Breasts: Our Most Public Private Parts

by Meema Spadola | Nonfiction |
ISBN: 1885171277 Global Overview for this book
Registered by tashajean of Clinton, Wisconsin USA on 12/21/2004
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27 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by tashajean from Clinton, Wisconsin USA on Tuesday, December 21, 2004
Leaping beyond the angst of puberty and adolescence, Spadola thoughtfully probes into how women feel about their breasts--whether natural, enhanced, or downsized by surgery--in relation to work, love, baby nurturing, aging, cancer, sex, and friendship.

Journal Entry 2 by tashajean from Clinton, Wisconsin USA on Tuesday, January 25, 2005
rervered for guinaveve

Journal Entry 3 by tashajean from Clinton, Wisconsin USA on Saturday, February 19, 2005
Read about half of the essays. Really interesting view of how women view breasts from puberty to sexuality to health to motherhood.

Mailed 3/8/05 via media mail

Journal Entry 4 by guinaveve from Mason, Ohio USA on Tuesday, March 15, 2005
Thank you Tashajean. I look forward to reading this.

I breastfed each of my 3 children for a year at least apiece. I felt like there was a difference in the level of acceptance in the 5 years between my first and last child. This may not have been the case though. I cared much less what people thought by the third child and therefore may have noticed reactions less. I also knew no one else breastfeeding when I did it the first time and had a good network of other moms by the third time.

I wanted to read this book because of my personal experience with that and because the first hand accounts of how woman feel in general sound like they will be interesting.

Journal Entry 5 by guinaveve from Mason, Ohio USA on Friday, March 18, 2005
This book was pretty interesting. It got a little to self-love/self-help feeling by constantly saying, "Everyone is different, feel good about your breasts" constantly, but it was great reading all the personal accounts. The book was divided into different sections including developing, image, nursing, sexuality, health, and aging. It really seemed to have something for everyone, though everyone may not be into each section.

Journal Entry 6 by guinaveve from Mason, Ohio USA on Friday, March 18, 2005
I gave this to my MIL, a nonBCer. She may return it when she is done or pass it on to someone else, who may journal it in the future.

Journal Entry 7 by guinaveve at controlled release in n/a, A Colleague -- Controlled Releases on Friday, March 18, 2005

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I gave this to my mother-in-law.

Journal Entry 8 by guinaveve from Mason, Ohio USA on Monday, March 28, 2005
My mother-in-law told me she finished this book very quickly, in one sitting, and found it very interesting. She gave it to her daughter, my sister-in-law, who wanted to read it next. It may come back to me before continuing on its journey or it may not.
One thing I wanted to say: Both times I have passed this books on, by hand, the recipient immediately flips it over to see what kind of book it is with such a title. Though the back cover explains it well and they quickly realize I am not handing around porno material, LOL, they are always amused by the mention of the girls who started the "Itty Bitty Titty Committee" in high school.

Journal Entry 9 by guinaveve from Mason, Ohio USA on Sunday, May 8, 2005
My sister-in-law read this after my mother-in-law did. She said "It was very intriguing. It is not what I thought it would be."
I saw that someone else had this book as a ring that got stalled. I am going to try to figure out who it was and see if they would like to continue their ring with this copy.

Journal Entry 10 by guinaveve from Mason, Ohio USA on Monday, May 9, 2005
This is going to continue the ray that Daidy had going for this book. Her copy seems to be stalled, so I am going to verify that the remaining participants still are interested and am also going to see if anyone else would like to be added.
Please try to keep the book around a month. It is a pretty quick read.
Here is the link to Daidy's copy of the book:
Breast: Our Most Public Private Parts

