If you agree with me that menopause bites, then it may not be too much of a stretch to go from menopause to Many Paws. Woof.
Don’t hate me because I love puns.
Many Paws is a new “altered book” by writer and artist, Susan DeGarmo. She loves puns, too. From the flaming red-orange cover to the detachable last page of purple irises that can be converted to a hot flash fan, DeGarmo acknowledges the pitfalls that many of us experience during “the change.”
Many Paws is Susan’s adroit way of disguising the subject of the book, since “no southern lady is going to have a book laying round that says ‘Menopause.’”
However, if you leave the book on your coffee table, the ladies from church may be startled to flip open the pop-up book and see artwork of a reclining female nude, covered in strategic places with long-eared white “hares,” since “Now gray hairs are everywhere!”
But, honestly, church ladies aren’t as easily shocked as they used to be. Especially if they are struggling with changes of their own.
What it is: Many Paws, Susan DeGarmo's altered book from Meaux Books that is customizable. You can put your own photos, or those of a loved one, over the heads of some of the figures in the book. If you give the book to a friend, for example, you can put her face in the book.
How it came to be: DeGarmo was teaching a class about making altered books while having a hot flash, and Voila! Many Paws came to be.
What makes it unique: It’s a pop-up book for adults! It has moving parts! It has (tasteful) nudity! It socks menopause a big one in the kisser!
Conclusion: A great gift book for anyone in or approaching menopause. Even those women who are having an "easier" time with the change will appreciate the humor and pathos. The art work is fun and inspiring!
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Disclosure: I was provided copies of the books, but the opinions expressed are my own.