My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Grumpy Old Menopause Whatever you do, don’t mention … the menopause!! If you do, make sure it’s preceded by the words ‘Grumpy Old…’ and followed by a demand for the book on prescription from your doctor. What a tonic! My mouth curved into a smile a few pages in. By the exercise section I was guffawing out loud. I kid you not. The fishing joke had tears streaming down my cheeks. The book takes an informative, yet easily digestible, look at the serious ‘shhhhh’ subject (sadly still labelled ‘women’s problems’, ergo a mystery to the male of the species).
The author has obviously done her research on tried and tested remedies for symptoms of the menopause, including the propensity to burst into tears and do something drastic with one’s husband, supplying links to further research, along with suggestions, where appropriate, to seek medical advice before embarking on said remedies. Carol’s easy to read style of writing and razor sharp wit, however, make the reading of this intelligently written book an absolute delight. She talks about gifts you should buy (or, more importantly, shouldn’t buy on risk of being garrotted) a woman of a certain age. If you’d like a recommendation for the perfect gift, in my estimation, Grumpy Old Menopause is it. The book is insightful, informative and possibly the most uplifting tonic you could take. An absolute must-read – for Her and For Him. If you are a woman struggling with the symptoms of the Menopause, read it. If you are man living with a woman, etc, ditto. Trust me, Carol E Wyer’s book will make the whole thing much more bearable. It tells you you are NOT alone, despite the ‘menopause’ word still often being whispered in hushed tones. It allows you to laugh. More, it makes you realise it’s essential and acceptable to. My advice: buy one for each other, maybe as a stocking-filler this Christmas. Keep it on the bedside table. Men, flash it at your wife (the book, that is) when she’s having a flush. Hopefully, you’ll raise a smile even though she’s feeling distinctly wobbly. Children of MM’s (Menopausal Mum’s), this is a gift she WILL most definitely appreciate. In short, I loved it! Highly recommended!
Carol Wyer’s sense of humour is absolutely wicked! I love it! Unfortunately the Menopause comes to all us women. This book is encouraging you to tackle the problem head on. Don’t lie down and die in a pool of night sweats and hot flushes/flashes! It encourages you to get off your menopausal ass and deal with the inevitable through humour and adventure! The book lists some handy tips in alphabetical order. Some of them will leave you breathless with laughter!
Any book by Carol Wyer comes with an unwritten guarantee: it will be exceptionally good, it will be funny, it will be witty, it will be entertaining, and will always leave you wanting more. Grumpy Old Menopause delivers on all counts, naturally.
Though I have been frightfully fortunate to not have become captive of the vice-like grip of the menopause (at the time, I really didn’t know what the fuss was about!), reading about all the possible symptoms was quite an eye-opener. Good grief, some women morph into something unworldly.
Carol lays out, in her customary methodical manner, an alphabetical list of symptoms, chapter by chapter, some of which she herself has experienced (hilariously described). She explains clearly what to expect, provides remedies, most of them utterly sensible, some of them homeopathic/alternative. Best of all she suggests a whole boatload of activities to divert the mind and body from the alien that is menopause which invades the female of the species at a certain age. So if you’re suffering from brittle bones, bloating, or body odour, then beer, belly dancing, bungee jumping or bare back-riding might just be your succour.
But more importantly, throughout, she stresses the importance of laughter. He who laughs…lasts, she says. And she is the mistress of providing merriment: her advice and anecdotes are peppered with jokes. Some of them Christmas-cracker-type jokes (but funny), some of them corny (even funnier) and some of them really clever (very, very funny).
This book just doesn’t help the menopausal woman. With her wit and humour, Carol entertains and brightens up your day. She’s a tonic that should be bottled.
Carol Wyer’s outdone herself with Grumpy Old Menopause. Funny, helpful, insightful and endearing–this book has it all. If you’re nearing the power surge stage in life, are already there, or know someone going through it, you’ll want to read this book. Wyer’s anecdotes are either groan-inducing (in a good way) or laugh-out-loud funny–I especially liked the headers for the chapters that list what you should hide from a woman going through menopause (under the letter ‘M’: machete, mace, men). Definitely my kind of book :-).
