Don't kill the birthday girl

362.196 BEA

browse shelf >>

Don't kill the birthday girl : tales from an allergic life

Beasley, Sandra.

New York : Crown Publishers, c2011.

viii, 229 p. ; 22 cm.

Rate this title or write a review

A beautifully written and darkly funny journey through the world of the allergic.
 
Like twelve million other Americans, Sandra Beasley suffers from food allergies. Her allergies--severe and lifelong--include dairy, egg, soy, beef, shrimp, pine nuts, cucumbers, cantaloupe, honeydew, mango, macadamias, pistachios, cashews, swordfish, and mustard. Add to that mold, dust, grass and tree pollen, cigarette smoke, dogs, rabbits, horses, and wool, and it's no wonder Sandra felt she had to live her life as "Allergy Girl." When butter is deadly and eggs can make your throat swell shut, cupcakes and other treats of childhood are out of the question--and so Sandra's mother used to warn guests against a toxic, frosting-tinged kiss with "Don't kill the birthday girl!"
 
It may seem that such a person is "not really designed to survive," as one blunt nutritionist declared while visiting Sandra's fourth-grade class. But Sandra has not only survived, she's thrived--now an essayist, editor, and award-winning poet, she has learned to navigate a world in which danger can lurk in an unassuming corn chip. Don't Kill the Birthday Girl is her story.
 
With candor, wit, and a journalist's curiosity, Sandra draws on her own experiences while covering the scientific, cultural, and sociological terrain of allergies. She explains exactly what an allergy is, describes surviving a family reunion in heart-of-Texas beef country with her vegetarian sister, delves into how being allergic has affected her romantic relationships, exposes the dark side of Benadryl, explains how parents can work with schools to protect their allergic children, and details how people with allergies should advocate for themselves in a restaurant.
 
A compelling mix of memoir, cultural history, and science, Don't Kill the Birthday Girl is mandatory reading for the millions of families navigating the world of allergies--and a not-to-be-missed literary treat for the rest of us.

Available

Hardback BookHardback Book

1 copy available at PCSD HS

ISBN:

978-0-307-58811-1 : $23.00

Author:

Beasley, Sandra.

Title:

Don't kill the birthday girl : tales from an allergic life / Sandra Beasley.

VaryingTitle:

Do not kill the birthday girl.

Edition:

1st ed.

Publisher:

New York : Crown Publishers, c2011.

Physical:

viii, 229 p. ; 22 cm.

Citation/Refs:

Booklist, June 01, 2011.

Citation/Refs:

Kirkus Reviews, May 01, 2011.

Citation/Refs:

Publishers Weekly, April 25, 2011.

Citation/Refs:

Library Journal Prepub Alert, January 17, 2011.

Target Audience:

Adult. Brodart.

Target Audience:

Adult. Brodart.

Subject:

Beasley, Sandra--Health.

Subject:

Food allergy--United States--Case studies.

Subject:

Food allergy--Patients--United States--Biography.

Field Ind Subfield Data
001 Control No     14039
005 LastTransaction     20111108150524.0
008 Data Elements     101015s2011 nyu 000 0aeng
010 LCCN   $a Record content licensor  2010043724
020 ISBN   $a ISBN  978-0-307-58811-1 :
    $c Terms of availability  $23.00
035 System Ctrl No   $a System control number  (PWmBRO)z1temp b4871937
040 Cataloging Src   $a Original cataloging agency  DLC
    $c Transcribing agency  DLC
043 GAC   $a Geographic area code  n-us---
100 ME:PersonalName 1   $a Personal name  Beasley, Sandra.
245 Title 10  $a Title  Don't kill the birthday girl :
    $b Remainder of title  tales from an allergic life /
    $c Statement of responsibility  Sandra Beasley.
246 VaryingTitle 3   $a Title proper/short title  Do not kill the birthday girl.
250 Edition   $a Edition statement  1st ed.
260 PublicationInfo   $a Place of publication, dist.  New York :
    $b Name of publisher, dist, etc  Crown Publishers,
    $c Date of publication, dist, etc  c2011.
300 Physical Desc   $a Extent  viii, 229 p. ;
    $c Dimensions  22 cm.
510 Citation/Refs 4   $a Name of source  Booklist,
    $c Location within source  June 01, 2011.
510 Citation/Refs 4   $a Name of source  Kirkus Reviews,
    $c Location within source  May 01, 2011.
510 Citation/Refs 4   $a Name of source  Publishers Weekly,
    $c Location within source  April 25, 2011.
510 Citation/Refs 4   $a Name of source  Library Journal Prepub Alert,
    $c Location within source  January 17, 2011.
521 Target Audience 1   $a Target audience note  Adult.
    $b Source  Brodart.
521 Target Audience 2   $a Target audience note  Adult.
    $b Source  Brodart.
600 Subj:Name 10  $a Personal name  Beasley, Sandra
    $x General subdivision  Health.
650 Subj:Topic $a Topical term  Food allergy
    $z Geographic subdivision  United States
    $v Form subdivision  Case studies.
650 Subj:Topic $a Topical term  Food allergy
    $x General subdivision  Patients
    $z Geographic subdivision  United States
    $v Form subdivision  Biography.
852 Holdings   $a Location  HS
    $h Classification part  362.196 BEA
    $p Barcode  30109999998886
    $9 Cost  $19.60

Editorial Reviews

Google Books Preview

preview