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A Boob’s Life 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. Good Morning America's "25 must-read books" for March Zibby Owen's "Books that Got Me Through Quarantine," on Katie Couric's "Wake-Up Call"  *Now in development A Boob’s Life 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. Good Morning America's "25 must-read books" for March Zibby Owen's "Books that Got Me Through Quarantine," on Katie Couric's "Wake-Up Call"  *Now in development with Salma Hayak as a TV series for HBO Max* Author Leslie Lehr wants to talk about boobs. She’s gone from size AA to DDD and everything between, from puberty to motherhood, enhancement to cancer, and beyond. And she’s not alone—these are classic life stages for women today. 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. From her prize-winning fiction to her viral New York Times Modern Love essay, exploring the challenges facing contemporary women has been Lehr’s life-long passion. A Boob’s Life, her first project since breast cancer treatment, continues this mission, taking readers on a wildly informative, deeply personal, and utterly relatable journey. No matter your gender, you’ll never view this sexy and sacred body part the same way again.


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A Boob’s Life 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. Good Morning America's "25 must-read books" for March Zibby Owen's "Books that Got Me Through Quarantine," on Katie Couric's "Wake-Up Call"  *Now in development A Boob’s Life 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. Good Morning America's "25 must-read books" for March Zibby Owen's "Books that Got Me Through Quarantine," on Katie Couric's "Wake-Up Call"  *Now in development with Salma Hayak as a TV series for HBO Max* Author Leslie Lehr wants to talk about boobs. She’s gone from size AA to DDD and everything between, from puberty to motherhood, enhancement to cancer, and beyond. And she’s not alone—these are classic life stages for women today. 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. From her prize-winning fiction to her viral New York Times Modern Love essay, exploring the challenges facing contemporary women has been Lehr’s life-long passion. A Boob’s Life, her first project since breast cancer treatment, continues this mission, taking readers on a wildly informative, deeply personal, and utterly relatable journey. No matter your gender, you’ll never view this sexy and sacred body part the same way again.

30 review for A Boob's Life: How America's Obsession Shaped Me—and You

  1. 4 out of 5

    Heather Gudenkauf

    Leslie Lehr’s A BOOB’S LIFE is told with heart, humor, hope and a whole lot of sassiness. Lehr fearlessly and candidly brings us along on her breast cancer journey and beyond. Have a box of tissues at the ready as you read this deeply personal memoir, you’ll need them to wipe away tears of heartache and laughter.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    This book is promoted as part memoir, part cultural study. I think it’s way more memoir than cultural study, and I was hoping for more of the latter. It’s still a really interesting book, especially for anyone who hasn’t sort of looked at this issue before - the issue of how we define beauty and perfection in women and how much it’s based on their appearance. There are some really interesting elements in the book, such as the question “how do we distinguish empowerment from exploitation when the This book is promoted as part memoir, part cultural study. I think it’s way more memoir than cultural study, and I was hoping for more of the latter. It’s still a really interesting book, especially for anyone who hasn’t sort of looked at this issue before - the issue of how we define beauty and perfection in women and how much it’s based on their appearance. There are some really interesting elements in the book, such as the question “how do we distinguish empowerment from exploitation when the viewer benefits from both?” And statistics around breast augmentation, such as a quote from the American Association of plastic surgeons in 1982 “small breasts are ‘a disease’ that leads to ‘a total lack of well-being.’” Another interesting statistic: in 1998, 40 of the 51 contestants in Miss USA have breast implants. In the end, I’m not really sure what the authors point was in writing this book. At one point she writes “that was how I felt about breasts too I realized. My prejudice against them was more about their bad reputation than the reality. “Even after reading 2/3 of the book before coming across these sentences, I’m not really sure what she means by that.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Zibby Owens

    The book is interesting because the author used her own experience with breast cancer and how she was raised to create a beautiful memoir. She was able to weave in this unique packaging centered around boobs. At its core, this book is about her life—from diving off the high board to falling in love and to having your life get knocked off course. I just loved it. This book will help women see someone's whole life from the breast perspective and realize how much the culture has affected how we fee The book is interesting because the author used her own experience with breast cancer and how she was raised to create a beautiful memoir. She was able to weave in this unique packaging centered around boobs. At its core, this book is about her life—from diving off the high board to falling in love and to having your life get knocked off course. I just loved it. This book will help women see someone's whole life from the breast perspective and realize how much the culture has affected how we feel about our bodies, and even judge other women. But this isn't a book about breast cancer that is only covered in two chapters; it's about self-care and taking care of our bodies. The author reminds us that we are all obsessed with boobs in some way. We don't realize how much. Every day, we get up and have to do something with them. We have feelings about them, and everyone has a boob story. The author reminds us to love our bodies...and our boobs. To listen to my interview with the author, go to my podcast at: https://zibbyowens.com/transcript/les...

