'The Madwoman in the Volvo': Sandra Tsing Loh’s year of raging hormones
“Imaginatively twisted and fearless…” -- that’s how the Los Angeles Times describes Sandra Tsing Loh and her latest book, The Madwoman in the Volvo. With a voice that is wry, disarming and totally candid, she tells the moving and laugh-out-loud tale of her roller coaster ride through “the change.” This is not your grandmother’s menopause story. Loh chronicles utterly relatable, everyday perils: raising preteen daughters, weathering hormonal shifts, and going through the see-saw of a career and a relationship. An affair and the explosion of her marriage, the pressures of keeping her daughters off Facebook, the legal and marital hi-jinks of her ninety-three-year-old dad, and a despairing withdrawal to a tiny cabin where she combined wine and Ambien, paralyzing her arm into a claw, all mix together in a tumultuous stew. Sandra joined KPCC’s Shirley Jahad in the Crawford Family Forum and with her trademark honesty and hilarity, she recounted her journey through this turbulent time of life as she tries to maintain appearances during an epic hormonal—physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual—change. The upbeat conclusion: it does get better.
Shirley Jahad: reporter, weekend anchor and host at KPCC
Sandra Tsing Loh: actress and writer whose books include A Year in Van Nuys, Aliens in America, Depth Takes a Holiday, If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home By Now and the bestselling New York Times notable book Mother on Fire, inspired by her hit solo show of the same name. Her syndicated daily minute "The Loh Down on Science" and her weekly segment “The Loh Life" are heard on 89.3KPCC. Sandra is also a contributing editor for The Atlantic Monthly.
Sandra will be signing books in the lobby following the event, courtesy of Skylight Books.
(The Madwoman in the Volvo, W. W. Norton & Company)