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Press Release

Mother/Daughter Communication Made Easy

Press release date: 2008-11-19


Contact: Kate Bandos / KSB Promotions
(800) 304-3269 / kate@ksbpromotions.com


Its not just your body... Its your life!
Start Talking offers super straight answers about:

• How your body works- top to bottom, we cover it all

• Feeling good, feeling fat, and everything in between

• Birth control, STDs, and what makes you a virgin

• Sex- how to know when you're ready, and when you're not

• Why just because you ask, doesn't mean you want to do it

• Saying no and loving it- surprising reasons to wait

• Fun ways to get close- from yoga mats to a day at the mall

• Loving your body and living your life to the fullest

• Getting what you want from life- right now and forever!

These are just five of the 113 questions answered in Start Talking: A Girls Guide for You and Your Mom about Health, Sex, or Whatever.

From the time they start to notice boys, girls have hundreds of questions about their bodies, relationships, and everything else. As they start to reach puberty, the questions only increase. If moms are lucky, their daughters will turn to them for answers to their questions. But daughters are often embarrassed and reluctant to approach their moms for advice. Likewise, moms are often just as reluctant to talk to their daughters as their daughters are to talk to them about their developing bodies or attraction to others. As a result, girls turn to their friends and the mass media, or avoid the issues all together, creating greater problems for themselves in the future.

To help both girls and their moms, psychotherapist Mary Jo Rapini (of TLCs new series Big Medicine) and OBGYN nurse practitioner Janine J. Sherman have assembled more than 113 questions girls (and their moms) routinely ask—or should be asking—about topics ranging from periods and sex to bodily changes and dating. In Start Talking: A Girls Guide for You and Your Mom about Health, Sex, or Whatever (www.StartTalkingBook.com, $14.95) Rapini and Sherman share succinct yet lively answers, sample conversations, and real life stories that will help open the door to better mother/daughter communication.

“Teens today, more than ever, face a myriad of issues involving sex and sexuality, self-esteem and body image,” they stress. “They need education; they need guidance; they need support to make the right decisions at the right time.”

In addition to being women's health care providers, Rapini and Sherman are mothers with two daughters each. They know how difficult it can be to talk to daughters about personal changes, but they also know how critical it is to have an open and ongoing dialogue, saying, “Our goal is to inspire open communication between mothers and daughters—to generate memorable conversations and unforgettable table talks.” Start Talking is lighthearted but definitely not lightweight, effectively engaging both mothers and daughters alike and providing helpful settings for beginning such “table talks”—ways to invite your mother or daughter into personal, meaningful conversations.

Start Talking will give mothers and daughters the necessary tools to start those important conversation and strengthen their relationship. Rapini and Sherman emphasize, “Putting the facts on the table and learning from one another may be the best gift a mother can give her daughter to protect her future health.”


Early Praise for Start Talking

"Whether you as a parent are ready or not , there is important medical information your daughter needs right now. Start Talking holds nothing back. The beauty of that? Girls get the accurate, straightforward facts plus wise motherly advice from these two exceptional authors you can trust to support you both."
~ Susan J. Mandel, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine and Radiology, University of PA School of Medicine

"Great Q&A format. Easy for girls and moms to use, even in the car, on the way to school, practice, or around town. This is the kind of book you can squeeze into your life.
~ Regina Lederman, PhD, RN, Professor, School of Nursing, University of Texas, Special focus on avoiding teen pregnancy, and author of Psychosocial Adaptation in Pregnancy

"Delightful. A must-read!"
~ Anne Grizzle, LMSW -ACP, author of Mothers Who Love Too Much and Going Home Grown Up

"This book has made me stronger. It gave me back my mom, because it made her stronger, too."
~ Elen Eisner, High School Student

Girls Life Magazine, August/Sept 2008 issue quote Janine J. Sherman in Taking Chances, a GL Special Report

First, July 21, 2008 issue quotes Mary Jo. Rapini quotes in Body Worries Cured


To request a review copy of Start Talking, to arrange an interview with Mary Jo Rapini or Janine Sherman, or for any additional information, please contact Kate Bandos at KSB Promotions • 800-304-3269 • kate@ksbpromotions.com • fax 616-676-0759
Start Talking
A Girls Guide for You and Your Mom about Health, Sex or Whatever
[an inside look at the details even she doesn't know!]
by Mary Jo Rapini and Janine Sherman
• 200 pages 6" x 9" index; bibliography; glossary; CIP
• ISBN: 978-1-886298-31-6
• $14.95 trade paperback original
• Publication: November 2008
• Published by Bayou Publishing, Houston, TX. The book will be available at bookstores nationwide and online with distribution to major wholesalers and retailers being handled by Atlas Distribution.
Please send two copies of any review or mention to
Bayou Publishing, 2524 Nottingham, Houston, TX 77005