  4. 5 out of 5

    Leah

    Though I was initially disappointed when I realized this was more memoir than history, I soon found myself hooked and couldn't tear myself away - sprinkled throughout the author's own story of going from an A-cup to DD (and everything in between) to battling breast cancer to her rocky relationship with her father, are really fascinating (and shocking and horrifying and disheartening) bits of trivia that I lapped up. Though I was initially disappointed when I realized this was more memoir than history, I soon found myself hooked and couldn't tear myself away - sprinkled throughout the author's own story of going from an A-cup to DD (and everything in between) to battling breast cancer to her rocky relationship with her father, are really fascinating (and shocking and horrifying and disheartening) bits of trivia that I lapped up.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Laura Kemp

    This book took me on an incredible journey, one I recognized, at times, as my own story. Lehr's ability to weave each woman's personal experience with their own breasts into a memoir was captivating. It was at times funny, heartbreaking and brutally honest in its portrayal of her breast cancer experience. The facts and figures regarding 'boob culture' were enlightening, and I'm sure every woman, no matter their bra size, would benefit from reading this book. I know I have! This book took me on an incredible journey, one I recognized, at times, as my own story. Lehr's ability to weave each woman's personal experience with their own breasts into a memoir was captivating. It was at times funny, heartbreaking and brutally honest in its portrayal of her breast cancer experience. The facts and figures regarding 'boob culture' were enlightening, and I'm sure every woman, no matter their bra size, would benefit from reading this book. I know I have!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Bekah Izard

