 2019
    I really wanted to like this book, having picked it up after reading a few thought-provoking excerpts and interviews. It has its insightful moments, but overall it?s just not very good. The author?s entitlement is a constant distraction, as are the cultural criticism contortions sh...
  • Ellyn Lem
    Jul 21, 2019
    This is a really fascinating book about menopause, but it is not a self-help book or scientific approach; instead, Steinke focuses a lot on the natural world (whales in particular) to figure out what getting older means in our society--particularly, what are biological changes but what...
  • Russell Ricard
    Jul 01, 2019
    ?Menopause is situated at the crossroads between the metaphysical and the biological. It is as much a spiritual challenge as it is a physical one,? says Darcey Steinke in Flash Count Diary: Menopause and the Vindication of Natural Life. This memoir/investigative story is an utt...
  • Naomi Davidson
    Jul 26, 2019
    This is a deeply feminist book. About menopause. Which, for the most part has only been explored and explained by men or western medicine which is largely male dominated. Most often it?s symptoms have not been studied...not clinically proven...or are yet to be proven clinically. Some...
  • Shawne Taylor
    Jun 22, 2019
    This is a powerful, deeply engaging book. Steinke is a gifted memoirist, flitting between the sharing of her own journey, the writings of others on the topic of menopause, and the delivery of data, without ever losing a cohesive, narrative thread that feels raw, real, and profound. ...
  • Bookread2day
    Jun 19, 2019
    Flash Count Diary is a new story about the menopause. Every woman should read this Flash Count Diary. Most books are about how to get rid of hot flushes, but there's nothing on the scientific and self help of menopause. This book goes into what happened to Darcey Steinke during the nig...