The Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones

The Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones

Title:The Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones
ISBN:9780393088687
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages

In a voice that is wry, disarming, and totally candid, Sandra Tsing Loh tells the moving and laugh-out-loud tale of her roller coaster through “the change.” This is not your grandmother’s menopause story. Loh chronicles utterly relatable, everyday perils: raising preteen daughters, weathering hormonal changes, and going through the ups and downs of a career and a relationship. She writes also about an affair and the explosion of her marriage, the pressures of keeping her daughters off Facebook while managing the legal and marital hijinks of her eighty-nine-year-old dad, and a despairing withdrawal to a tiny cabin where she combined wine and Ambien, paralyzing her arm into a claw. In one outrageous chapter, a hormonal Loh finds herself trekking to her preteen daughter’s school to confront a ten-year-old bully half her size. In another she attempts to subsist on only zero-calorie noodles and the occasional fat-free yogurt in a hopeless effort to vanquish added midlife weight.
In The Madwoman in the Volvo Loh speaks hilariously and honestly about her life as a mother, a daughter, and an artist. She recounts her journey through a tumultuous time of life, trying to maintain appearances during an epic hormonal—and that means physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual—change. The upbeat conclusion: it does get better.


    The Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones Reviews

  • Trish Ryan

    This was such a frustrating book! When Sandra Tsing Loh's writing is good, it's very, very good. Funny, heartfelt, interesting. But when it's bad, it's awful. I marvel that she was willing to portray ...

  • Biblio Files (takingadayoff)

    If you or someone you live with is due for the menopause soon, I suggest you wait to read this book. Sandra Tsing Loh has not written a book to ease your mind or commiserate. She is focused on telling...

  • Valdez

    I love Sandra's madness. She makes lemonade out of her mid-life lemons....

  • Claire

    This book gets four stars for making me laugh out loud at the adventures of one of my favorite "This American Life" storytellers, Sandra Tsing Loh. However, I also thought her adventures in menopause ...

  • Melody

    I don't know why I read the whole book. I knew I hated it by the 30th page. There was some sick fascination, though, wondering what more Loh could say to make me shudder. Her tone is alternately arch ...

  • Kate

    Not my cup of tea. While there are some laugh out loud moments, overall I found this book to be more sad than anything. Loh has such a beautiful, privileged life and she doesn't see it. She tries to m...

  • Patricia Mann

    The Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones, a memoir by Sandra Tsing Loh, is hysterically funny, disturbingly dark and fiercely intelligent. Loh is a master storyteller who will captivate y...

  • Joy

    A rollicking ride through the crises that make up our lives as "women of a certain age": dealing with the men in our lives, coping with domestic arrangements, caring for our aging parents, managing ou...

  • Alissa

    I don't know that I'd call her a *great* writer, like all artsy 'n' stuff, but she's funny as hell. I laughed so hard I embarrassed myself in public.Highly recommended to all my friends going through ...

  • Melissa

    Over the top as expected from a menopausal woman from LA. This hovered between comedy and very uncomfortable drama....