gaysocialworker (US Shipping)
amymaew (in US, will ship anywhere)
wyldewomin (in US, will ship anywhere)
mysteryfan03 (in US, will ship anywhere)
tnelson99 (in US, will ship anywhere)
hoopsielv (in US, will ship anywhere)
TeenieBeanie (Canada, will ship US/Canada)
lady-sybil (in Canada, will ship anywhere)
CandyDarling (in Finland, will ship anywhere)
Piggeldy (in Germany, prefers German or Europe shipping)
Vexter (in Slovenia, prefers Europe shipping, will do international)
well-chilled (in Alaska, will ship US or other if needed)
Guinneth (in New Hampshire, will ship anywhere)
innae (in Colorado, will ship anywhere)
olered (in Oregon, will ship US/Canada)
Erishkigal (in Utah, will ship US)
Bibliocrates (in Alabama, US ship)
Aramena (in Oklahoma, will ship anywhere)
darkpunkangel (in Canada, will ship anywhere)
Kimmi (in Canada, will ship anywhere)-----BOOKS IS HERE-----
guinaveve (USA)

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This book is ready to begin it's journey. I will be giving it to Algoan when I see her tomorrow.

Journal Entry 12 by algoan from Beech Grove, Indiana USA on Sunday, June 12, 2005
Rec'd from Guinaveve this weekend when we met in Chicago. I'll put it on my list to read ASAP and pass it along. Thanks for including me in this ray!

Journal Entry 13 by algoan from Beech Grove, Indiana USA on Friday, July 1, 2005
Very, very interesting. I honestly never really thought about my breasts... they were just there, another part of my body, but nothing special. I enjoyed the conversational tone the author gave the book. It really felt casual, like a bunch of women chatting over a bottle of wine.

Quotes are scattered throughout and I think my favorite is one towards the end from Gypsy Rose Lee - "I have everything I had twenty years ago, only it's a little bit lower."

Edited to add: Being sent to tmtdino30 today (7/5/05).

Journal Entry 14 by tmtdino30 from Nanticoke, Pennsylvania USA on Tuesday, July 12, 2005
Just recieved in the mail today. Will start it tonight. Emailing the next person on the list. Thanks Teresa

Journal Entry 15 by jillmari3 from Lake Worth, Florida USA on Saturday, July 30, 2005
A very reader-friendly book, I finished in one sitting. I felt many conflicting emotions come up as I read the chapters, guess I still have some unresolved feelings about my own breasts. I probably felt the most comfortable about and with them the years I was nursing my babies. Since that time has passed, it's been a bit harder to appreciate them (and the changes they've gone through), anyway ..

Thanks so much for starting this bookring, it definitely got me thinking . .

I am e-mailing the next recipient, and will send along to her ASAP!

Journal Entry 16 by affinity4books from Bryan, Texas USA on Tuesday, August 9, 2005
Got in the mail today~ I will be reading this soon, sounds very interesting.

Journal Entry 17 by affinity4books from Bryan, Texas USA on Monday, August 22, 2005
This was an interesting read~ Definitely made me think about memories of my breasts as well as their future. I liked the concept of talking more openly about our bodies and body parts and all their functions, not only objectifying breasts for their sexual function. The feel-good and inclusive message reminded me of Eve Ensler's play and book The Vagina Monologues (which I highly reccommend). Thanks for letting me share the book.

Journal Entry 18 by affinity4books at on Monday, August 22, 2005

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mailed to Nebraska

Journal Entry 19 by Luintaurien from York, Nebraska USA on Monday, August 29, 2005
Got it today. Will read and pass on ASAP. Thank you.

Journal Entry 20 by Luintaurien from York, Nebraska USA on Wednesday, October 26, 2005
Very interesting book. Thanks for the chance to read it.

Journal Entry 21 by Luintaurien from York, Nebraska USA on Friday, October 28, 2005
amoebastar asked to be skipped. PMing the next person

Journal Entry 22 by Luintaurien at -- By Hand Or Post, Ray/Ring, RABCK in York, Nebraska USA on Friday, October 28, 2005

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Journal Entry 23 by trevor4551 from Caloundra, Queensland Australia on Saturday, November 5, 2005
Arrived! TBR soon.

Journal Entry 24 by trevor4551 from Caloundra, Queensland Australia on Thursday, December 8, 2005
Just to update, I'm on my way to completing the book, and have PM'ed amymaew in Pennsylvania, with hopes of getting the book out by the beginning of next week. Cheers!

