Professor Lends Creative Hand to Menopause Book

With hot flashes, mood swings and hormonal imbalances, most women over the age of 50 would agree that menopause is not a laughing matter. But a new book on the issue is hoping to change their perspective.

“Period Peace: A Fun Menopause Activity Book” looks at an issue affecting 43 million women in the U.S., and challenges readers – with puzzles, word games and illustrations – to see the lighter side of an often volatile subject. Written by Marjorie Mitlin and Betsy Ross, two healthcare professionals from the Boston, Mass., area, the book is illustrated by one of UT Arlington’s own, Tore Terrasi, Assistant Professor of Art and Art History.

The book, modeled after a children’s activity book, offers a humorous approach to a serious subject.

“This is the quirky, lighter-side version of going through menopause,” Terrasi said. “The authors wanted lots of color, lots of images and an interactive book. It’s sort of a children’s activity book for adults.”

Perhaps the biggest challenge facing Terrasi was how a 31-year-old man might be able to understand the emotional and physical experiences of menopause and communicate those elements through his illustrations and design.

“It’s a little outside of my comfort zone,” he said. “I thought the idea for the book was quirky and odd, but it could have a huge impact on its target audience. … I wanted to break new ground and do something that no one else has done. I knew it would give me a new perspective on life and art.”

“Period Peace” retails for $14.95 and can be purchased at periodpeacebook.com.

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