If you need a good laugh, (and seriously, who doesn’t if they’re in the throes of a hot flash or one of those lovely mood swings?) then pick up a copy or five of Grumpy Old Menopause (one for you, one for each of your girlfriends/sisters). You’ll be glad you did.
Chris James rated it 5 of 5 stars
More help for guys whose ladies are approaching “that time of life”! One thing I enjoy about reading Carol Wyer’s books is the sense of trespassing: these are titles written by a talented author which are aimed at women, not men. All of Mini Skirts and Laughter Lines, Just Add Spice, and How Not to Murder Your Grumpy left me not only aching from laughter, but also much better informed.
Grumpy Old Menopause is a sort-of companion book to How Not to Murder Your Grumpy, made up of lots of suggestions for coping with the menopause, all presented alphabetically and all lathered in Carol’s special sense of humour. And if you have a partner approaching “that time of life”, here is a book which will let you know what she (and you) can expect, and give you lots of giggles while you’re finding out.
This is another of Ms Wyer’s books that I can highly recommend.
Along the way, she sprinkles in great handfuls of jokes, some groaners, some laugh-out-loud funny (and fitting!). Her sense of humor is spot-on and helps to take the sting out of the annoying side effects of long life, but don’t let the humor cover up the fact that there is a lot of very useful information here. This is an excellent resource with a playful kick to it
The author has really done her homework of this subject and written a very informative and supportive guide to the Menopause. A keeper.
Kit Domino rated it 5 of 5 stars
She’s done it again! You know whenever you pick up a book by Carol Wyer you are in for a fun read, even if one like this has a serious side too. With her zeal and zest for fun Carol has tackled the subject of how to cope with the menopause in a clever and fun way. If this doesn’t bring a smile to your face as you cope with hot flushes and mood swings, then nothing will. The subject has been well researched and am sure with much personal experience of the subject matter. Well done, Carol, I loved every page, every suggestion. Brilliant stuff!
This is the third book I’ve read by Carol E. Wyer. I’ve also read her humorous romances “Mini-skirts and Laughter Lines” plus “Surfing in Stilettos”, and like her novels, Carol’s wonderful sense of humour will get you laughing whether you like it or not, no matter what she writes. I laughed so much with her novels that I borrowed one of her characters to join one of mine in one of my murder mysteries.
It’s not often that I can say I highly recommend an author’s work, but with Carol I feel comfortable in doing this. I am a fan of her work, and I am sure readers will agree with me when I say her work makes an excellent read.
I enjoyed your book. I read it in less than an hour. I LOVED the ‘things you should hide from a menopausal woman’ segments at the beginning of each chapter. I could also add that you should probably hide the same things from your teenagers and husband, depending on the circumstances. I AGREE that laughter IS THE BEST MEDICINE! I am a huge fan of self-deprecating humor and since most of my friends are probably laughing behind my back, why not beat them to the punch? It certainly makes any situation that you are going through more pleasant. I also enjoyed the fact that you are empowering women to take control of their lives by offering practical suggestions on how to deal with the symptoms of menopause.
Your book reminded me of one of my favorite quotes by Marjorie Pay Hinckley: “I would rather laugh than cry, because quite honestly crying gives me a headache.”
“This is a lighthearted look at the pains and perils of the menopause. The author knows what she is talking about – she is a comedian, teacher and physical trainer – and I for one found it pretty funny yet full of useful advice. In fact, it is all the sensible things you know you should do (eating healthily, doing exercise, keeping a good sense of humour), but served up in a light and palatable way.
I’ve highlighted a few choice phrases – my favourite is probably ‘my inner goddess is more of a Medusa’ although I tend to live by ‘I have found the cure for hot flushes. Chocolate! Does it work? I don’t know and as long as I have chocolate, I don’t care’. But all of us could probably do with remembering the words of Lauren Bacall (who certainly looked pretty good at whatever age) ‘I am not a has-been, I’m a will-be’.
The book isn’t out until December but I reckon it could save a few fireworks on Christmas day so look out for it…”