Journal Entry 25 by trevor4551 from Caloundra, Queensland Australia on Saturday, December 24, 2005
Haven't been able to get to this, besides a bit of skimming, but it indeed caught the interest of my female friends and acquaintances. I'm sending it on to amymaew today, as I'm unlikely to get to this in a reasonable amount of time, and I've held on to it for a bit now. :)

Journal Entry 26 by amymaew from Worland, Wyoming USA on Saturday, January 7, 2006
I got this book a few days ago - maybe this past weekend - and forgot to journal that I got it! Sorry! But, I've read it - could barely put it down lol. It was very interesting - thanks for sharing! Pming the next person right now :)

Journal Entry 27 by amymaew from Worland, Wyoming USA on Sunday, January 8, 2006
sending to wyldewomin - enjoy :)

Journal Entry 28 by wyldewomin from East Bridgewater, Massachusetts USA on Saturday, January 21, 2006
arrived a couple of days ago and it peaked my interest greatly - I loved the film when I saw it on Reel Life :-)

Journal Entry 29 by wyldewomin from East Bridgewater, Massachusetts USA on Sunday, January 29, 2006
This is a fantasic book and I really think that every girl should read it. I had seen the documentary that led to this book a few years ago and was blown away by the fact that other women could be so open. Then I realized "the girls" and I have a fairly okay relationship. They are "wrap arounds" but hey .. at least my armpits are never cold. I identified with the "early bloomers" and the girls who admitted to flaunting their breasts to get things when they were younger.
Although I haven't been through breastfeeding, etc, I was fascinated by the strength of the older women - esp. the ones who survived cancer.

Thank you. Sending off to Mystery.

Journal Entry 30 by mysteryfan03 from Moberly, Missouri USA on Friday, February 3, 2006
Got this in the mail today! I just finished a book on my lunch hour today, so will start this one tonight or tomorrow! Thanks

Journal Entry 31 by mysteryfan03 from Moberly, Missouri USA on Monday, February 6, 2006
Some of this book, I found hard to relate too, but overall, I enjoyed the stories and openess of the girls/women. I dont remember thinking much about my breasts as a teen, but liked them in my 20s and 30s. In my 40s, they changed quite a bit :+), but this book made me realize how special they still are and what an important part of my body they are. Breast cancer is in my family and I have had a couple of biopsies in the past, so that is a worry in the back of my mind. Thanks so much for sharing this book with us!

BTW- I just mailed off the bookring "Cunt", It makes me laugh that they were here together LOL. (Guess I have a weird sense of humor:+)

I will be sending this on soon.

Journal Entry 32 by tnelson99 from Festus, Missouri USA on Wednesday, March 15, 2006
I did receive this one in the mail earlier this week. I am going to put it to the front of my pile and start it tonight just based on the great journal entries below. Will get through it as quickly as I can. Thanks for sharing!

Journal Entry 33 by tnelson99 from Festus, Missouri USA on Monday, March 27, 2006
I enjoyed this book somewhat. I skipped around and read specific stories and found them interesting, but the entire book didnt keep my interest. I am PM'ing hoopsielv today to get the shipping info and will get it off in the mail soon. THANKS for sharing!

Journal Entry 34 by hoopsielv from Adrian, Minnesota USA on Thursday, April 6, 2006
I got this a few days ago- thanks! I'm really enjoying it! I will have it done sometime next week and will pm TeenieBeanie for her address!

Journal Entry 35 by lady-sybil from Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Australia on Tuesday, May 16, 2006
This book waited for me when I came back after a couple of weeks away from home. I have already sampled a few of the first chapters and can relate to quite a few of the 'early bloomers'- especially not wanting to wear printed T-shirts as a teenager because I did not want to attract attention to my chest :-)

Journal Entry 36 by lady-sybil from Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Australia on Monday, June 5, 2006
This was a great read! I exerienced it as quite an affirming positive book ... it turns out that many people have hangups about their breasts, just like me :-) I'm currently in the early stages of my first pregnancy and am dealing with the associated changes in occuring in my body - especially increasing breast size - and found the section on motherhood very informative. Thank you for sharing this guinaveve.