    Leslie Lehr’s "A Boob’s Life: How America’s Obsession Shaped Me...and You" is a relatable and revealing deep dive into the American cultural phenomenon that is our fixation on breasts. Working us through significant events in her past, such as the second wave of feminism, the physical and mental effects of motherhood, domestic abuse, a boob job, and breast cancer, Lehr coats the discriminatory pill women are too often forced to swallow with enough truth and wittiness to make her readers spit it Leslie Lehr’s "A Boob’s Life: How America’s Obsession Shaped Me...and You" is a relatable and revealing deep dive into the American cultural phenomenon that is our fixation on breasts. Working us through significant events in her past, such as the second wave of feminism, the physical and mental effects of motherhood, domestic abuse, a boob job, and breast cancer, Lehr coats the discriminatory pill women are too often forced to swallow with enough truth and wittiness to make her readers spit it back up. She challenges America’s limiting perception that a woman can only be either/or (i.e. either having breasts or being intelligent) through her vulnerable and strong narrative. Before going any further in this review, I feel it necessary to specify A Boob’s Life depicts womanhood in America from a cis-gendered, white, and heterosexual experience. That being said, Lehr does pay some acknowledgement of the privileges she holds as a middle-class white woman and the unjust treatment of women of differing identities throughout the decades. As I am also a middle-class, cis-gendered white woman, I cannot speak on behalf of all identities if Lehr’s acknowledgements are sufficient. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I can say Lehr’s heterosexual lens was apparent when discussing her relationships with men and offered little to no diversity in queer women’s perceptions of and experiences with breasts in America. Still, this did not hinder my enjoyment while reading or the level of enlightenment Lehr’s stories inspired for me. The book follows a chronological timeline starting with early memories of Lehr as a little girl amidst the second wave of feminism in the 60s and 70s. For millennial and gen Z readers, she brings up a conundrum we may not have considered before: being a young girl who wants a bra because the culture deems boobs desirable while also witnessing a counter-culture of grown women burn bras as symbols of oppression. It’s a conundrum of desires wrapped up in a young girl’s naivety and developing awareness of how her body is politicized. When you read Lehr’s experiences as a child in this cultural climate, you’re both amused and disturbed. The image of her innocently flipping through her dad’s dirty comics out of curiosity is tainted by the upsetting realization that fathers can be the first ones to expose their daughters to the overt sexualization and objectification of women. It’s no wonder why Lehr, and so many other women, struggle with the perception of our own bodies. Adding more complexity to an already compounding topic, this memoire’s strength is also its weakness. Lehr calls out the ‘double bind’ of womanhood in America—the one that puts women in an impossible stance between two things and begs the question “[h]ow do we distinguish empowerment from exploitation when the viewer benefits from both?” It’s more than a fair question. Women have been villainized and praised for their boobs in American culture for decades and with recent historical trends, such as Instagram’s #freethenipple, the question is as prevalent as ever. How can we express agency and control over our own bodies when the larger culture is still going to take what it wants from those bodies: easily-accessible-boobs? While Lehr eloquently crafts the words to define this struggle, she at times falls into the same mindset that she rallies against and her observations about other women and their decisions come off uncomfortably judgmental and hypocritical. This is presented as a recurring struggle from her childhood into the present. It was conflicting to read Lehr’s proud declaration that her mother was the only mom in their late mid-century neighborhood to have a job. I felt unsettled and had to go back and read that statement again because it just didn’t feel right. And then it hit me: she puts down other women to compliment one. Though Lehr should praise her mother for having work and an education during a time when women were more widely expected to stay at home with their children, she does this by casting the other stay-at-home mothers on their block in a less flattering light. Essentially, Lehr inadvertently judges the other women for not working and decontextualizes them as individuals by expressing the same damaging mindset that binds all women in America: if this one can look this way or can do this thing, why can’t the rest of you? This practice of comparing and contrasting women continues on throughout her teens with her bitter feelings toward women with larger breasts and into her adulthood with her continued judgement of women who get implants (while being one of those women herself). Still, the redeeming quality of these moments is that she is aware of the hypocrisy as she recounts them now. This tension between past and present thinking illustrates the mental war that is the double bind. American women are raised in a culture that largely judges us for anything to do with our bodies; it’s a continuous and strenuous effort to reject that teaching so ingrained in our skulls. In this way, her struggle with accepting her breasts becomes more than just a personal one. Her self-reflection on how she both adds to the double bind and is constrained by it highlights the frustrating and guilt-wrecking reality of women who want to support other women in a culture that trains us to see one another as competition. Whether you have small, big, medium, implanted, or (as Lehr refers to her own) Picasso boobs, A Boob’s Life is an enriching and complex experience that provides a space in which women readers may think about their own struggles with and admiration for their bodies in a country that’s continuously obsessed with what’s on your chest. No better message could be asked for from a book like this than Lehr’s final declaration in her acknowledgements: “Love your boobs!”

  7. 5 out of 5

    Bookclubcheerleader

    This is a memoir--no it's a history of hooters--nope is just completely dope! Everyone must read this book! This is a memoir--no it's a history of hooters--nope is just completely dope! Everyone must read this book!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    To be honest with y’all, I don’t know where to begin with this review. Leslie Lehr’s story meant so much to me. I’ve always been a woman who has struggled with image issues (is there a woman out there who doesn’t?), and after having a mastectomy my breasts became something I couldn’t even stand to look at in the mirror. And, it’s been that way for over 10 years now. The struggle is real ladies, and I’m not even dealing with “real” boob issues anymore. Anyway…enough with my sad crap and on to mor To be honest with y’all, I don’t know where to begin with this review. Leslie Lehr’s story meant so much to me. I’ve always been a woman who has struggled with image issues (is there a woman out there who doesn’t?), and after having a mastectomy my breasts became something I couldn’t even stand to look at in the mirror. And, it’s been that way for over 10 years now. The struggle is real ladies, and I’m not even dealing with “real” boob issues anymore. Anyway…enough with my sad crap and on to more of the review… A Boob’s Life is Lehr’s honest, insightful, and open story of her own battle with breast cancer and some excellent breast history. She also dives into how society and culture have defined the way women feel about their bodies and how women can even view and judge each other - Take a moment and think about that for a second…How do you as a female view other women on image alone? I’ve personally have had tons of women over the years tell me how jealous they are of my implants. The honest response I want to give them, but never do is, “I would gladly trade you, because not having nipples is still causing me to cringe every single day.” Got side tracked again…back to the review… Her story was filled with humor, and I loved it. I’m always someone who looks to the joy and humor of something whenever I can, so Lehr’s witty and entertaining writing kept me engaged in her memoir from the first chapter. What really brings Lehr’s story home is the way she is able to be honest in the telling of her own journey through breast cancer. Her frankness gave a lot of grounding and power to her story. From there her encouragement for self-care and self-appreciation bring the story full circle, and I feel that this is really the main takeaway from her journey. Overall, this is a thought provoking and poignant book that tells an educational story that will touch all women. Oh, and ladies touch those boobies every single day checking for lumps. Age does not matter! I’m really looking forward to Salma Hayak’s production/tv series creation of this book for HBO Max. I’ve never once said this, but I am now…I’ll be right there sitting on my couch watching the first episode, and I cannot wait!!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Melanie Chartoff

    Leslie Lehr's daring new book will do for the breast what Eve Ensler's illustrious play did for the vagina. She is taking this body part and all its conflictual connotations out of the closet for us to consider. Early shocks made her the perfect spokesperson for breasts. Finding a topless Polaroid of her mother, then being compared to a more developed friend by her father when but a budding teen, had a huge impact on her.  Marrying an old-fashioned chauvinist like her Daddy did, too. And like most Leslie Lehr's daring new book will do for the breast what Eve Ensler's illustrious play did for the vagina. She is taking this body part and all its conflictual connotations out of the closet for us to consider. Early shocks made her the perfect spokesperson for breasts. Finding a topless Polaroid of her mother, then being compared to a more developed friend by her father when but a budding teen, had a huge impact on her.  Marrying an old-fashioned chauvinist like her Daddy did, too. And like most women her age, commodifying her own objectification plays into her upward mobility.  Like me, female readers of her generation may identify with much of this find relief in her catharsis. Like me, readers will be fascinated by the locus of the nipple being the intersection of the sacred with the profane, the Madonna vs the Whore—a holy land that makes men hot! As naturalists measure the age of trees by their rings, this cultural anthropologist of a memoirist measures her life phases by the culture's evolving attitudes toward her boobs: cheerleader culture, movie stars appearing topless in Playboy and actresses fully exposed in films; Miss USA contestants having implants, covered by insurance as enhanced breasts are deemed to improve lives (whose lives was never specified); the influence of Victoria's Secret; Dallas Cheerleaders; Girls Gone Wild. Her chapter titles chart the evolution of her bosomy attitudes over time: Daddy's Little Girl, Live Nude Women, Smart Vs Pretty, from Ms to Mom, Boob Job, Chemo Chick are examples that hint at the arc of her book. Spoiler:  New love and a great marriage, plus the certain success of "Boob's Life" should bring this author a prolonged happy ending.

  10. 5 out of 5

    John Truby

    Best book I’ve read in a long time This is a brilliant book that will move you to tears and make you laugh out loud. Putting great insight together with deep emotion is extremely difficult for any writer to pull off, but author Leslie Lehr has done it. The book begins by taking you on her personal journey as she overcomes the obstacles in her life, both large and small. But then she quickly taps into the zeitgeist better than any book in years. She effectively uses a subject, a premise, and an ent Best book I’ve read in a long time This is a brilliant book that will move you to tears and make you laugh out loud. Putting great insight together with deep emotion is extremely difficult for any writer to pull off, but author Leslie Lehr has done it. The book begins by taking you on her personal journey as she overcomes the obstacles in her life, both large and small. But then she quickly taps into the zeitgeist better than any book in years. She effectively uses a subject, a premise, and an entirely new genre structure that together touches a nerve in a totally original way. A Boob’s Life is a comical twist on the title of the famous memoir, A Boy’s Life. It’s primarily a comedy, and a surprisingly funny one at that. It’s the story of her own life but told through the point of view of her breasts and how they affected every major stage of her life. In my opinion by doing this she accomplishes the biggest feat for a memoir – showing how hers is everywoman’s story. Not only that, she also added the genre of cultural commentary, which completely transcends the personal memoir form. She shows how America’s obsession with over-sexualizing breasts through advertising created a perfect storm of expectations of beauty and behavior that harms women. Lehr pays off all these threads and reverberates with today’s challenges faced by women by coming to a new revelation about her own feminism, an inclusionary feminism for everyone, showing that justice for women, of every appearance, is freedom for us all. That’s really something, and it’s an incredibly fun journey to go on with her. If you want something that makes you laugh, cry, and maybe think about yourself and your world in a whole new way, read this book!

