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Don't Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780307588128
Author(s): Sandra Beasley
Format: Paperback
Year: 2012
Publisher: Broadway Books
Dimensions: 130 x 201 x 15 (w x l x h)
Pages: 240

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A beautifully written and darkly funny journey through the world of the allergic. Like twelve million other Americans, Sandra Beasley suffers from food allergies. Her allergies severe and lifelong include dairy, egg, soy, beef, shrimp, pine nuts, cucumbers, cantaloupe, honeydew, mango, macadamias, pistachios, cashews, swordfish, and mustard. Add to that mold, dust, grass and tree pollen, cigarette smoke, dogs, rabbits, horses, and wool, and it s no wonder Sandra felt she had to live her life as Allergy Girl. When butter is deadly and eggs can make your throat swell shut, cupcakes and other treats of childhood are out of the question and so Sandra s mother used to warn guests against a toxic, frosting-tinged kiss with Don t kill the birthday girl! It may seem that such a person is not really designed to survive, as one blunt nutritionist declared while visiting Sandra s fourth-grade class. But Sandra has not only survived, she s thrived now an essayist, editor, and award-winning poet, she has learned to navigate a world in which danger can lurk in an unassuming corn chip. Don t Kill the Birthday Girl is her story. With candor, wit, and a journalist s curiosity, Sandra draws on her own experiences while covering the scientific, cultural, and sociological terrain of allergies. She explains exactly what an allergy is, describes surviving a family reunion in heart-of-Texas beef country with her vegetarian sister, delve Please click here to ask a question
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