Sent to CandyDarling: 17 June 2006

Journal Entry 37 by CandyDarling from Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Thursday, July 27, 2006
I'm so sorry! I thought I had journaled this book when it arrived, but it turns out I didn't! I just noticed when I checked to whom I should send it next. I'm almost done, so I'll be sending this to Piggeldy very soon.

Journal Entry 38 by CandyDarling from Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Wednesday, September 13, 2006
The first thing that struck me when I started reading this book was that the author really stressed how young women don't have a realistic picture of the huge variety between breasts. It is probably very true, especially in countries where nudity is frowned upon. Reading the book made me remember the times when I used to go to the indoor swimming pool. There was a public sauna in the women's changing room, where everyone was nude. (It was actually forbidden to wear a bathing suit in the sauna, probably for hygiene reasons.) I remember seeing a lot of women of different ages, as well as all my friends naked there. But what really sticks out from those memories is one woman, who had only one breast. I remember I tried not to stare, but it was hard because I was so curious. Looking back, I'm glad about the sauna culture in Finland, because it has helped me feel better about my body, and especially my breasts. I have seen many very different pairs of breasts, but all of them were beautiful.

(A sidenote: "sauna" is probably one of the very few, if not the only Finnish loanword in the English language.)

I loved the book, and all the different stories. Being fairly young still, I have no experience of pregnancy, sagging breasts or cancer. But the book made me appreciate my health, and made me realise I have to prepare mentally for what's to come. I can't take my breasts for granted.

I loved the chapter on sexuality, and I was a bit jealous of the women who could have orgasms by just having their breasts fondled. :) It was relieving to see how different our breasts can be sexually. I would recommend this book to everyone, man or woman.

I sent the book to Piggeldy on August 17th, but didn't journal because I left on a trip early the next morning.

Journal Entry 39 by Piggeldy from Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg Germany on Thursday, September 14, 2006
The book arrived safely while I was on holidays! I have to admit that I am very curious, and due to the long list, I'll surely pick it up after my current book.

Edit, September 26th: A very interesting book. Having a 36A which I love very much, I think most people would think I'm rather small-breasted - but they're astonished if I tell them that I think they're okay, rather too big than too small in my eyes ;-) And I know the feeling of not being able to find a suitable bra without a filling or push-up-effect. It really feels like being some strange being, ordering something extraordinary. And (e.g. from different fora) I know a lot of girls who should read this book before lamenting about having too small breats or unsymmetric breasts or whatever problems they have with their breasts not looking "normal" in the sense which advertisement (or should I call it propaganda?) tells them is normal...

The book is already on its way to Slovenia, via surface, so it might take some weeks to arrive...

Journal Entry 40 by vexter from Ljubljana, Osrednja Slovenija - Okolica Ljubljane in Ljubljana Slovenia on Monday, October 2, 2006
It's here! Going in my TBR queue. :) Thanks a lot!

Journal Entry 41 by vexter from Ljubljana, Osrednja Slovenija - Okolica Ljubljane in Ljubljana Slovenia on Sunday, October 15, 2006
Finished the book today. It's very interesting, and definitely a more appropriate reading material for developing girls than today's teen magazines. :P The part about breast cancer and problems with silicone implants was really scary. I'm glad my breasts are doing fine, even though they'll never get me on a Playboy cover. :))

hshah asked to be skipped, waiting for reply from well-chilled.

Edit: sent to well-chilled on October 18th, 2006.

Journal Entry 42 by well-chilled from Eagle River, Alaska USA on Monday, November 20, 2006
I got the book on Saturday and was a bad BC'er, didn't journal. Anyway, I'm goint to PM the next person and I'll be done by the time they PM me back. Should be on it's way inside of a week. Actually, this week is Thanksgiving, so maybe inside of a week and a half. The good news is, the books take a long time to get to me, but not nearly as much to get to the next person-it's like that with all my mail.

Journal Entry 43 by Guinneth from Manchester, New Hampshire USA on Friday, December 29, 2006
I received this a couple of days ago and just realized I hadn't journalled to say so yet - sorry! Holiday house guests, you know. :)

I will start this asap. It looks like a quick & interesting read. Thanks for sending it on, well-chilled.