  11. 5 out of 5

    H. Gewirtz

    Leslie Lehr’s highly entertaining, and witty memoir, A Boob’s Life, paints a vivid portrait of a modern woman as she grows from girlhood to maturity, tying in the powerful theme of how central a woman’s breasts can be to her identity from an early age. Along the way, we learn some delightfully arcane history of the boob, so you can amaze your friends at your next dinner party (assuming there will be one). Through her own experience, Lehr reveals how underappreciated and underestimated women can Leslie Lehr’s highly entertaining, and witty memoir, A Boob’s Life, paints a vivid portrait of a modern woman as she grows from girlhood to maturity, tying in the powerful theme of how central a woman’s breasts can be to her identity from an early age. Along the way, we learn some delightfully arcane history of the boob, so you can amaze your friends at your next dinner party (assuming there will be one). Through her own experience, Lehr reveals how underappreciated and underestimated women can be, and sometimes underappreciates herself. The reader shrinks with her as she loses her self-identity in her abusive first marriage but then grows with the strength and support of her current husband and soulmate. I don’t think it’s a spoiler to say that breast cancer makes its dreaded, unwelcome appearance, but this is where Lehr’s book goes from being absorbing to essential. With startling frankness, Lehr takes us along on her harrowing journey from diagnosis to treatment with a novelist’s eye for detail and the narrative power to make us feel. A highly active woman, in the face of cancer Lehr must surrender to a brutal treatment regimen. We now know far more intimately, even if our mother died of the disease, just how horrific the experience is. While packed with insight, the book is also a brisk read. Women will doubtlessly relate strongly to A Boob’s Life but it may be even more important for men who can’t know firsthand just how f-king hard it is to be a woman! I know more now and I’m the wiser for it. This wonderful memoir gets an unqualified five stars.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    This is in no way, shape, or form (puns intended) a boring book. Leslie Lehr has written a fresh, entertaining and truly insightful book about something we constantly live with and will never take for granted. Except you may not realize just how much time in your life is filled just dealing with the different aspects of simply possessing this front and center feature. Sounds simple, but it's not. Think about it for a minute. Your mom had them, right? Ever wonder what they looked like when you we This is in no way, shape, or form (puns intended) a boring book. Leslie Lehr has written a fresh, entertaining and truly insightful book about something we constantly live with and will never take for granted. Except you may not realize just how much time in your life is filled just dealing with the different aspects of simply possessing this front and center feature. Sounds simple, but it's not. Think about it for a minute. Your mom had them, right? Ever wonder what they looked like when you were a kid? If you're female, did you ever wonder if yours would end up looking as good? Or maybe even better? (See, even as a kid, you're already judging!) Someday, you may consider breast enhancement. Yay or nay? How old? What size? And then there's the consideration of how should we dress for different situations. How much is okay to reveal? And the discussion isn't complete without talking about the flip side. Like possible misogyny in the workplace. Or even living through breast cancer which impacts way too many of us. What was surprising to me as I read through the pages was how much having boobs truly impacts all of our lives. What society expects. What we expect of ourselves. The upside and the downside. I really, really enjoyed reading this memoir and can unequivocally recommend it to anyone. It is so well-researched. And entertaining in a way that kept me turning pages in record time. I can't wait to see what Salma Hayek does with this on HBO Max. Thank you to Leslie Lehr and Pegasus Books for my copy. Now if you will excuse me, I need to go find a Nordstrom's.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Solotar

