When people find out I'm a librarian, the first comment that pops up is usually, "That must be great. To have a job where you read all day." I hate bursting their bubble, but as awesome as my job is, I don't sit in my cubicle reading books all day. Oh, I do a ton of reading, but it's usually in the form of book reviews, promotional e-mails, blogs, etc. Which is how I heard about this happy little book that's coming out in November 2009.
Flow: The Cultural Story Of Menstruation by Elissa Stein and Susan Kim.
Yep, someone wrote a book about periods.
I'll admit, this book intrigues me. In between my course load of British history classes in college, I took several women's studies/women's history classes and always found it fascinating. It also made me very appreciative that I was born in the latter half of the 20th century (seriously, glory hallelujah!).
What will this book cover? Well, looking at the book's web site, I'm guessing what the hell we poor women had to endure until Kotex came on the market. Also, the other use of Lysol (which I knew about already, but it still horrifies me!), and how doctor's would treat hysteria for their female patients (hey, I know it makes me feel better, but in a doctor's office? Talk about clinical!).
Flow's Youtube Channel
Take it from a librarian, they really will publish books on just about any subject. Although honestly, this isn't the weirdest book I've ever heard about. I think that honor still goes to the Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopedia.