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.
... quirky ... stories that seamlessly blend social critique, humor, and pain ... A unique blend of memoir and social history that should have broad appeal to anyone who has breasts or has ever worn a bra.
... contains just about everything you would want to know about breasts. Pardon the pun, but it’s not about titillation—though plenty of insight can be gleaned from her cultural history ... Lehr is a smooth, eminently likable guide, and she elicits no small measure of sympathy for the trials she has endured, including her bout with breast cancer. She is thoughtful and honest about the push-pull of acculturation and candid about her own complicity in how societal attitudes often narrow women’s status. Occasionally, the author engages in doctrinaire language and sweeping generalizations. Justified though she may be in her anger about certain cultural norms, the outrage sometimes gets overheated, undermining valid arguments with exaggeration. While many of the statistics buttress Lehr’s views, numbers don’t tell the whole story. She is at her liveliest and most convincing when she tempers rhetoric with personal anecdotes ... A serious and provocative book with enough lightness to keep the pages turning.
... witty and incisive ... Lehr’s appealing sense of humor runs throughout, as does her sharp analysis of broader social issues such as the messages girls receive about being smart versus being pretty, the 'bro culture and tribe mentality' of the Senate Judiciary Committee during Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings, the marketing techniques of lingerie brands, and the censorship of women’s breasts in movies and on social media platforms ... Lehr’s engrossing and empathetic account will appeal to women of all ages.