    If you have mammary glands -- and let's face it, we ALL do -- you should read this book. If you have breasts/boobs (call them what you will), whether natural or enhanced (it doesn't matter), you NEED to read this book. As a woman, you may not be "obsessed" (Lehr's word) with the size and/or shape of your boobs, but they have definitely had an impact on you, as have all the boobs that came before yours. Your life as a person with boobs has also been manipulated by the various supportive or suppre If you have mammary glands -- and let's face it, we ALL do -- you should read this book. If you have breasts/boobs (call them what you will), whether natural or enhanced (it doesn't matter), you NEED to read this book. As a woman, you may not be "obsessed" (Lehr's word) with the size and/or shape of your boobs, but they have definitely had an impact on you, as have all the boobs that came before yours. Your life as a person with boobs has also been manipulated by the various supportive or suppressive apparatuses designed to contain them. And that's only part of this extremely well-researched story. Leslie Lehr takes the reader on a curious, happy, sad, tragic, fortunate, joyful journey in this body-conscious memoir and personal history of self-awareness that is also an historical account of the evolution of one woman's experiences with feminism as seen through the lens of her own body. If you don't read it now, you'll want to read it once it becomes an HBO series produced by Salma Hayek (yes, THAT Salma Hayek!). So why wait? Get *abreast* (see what I did there?) of this story while the ink is still fresh.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nursebookie

    A Boob’s Life by Leslie Lehr is a well written memoir that is truly insightful, eye opening, powerful and a must read. I enjoyed reading about the historical and social constructs of one of the most controversial body part, and glean a lot of shocking data and statistics sprinkled throughout, making this book wildly informative. Leslie Lehr opens up her life, and her journey including her battle with breast cancer which was incredibly moving. This book however is hopeful and positive, and encour A Boob’s Life by Leslie Lehr is a well written memoir that is truly insightful, eye opening, powerful and a must read. I enjoyed reading about the historical and social constructs of one of the most controversial body part, and glean a lot of shocking data and statistics sprinkled throughout, making this book wildly informative. Leslie Lehr opens up her life, and her journey including her battle with breast cancer which was incredibly moving. This book however is hopeful and positive, and encourages the readers to evaluate the influence of boobs in our lives - from the source of self esteem and power, to the source of giving life as nutrition, and the source of taking life too with a devastating disease. Leslie Lehr was able to deliver with such a strong impact, this message of self-care and early detection, in a lighthearted and humorous way through this very important book. As a healthcare provider, I deliver a stamp of approval and this is a must read. I am so excited to see this in HBO Max with Salma Hayek.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Phyllis Jones Pisanelli Reviews

     I don’t usually read memoirs or nonfiction so, reading A Boob’s Life by Leslie Lehr was a huge step out of my comfort zone. If you know me, you know I don’t easily leave my comfort zone. This book was worth it! Leslie tells us about her relationship with her breasts. Some of her story is going to be familiar with all of us. Oh, how we wanted to grow up and have boobies! Most girls couldn’t wait for that to happen. She elects to have augmentation and later is diagnosed with cancer. I found her an  I don’t usually read memoirs or nonfiction so, reading A Boob’s Life by Leslie Lehr was a huge step out of my comfort zone. If you know me, you know I don’t easily leave my comfort zone. This book was worth it! Leslie tells us about her relationship with her breasts. Some of her story is going to be familiar with all of us. Oh, how we wanted to grow up and have boobies! Most girls couldn’t wait for that to happen. She elects to have augmentation and later is diagnosed with cancer. I found her and her family’s story very interesting.  Her research was phenomenal. She dug up some pretty interesting facts about women’s issues and breasts. I didn’t realize breast cancer rates were as high as they are and the rate increases with age. That alone makes me want to keep up with mammogram screenings. That is one big plus with her story. She does discuss how her relationship with her breasts developed and a lot about how society sees them. I’m just not sure I ever gave them that much thought in my lifetime.  If you like memoirs, you probably will like this book. It gives you a lot to think about and probably should be read by most young women. I received a copy of this book from the author for a fair and honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sasha

