I received a copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions expressed are my own honest opinions.
ManyPaws is an innovative “altered book” by author, Susan DeGarmo. It is a light-hearted, interactive pop-up book for women on getting older and going through the change.
I’m sure if you’re over 45 you’ve asked yourself…”What’s happening to my body and mind? I feel like I’m going crazy!” I know I did.
While teaching a course on altering books (books that have “altered” by folding pages, adding paints, rubber stamps, collages, anything you can think of!), I had a hot flash and decided to create this altered book: “ManyPaws, The Years of Change.” The book’s by-line said, “The Years of Change” and boy, that was me! So, I made it my own by adding the title “ManyPaws” which is a play on the word… menopause. No respectable woman is going to have a book laying around that says “Menopause”!
ManyPaws is a lighthearted pop-up book where I’ve shared my own goofy stories about what I went through with menopause, a few tidbits about aging and a few observations about our body parts (hehe!). In the front, you can add pictures of your friends or family and personalize the book just for them. It’s just for laughs, ladies. I’m not a physician and have no idea how to treat your symptoms, but am a survivor of the change! You will be, too! ~ Susan DeGarmo
Everything about this book is a bit unique, creative and fun! You can even customize it and place your own photos or those of one of your loved ones over the existing photos in the book and give this as a personalized gift. I think most “women in the middle” will appreciate this book and its distinct humor. It sends a message that it is OK for us to laugh at ourselves and that we are all in the same boat when it comes to menopause.
I scanned one of my favorite pages from the book below. “Do your boobs hang low? Do they wobble to & fro? Can you tie them in A knot? Can you tie them in a Bow?” And the pop up head allows you to adjust the boobs on that page to wherever yours are hanging for the day. Most days for me…that would be pretty darn low. 😉
About the Author:
Susan DeGarmo was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. For almost eighteen years, off and on, she has taught graphic design at a design college. She is married to an incredible guy, has two beautiful daughters, two son-in-laws and 5 grands.
You can purchase ManyPaws on Amazon or on Susan’s website www.manypawsforwomen.com. Make sure you stop by Susan’s website. She has full-color greeting cards available on her website that are taken from the pages of ManyPaws and would be perfect to send to a friend who might be experiencing their own “manypaws” moments. There is also a cute video to watch and a blog where you can find out more about Susan and what she is up to.
Susan has also generously donated three ManyPaws books to be raffled off! Just leave a comment below and on 11/5/14 we will randomly select three winners.
Pam Buttikofer is a co-founder of Imperfect Women. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband of 37 years and enjoys spending time with her husband, sons and her lovable pups.