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Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life By Sandra Beasley

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I had a direct experience with someone who seemed to be allergic to everything. I dated a woman who had severe allergies; it seemed that everything affected her.  She did not complain she just adapted and did the best she could to live a normal life.

It is hard to imagine a life where comfort food could not make you feel better and the ingredient list determines how the evening was going to turn out.  My friend’s allergies began as an adult, so at least she lived for a time allergy free.

Beasley is also one of the estimated 14 million Americans that have severe allergies.  She describes it as her body reacting to certain elements around her. A doctor told her once it was like the game where you put a peg in a corresponding cut out. Her body take in food, breaks it down and when they fit to these certain “cut outs” the body reacts.

Beasley is very open of her life and even delves into how it impacts her relationships, the ability to have spontaneous sex, and the many trips to the emergency room.  She explains how she begins to react  when exposed to an allergen.

This book is an insightful read into someone’s life who suffers from many allergies, but it will hopefully garner compassion from those who don’t comprehend allergies.  Even with all of her troubles, Beasley is charming, witty, and funny as she makes light of a complex situation. She dares to live in a world that at times seems to be against her.

To keep up with Sandra Beasley visit: www.SandraBeasley.com  Twitter: twitter.com/SandraBeasley

Facebook: Facebook/AuthorSandraBeasley  Blog: Sbeasley.blogspot.com

I first got to learn of Sandra Beasley at the SCAD Ivy Hall Lecture series where she spoke.

To be informed of events at SCAD visit:  http://www.scad.edu/

Book Details:

Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life By Sandra Beasley

2012 Broadway Paperbacks 240 pp

ISBN: 978-0-307-58812-8

www.CrownPublishing.com

Photo credit: Matthew Wordman

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An Evening with David Sedaris at Fox Theatre April 16

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ATLANTA, GA (Feb. 24, 2015) – The Fox Theatre is pleased to present An Evening with David Sedaris, author of the previous bestsellers Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, and regular National Public Radio contributor who will be appearing for one night only at the Fox Theatre on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 7:30pm.

Celebrating the June 3, 2014 paperback release of his latest title, #1 New York Times Bestseller, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, author David Sedaris comes to Atlanta for an evening of engaging recollections and featuring all-new readings.

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Dr. Mike’s “The Fallacy of the Calorie”

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Dr. Mike (Michael S. Fenster, MD) has a sense of humor in dispersing his dietary and nutritional advice in The Fallacy of the Calorie, but what’s also funny is the fact that this cardiologist is dishing out all this information while criticizing supposed self-proclaimed food experts.

Take this passage, for example: “These days it seems as if everybody has an opinion about food and health. People watch Dr. Oz, tune in to the Food Network, or read some anecdotal diatribe on the Internet and all of a sudden they’re full of expert opinions and analysis.”

Dr. Mike mentions only Dr. Oz by name. He then goes on to allude to a bunch of straw men who give consumers lots of conflicting food guidance before launching into his own enterprising book of culinary realness. Dr. Mike is in your face and sounds like a go-getter, I guess. He says if I’m happy with the food I eat and my state of wellness, health, verdure, heartiness is a-okay, then this is not the book for me. PUT THIS BOOK DOWN. If only!

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SPX 2014 Programming Schedule

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SPX is fast approaching! Check out the release about this year’s panels and programming to plan your weekend. They all sound remarkable, highlighting diversity in the comics and cartooning industry that is often overlooked.

The Small Press Expo is pleased to announce the SPX 2014 Programming Schedule.  SPX continuing the festival’s established tradition of rich, thought-provoking programming featuring leading comics artists and critics in conversation. As in previous years, the Programming Schedule will feature two simultaneous tracks on both Saturday and Sunday, September 13th and 14th.

SPX 2014 programming highlights include special Q&A sessions with headline guests Lynda Barry, Jules Feiffer, Charles Burns, Raina Telgemeier, Drew Friedman. Eleanor Davis, Mimi Pond and John Porcellino, many of whom will also join in other panel discussions.

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