    Let's be frank, America is obsessed with boobs. What to sell something? Boobs. What to attract a man? Boobs. Get pulled over and want to attempt to get out of a ticket? Boobs. They are everywhere, yet many people are unable to have an honest conversation about them outside of their simple, sexy existence. In A Boob’s Life, Lehr dives into the world of boobs; their history, their influence, and the taboos that sometimes surround them, as well as her own personal experiences, from a boob job to ca Let's be frank, America is obsessed with boobs. What to sell something? Boobs. What to attract a man? Boobs. Get pulled over and want to attempt to get out of a ticket? Boobs. They are everywhere, yet many people are unable to have an honest conversation about them outside of their simple, sexy existence. In A Boob’s Life, Lehr dives into the world of boobs; their history, their influence, and the taboos that sometimes surround them, as well as her own personal experiences, from a boob job to cancer and everything in between. I absolutely loved A Boob’s Life. Lehr is so honest in her writing, sharing many funny, amusing moments from her life, but she doesn't shy away from sharing those sad, heartbreaking moments with the reader as well; she will make you laugh and cry, sometimes at the same time. Her writing style invited me right into her life and after reading her book I felt like she and I sat and had a conversation as opposed to my simply turning some pages; A Boob’s Life is more than simple ink on paper. I really enjoyed the bits of boob history that are found within the narrative. They are not only informative, but they were really eye-opening for me and set the record straight on some situations that I was misinformed, or ignorant, about. A Boob’s Life shows how strong women, and Leslie Lehr specifically, are and how far we have all come, but it doesn't hide the fact that we still have a long way to go until we are treated as equal members of society. A Boob’s Life: How America’s Obsession Shaped Me...and You is a fabulous memoir that I think any woman, and many men as well, can benefit from reading; I cannot recommend it enough. It is thought-provoking and honest and will stick with you after reading the last page. A Boob’s Life is available now; go read it! Thank you to Leslie Lehr and Pegasus Books for gifting me an advanced copy of A Boob’s Life: How America’s Obsession Shaped Me...and You, given in exchange for an honest review; all opinions are my own.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Aimee Dars

    Thank you so much to @tlcbooktours and @pegasusbooks for including me in the blog tour for 𝘈 𝘉𝘰𝘰𝘣’𝘴 𝘓𝘪𝘧𝘦 by @leslielehr1 and for a gifted copy of the book. This is a fascinating and beautifully written memoir combined with a cultural history of breasts. In addition to an intimate view of her life from her childhood and parents’ divorce, her own troubled first marriage, motherhood, and breast cancer, Lehr contextualizes her experiences. Some things I learned: 4,000,000 bras are manufactured each d Thank you so much to @tlcbooktours and @pegasusbooks for including me in the blog tour for 𝘈 𝘉𝘰𝘰𝘣’𝘴 𝘓𝘪𝘧𝘦 by @leslielehr1 and for a gifted copy of the book. This is a fascinating and beautifully written memoir combined with a cultural history of breasts. In addition to an intimate view of her life from her childhood and parents’ divorce, her own troubled first marriage, motherhood, and breast cancer, Lehr contextualizes her experiences. Some things I learned: 4,000,000 bras are manufactured each day, and in 1998, 41 of 50 Miss USA contestants had had breast enlargement surgery, and most women do not know their accurate bra size. 𝘈 𝘉𝘰𝘰𝘣’𝘴 𝘓𝘪𝘧𝘦 was published on March 2 and is already in development as a TV series for HBO Max. I recommend for anyone who enjoys reading memoirs!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Carla Suto

    A BOOB’S LIFE by Leslie Lehr is a poignant and thought-provoking book that is an engaging blend of personal memoir and American history and culture surrounding women’s breasts. Told with wit, humor and compassion, the author delves into how these iconic body parts shaped her life from childhood through motherhood to augmentation and later surviving breast cancer treatment. Beginning in the 1960s and wrapping up in the present day, the reader is taken from the start of the women’s liberation move A BOOB’S LIFE by Leslie Lehr is a poignant and thought-provoking book that is an engaging blend of personal memoir and American history and culture surrounding women’s breasts. Told with wit, humor and compassion, the author delves into how these iconic body parts shaped her life from childhood through motherhood to augmentation and later surviving breast cancer treatment. Beginning in the 1960s and wrapping up in the present day, the reader is taken from the start of the women’s liberation movement to today’s important conversations about women’s issues. I found this book to be completely relatable and insightful and I highly recommend it. Thank you to the author for providing me with an advance copy.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sue Fernandez