Journal Entry 44 by Guinneth from Manchester, New Hampshire USA on Saturday, December 30, 2006
I read this today while my son took a nap, skimming some sections and reading more carefully through others. Overall, I didn't find it overwhelmingly interesting; I feel like while each woman's "breast story" is individual, there's also something pretty universal about them and I found some of the inclusions within each chapter repetitive.

That said, I'm still glad I read it as I'm at a stage in my life when I feel more aware (and appreciative) of my breasts than ever before. I'm pregnant with my second child and still occasionally nursing my two-year-old, and though they have changed greatly (and will continue to do so, I'm sure), I think they are more beautiful and miraculous than ever before. :-) Like several readers, I never gave them much thought - they were just part of me. Now I feel differently, but it was motherhood and not this book which did it!

Thank you for sharing it just the same, guinaveve. I've already PM'd dittybopper for an address, so will send this along as soon as I have one.

Journal Entry 45 by Guinneth from Manchester, New Hampshire USA on Friday, January 5, 2007
Just an update: I have PM'd dittybopper twice and had no response. Her mailing address is on her profile but I really don't want to send this book off to a PO box without any confirmation that she is still wanting (and able) to read this and pass it along. (There are still lots of people waiting.) ditty's profile also indicates that she's been behind - they're Hurricane Katrina affected - so perhaps she's really just too busy to Bookcross right now.

guinaveve, please let me know if you'd like me to contact the next person on the list. I can wait a bit longer for a response from dittybopper if you prefer; just tell me how long. But maybe the book can come back to her later when things settle down again for her? It's up to you!

Journal Entry 46 by Guinneth from Manchester, New Hampshire USA on Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Sorry - forgot to note that I mailed this off to innae yesterday. Sent via USPS Media Mail, del. conf.# 0306 2400 0002 0780 2859.


Journal Entry 47 by winginnaewing from Aurora, Colorado USA on Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Book is here in Colorado, safe and sound. I have another bookring book that came a day ago (they always come in groups...sigh) but I will get to this one fast as I can!

Journal Entry 48 by winginnaewing from Aurora, Colorado USA on Thursday, February 1, 2007
finished this last night, and I think there is a lot of good stuff in the book. Especially for the young (really, no one looks the same...and like someone else said, the author did preach about the "be happy in yourself" a bit) For myself, I have always had a fear of cancer -- no reason that I can find (my grandparents and mom haven't had any problems) -- I love my breasts and a lot of my identity is tied up in them, so I guess the fear is losing them. Anyway, loved the book, and I have olered's addy and will be sending off tomorrow!

Journal Entry 49 by olered from Salem, Oregon USA on Saturday, February 10, 2007
The book will be resting on the west coast for a couple of weeks -- just started another bookring so will finish it first. Arggghh! It never fails that rings come together!

Journal Entry 50 by olered from Salem, Oregon USA on Sunday, March 4, 2007
an easy and semi informative read..

Journal Entry 51 by wingerishkigalwing from Salt Lake City, Utah USA on Thursday, March 29, 2007
must have rec'd this early in the month. I apologize profusely for forgetting to journal it. I'm a bout 2/3s of the way through...books I think about are taking me awhile right now, and this is bringing up many memories, so I do stop a lot. I am quite enjoying it, tho I do agree with those who have said "enough already" to the 'feel good' aspect. Will send it on as soon as I can.

Journal Entry 52 by wingerishkigalwing from Salt Lake City, Utah USA on Sunday, April 22, 2007
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this, the memories it brought up, the conversations about it with my daughter and granddaughter. I'd love to see "Breasts"on every High School reading list- (like that would ever happen!) How we feel about our breasts DOES have such an effect on our psyches. I've been quite happy with mine for many years, but I can well remember the insecurity, the feelings of inadequacy of not "developing." And the aforementioned nieta asked for and received a reduction for her hs graduation. And what a difference that has made--she too was insecure, and has blossomed since her surgery. She no longer feels that people never see beyond her chest. To say nothing of being physically much more comfortable.

