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A boob's life : how America's obsession shaped me... and you  Cover Image Book Book

A boob's life : how America's obsession shaped me... and you / Leslie Lehr.

Lehr, Leslie, (author.).

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  • ISBN: 9781643136226
  • ISBN: 1643136224
  • Physical Description: 346 pages, [16] unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First Pegasus Books cloth edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Pegasus Books, 2021.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 339-346).
Formatted Contents Note:
Obsession, 2015 -- part I. Breast envy : girlhood: daddy's girl, 1965 : bra basics ; Live nude women, 1966 : American women in Playboy ; History according to breasts, 1967-1970 : beauty pageants ; Smart vs. pretty, 1972 : cheerleaders : sis boom breasts ; California girls, 1978 : bare breasts in American film -- part II. The booby trap : adulthood: From Ms. to Mom, 1983 : breastfeeding basics ; Birthday babe, 1997 : better boob jokes ; Divorce : the "A" word, 2004 : emotional abuse ; Boob job, 2005 : breast augmentation by the numbers ; Peek-a-boob : dating, 2006 ; Dressing for sex, 2008 : secrets of Victoria's secret -- part III. The breast of everything : womanhood: Killer boobs, 2012 : US breast cancer statistics ; Chemo chick, 2013 : a few Americans diagnosed with breast cancer ; How not to be a role model, 2013 : breast myths and facts ; Picasso boobs, 2014 : a few nicknames for breasts ; The death of daddy's girl, 2016 : women's legal rights ; Boobs "R" Us, 2017 : first females ; The fourth wave.
Summary, etc.:
"Explores the surprising truth about women's most popular body part with vulnerable, witty frankness and true nuggets of American culture that will resonate with everyone who has breasts--or loves them. ...At turns funny and heartbreaking, A Boob's Life explores both the joys and hazards inherent to living in a woman's body. Lehr deftly blends her personal narrative with national history, starting in the 1960s with the women's liberation movement and moving to the current feminist dialogue and what it means to be a woman. Her insightful and clever writing analyzes how America's obsession with the female form has affected her own life's journey and the psyche of all women today." -- inside front jacket flap.
Subject: Lehr, Leslie.
Breast > Social aspects.
Breast > Popular works.
Women > History.
Body image in women.
Authors, American > 21st century > Biography.
Women authors, American > 21st century > Biography.
Women authors, American.
Body image in women.
Authors, American.
Breast > Social aspects.
Genre: Personal narratives.
Personal narratives.
Popular works.

Available copies

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Burlington Public Library System. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Burlington Public Library.


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Burlington Public Library 391.6082 LEHR 2021 39851001612044 Non-fiction Available -

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