    Thank you to Edelweiss for a digital ARC of this book, A Boob’s Life, in exchange for my honest review. This book touched me in ways I didn't expect. It made me uncomfortable, made me think about my own youth, early parenthood and now. The author writes in a way that you stop and think, "Wait...why have we always been like that?" Ms. Lehr incorporates her own history, as well as sprinkling little facts in each chapter. Every bit of this is non fiction perfection. Thank you to Edelweiss for a digital ARC of this book, A Boob’s Life, in exchange for my honest review. This book touched me in ways I didn't expect. It made me uncomfortable, made me think about my own youth, early parenthood and now. The author writes in a way that you stop and think, "Wait...why have we always been like that?" Ms. Lehr incorporates her own history, as well as sprinkling little facts in each chapter. Every bit of this is non fiction perfection.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Katherine Vaz

    Leslie Lehr's memoir is wonderfully readable, witty throughout--though she doesn't stint on some harrowing moments. A valuable addition to literature about the female body, the book lifts the curtain on abuse, how women process their self-worth, and on the nature and fright of breast cancer. But she keeps a steady tone as a survivor too. Not surprised the book is gathering momentum as a must-read. Leslie Lehr's memoir is wonderfully readable, witty throughout--though she doesn't stint on some harrowing moments. A valuable addition to literature about the female body, the book lifts the curtain on abuse, how women process their self-worth, and on the nature and fright of breast cancer. But she keeps a steady tone as a survivor too. Not surprised the book is gathering momentum as a must-read.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lea M

    I wanted to love this. The author IS right about everything she says, and there is a lot that needs to change. But I thought there would be a bit more from it. This book reads more like a memoir than anything information based. There is a LOT of the author talking about her own experience, which is fine! Just not what I expected or was looking for going into the book. Still, not a bad book, just didn't love it. I appreciate the conversations it's trying to open up. I wanted to love this. The author IS right about everything she says, and there is a lot that needs to change. But I thought there would be a bit more from it. This book reads more like a memoir than anything information based. There is a LOT of the author talking about her own experience, which is fine! Just not what I expected or was looking for going into the book. Still, not a bad book, just didn't love it. I appreciate the conversations it's trying to open up.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mrs Mommy Booknerd http://mrsmommybooknerd.blogspot.com

    I am not sure I will fully be able to capture how much I loved this book. Not only because the content is told with raw honesty, humor and vulnerability, but also because Leslie is simply stated, an amazing human. I loved that Leslie did not shy away from anything and is a force when it comes to clearly explaining what a complicated relationships women have with their bodies (boobs). I am calling for action...get this book and then share your love of it everywhere!!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Niffer

    I suspect some people will want to argue with my 3 star rating when I say I liked this book. But if you look at the Goodreads rating system, 3 stars means "I liked it." And I did, more or less. It wasn't knock my socks off amazing, and I had a hard time identifying with the author quite a bit, but it was definitely worth the read and I suspect that it's one of those books that I will recommend to others in the future. I suspect some people will want to argue with my 3 star rating when I say I liked this book. But if you look at the Goodreads rating system, 3 stars means "I liked it." And I did, more or less. It wasn't knock my socks off amazing, and I had a hard time identifying with the author quite a bit, but it was definitely worth the read and I suspect that it's one of those books that I will recommend to others in the future.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Staci Greason

    Leslie Lehr’s memoir is witty, courageous, educational, insightful, and fun! I learned a lot more about boobs, and their American history as it relates to my own experiences. And I deeply appreciated the author’s open-hearted generosity in sharing her own boob challenges. Lehr does not flinch from the real conversation. This one has spunk. And I like spunk!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Every woman should read this book! Part memoir, feminist studies, history and cultural studies all wrapped up in one. A fascinating read! They have a movie of this book coming out with Salma Hayek in the lead role!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kennedy Ormsby

    4.5/5 stars A funny, informative, and heartwarming memoir. I loved how she told her own story with the backdrop of breasts in American culture. There were tons of statistics that shocked me and her personal experiences gave the book the emotional edge it needed. Loved!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kaira Rouda

    I loved this book. It's poignant, personal and powerful. Leslie's story, American history, and humor all wrapped into one. I loved this book. It's poignant, personal and powerful. Leslie's story, American history, and humor all wrapped into one.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Penelope Przekop

    I loved this book! Leslie Lehr has given the world a gutsy, honest, and informative perspective of life with boobs. Highly recommended!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Krystle

    A great heartwarming memoir with a lot of historical facts about women’s rights, Playboy and boobs interspersed.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Melindannk

    Fantastic

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