I've pm'd bluehawaii218 for her addy. And I apologize for holding on to this so long.

Journal Entry 53 by wingerishkigalwing from Salt Lake City, Utah USA on Tuesday, May 29, 2007
and even more apologies....! blehawaii asked to be skipped, and after carrying it about in my car for the last month, I finally got it posted today to Bibliocrates.
So long waiting for me to get to a PO, I had to buy one of their envelopes--mine was all tatty....but it did get an extra bit of travel--mailed today from Bisbee AZ.

Thank you so much for sharing this important book.

Journal Entry 54 by Bibliocrates from Fort Collins, Colorado USA on Thursday, May 31, 2007
This book was caught in the mail today. Thank you very much for sending it my way Erishkigal. I'll start it soon.

Journal Entry 55 by Bibliocrates from Fort Collins, Colorado USA on Thursday, July 5, 2007
This book was interesting. Thanks for sharing guinaveve! I didn't know this book was a supplement to the HBO Cinemax documentary Breasts, I'll have to rent it from Netflix and watch it now that I've read the book.

Journal Entry 56 by Bibliocrates at on Friday, July 13, 2007

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This book is on its way to Aramena to continue the ray organized by guinaveve. I hope you enjoy the book!

Journal Entry 57 by wingAramenawing from Noble, Oklahoma USA on Friday, August 24, 2007
Book arrived today! I will probably start reading this over the weekend.

Journal Entry 58 by wingAramenawing from Noble, Oklahoma USA on Sunday, September 2, 2007
Very interesting reading material, listening in on what other women think and feel about their breasts. Have never been crazy about my own, a little too big and have naturally sagged since I got them so even more so after two kids! One of my memories is of doing laundry as a teenager and thinking how huge my mother's bras were, then years later doing my own laundry, picking up one of my bras and suddenly realzing that I had my mother's breasts!

I agree with the person who said this should be required reading in high school, but I doubt if I could get my teenagers to read it. However, I have added the documentary to my Netflix queue and will probably coax them to watch it, either with or without me.

I've PMd the next person for their address, and am waiting for a response.

Edited 9/21/07: Breeze144 asked to be skipped, and I've PMd Charlenemartel twice with no response. PMd darkpunkangel today!

Journal Entry 59 by wingAramenawing from Noble, Oklahoma USA on Monday, September 24, 2007
Have darkpunkangel's address now and packing up the book this morning - if I can't get to the post office today, then I'll stop by there before I come to work in the morning!

Journal Entry 60 by darkpunkangel from Barrie, Ontario Canada on Friday, October 19, 2007
Arrived here today, thanks Aramena. Will start on this today.

Journal Entry 61 by darkpunkangel from Barrie, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Wow, I really enjoyed this book, it was a real eye-opener in a sense. I kind of appreciate my breats more after reading this.

Going to PM the next person on the list and send it off as soon as I get there address.

Journal Entry 62 by darkpunkangel from Barrie, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Mailed this to Kimmi today. Thanks guinaveve for letting me take part :D!

Journal Entry 63 by Kimmi from Kelowna, British Columbia Canada on Sunday, November 25, 2007
This arrived in my mailbox on Friday. Thanks for sharing!

Journal Entry 64 by Kimmi from Kelowna, British Columbia Canada on Saturday, December 15, 2007
I enjoyed this book and wish that I had had it as a teenager when I thought I was weird and abnormal. Thanks for letting be part of the ring. The book is heading home today after a 19 month journey around the world.

Journal Entry 65 by guinaveve from Mason, Ohio USA on Monday, December 24, 2007
How exciting! This book has returned after beginning a journey on May 28, 2005. I am going to reserve it for a Well Traveled Bookbox that I am hosting and hoping to send out in January or February 2007 once I have enough books. I am glad this book made it back in time to include. I hope it finds many more readers too.

Journal Entry 66 by guinaveve at on Friday, February 29, 2008

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I have included this book in my "Well Traveled" Bookbox.

Journal Entry 67 by ariesgirl29 on Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Pulled from well traveled bookbox - thanks for sharing!

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