The Madwoman in the Volvo (Paperback)

My Year of Raging Hormones

By Sandra Tsing Loh

W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393351095, 288pp.

Publication Date: May 4, 2015

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (5/5/2014)
Paperback (6/2/2016)
Library Binding, Large Print (11/1/2014)

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From an “imaginatively twisted and fearless” writer (Los Angeles Times), a hilarious memoir of middle age.

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 the ups and downs of a career and a relationship. She writes also about an affair and the explosion of her marriage, while managing the legal and marital hijinks of her eighty-nine-year-old dad. The upbeat conclusion: it does get better.

About the Author

Sandra Tsing Loh is a writer, performer, and radio commentator. Her work has been heard on NPR’s Morning Edition and This American Life. She is a contributing editor to the Atlantic and teaches at the University of California, Irvine. She lives in Pasadena, California.

Praise For The Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones

Reads like a weekend away with the best friend you ever had—blazingly vulnerable, scorchingly smart, and funny as hell.
— Cheryl Strayed

[Reading this book] I laughed maniacally, nodded in empathy, hooted, teared up, and laughed some more.
— Mary Roach, author of Gulp

Loh is such an engaging writer she manages to make this extremely difficult time hilarious.
— Judith Newman

Loh is that rare writer who is howlingly funny on the surface and subtly brilliant just beneath…Goes down like cheap wine—fast and furiously—yet at the end, instead of a hangover, you have a bold and beautiful new view of life.
— Cathi Hanauer, author of Gone and editor of The Bitch in the House