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Author: Sandra Beasley
ISBN13: 978-0307588111
Title: Don't Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life
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Language: English
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Publisher: Crown; First Edition edition (July 12, 2011)
Pages: 240

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



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. Like twelve million other Americans, Sandra Beasley suffers from food allergies. Trust me suffering from a low blood sugar reaction in a room full of third graders must feel much like having an allergic reaction at a wed I could relate to this book in so many ways. I do not suffer from food allergies but I am an insulin dependant diabetic and have been since the age of three. It is amazing what has sugar in it, much like an allergy sufferer I am vigilant about labels and checking.

About book: After living with a woman for 16 years who has had celiac disease since birth, I could feel Beasley's plight between trying to stay safe and trying to be "normal" in the sense that you can go out to eat and not worry. She rebuffs a lot of those critics who call food allergies a sort of bourgeois diagnosis, and show the pain and suffering (with a good ounce of humor) that a life like hers entails. I truly understand allergies better after reading her experiences with it. ymchls. A must-read for anybody with food allergies!

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Sandra Beasley's life has been circumscribed by a huge list of debilitating, potentially deadly food allergies-eggs, dairy, soy, beef, shrimp, cucumbers, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, mango, cashews, macadamias, pistachios, swordfish and mustard, by her own count. But as Beasley's new book, "Don't Kill the Birthday Girl," demonstrates, she is far too intelligent and spirited to allow those allergies to define or limit her life. Sandra Beasly wrote simply about her life as an allergic child who has to function amongst a world of people who for the most part are not aware of the dangers an allergic person must face. I found her to be extremely understanding of others and sympathetic towards them.

Like twelve million other Americans, Sandra Beasley suffers from food allergies. This is an excellent book for any one with food allergies or a family member with food allergies; it really gives you insight into what it is like trying to live with this in a society that doesn’t.

Home All Categories Don't Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life. ISBN13: 9780307588128. Don't Kill the Birthday Girl : Tales from an Allergic Life. A beautifully written and darkly funny journey through the world of the allergic. Her allergies severe and lifelong include dairy, egg, soy, beef, shrimp, pine nuts, cucumbers, cantaloupe, honeydew, mango, macadamias, pistachios, cashews, swordfish, and mustard

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. Her allergies-severe and lifelong-include dairy, egg, soy, beef, shrimp, pine nuts, cucumbe. 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

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, delves into how being allergic has affected her romantic relationships, exposes the dark side of Benadryl, explains how parents can work with schools to protect their allergic children, and details how people with allergies should advocate for themselves in a restaurant. A compelling mix of memoir, cultural history, and science, Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl is mandatory reading for the millions of families navigating the world of allergies—and a not-to-be-missed literary treat for the rest of us.

Reviews: 7
Error parents
All of us know people who are deathly allergic to one foodstuff or another, which they must avoid at all costs. Sandra Beasley's life has been circumscribed by a huge list of debilitating, potentially deadly food allergies--eggs, dairy, soy, beef, shrimp, cucumbers, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, mango, cashews, macadamias, pistachios, swordfish and mustard, by her own count. But as Beasley's new book, "Don't Kill the Birthday Girl," demonstrates, she is far too intelligent and spirited to allow those allergies to define or limit her life.

"Don't Kill the Birthday Girl" is part memoir, part informational non-fiction and part an act of advocacy on behalf of Beasley's fellow 12 million U.S. food allergy sufferers. The other 288 million of us can't really know what it's like to check every list of ingredients or every restaurant menu to ensure that harmless-looking cookie, burger or salad won't kill you. Beasley tells us exactly what it's like to avoid birthday or wedding cake as you would cyanide, or to go into sudden anaphylactic shock because the cocktail you just drank contained sour mix that used dairy protein as a binder, or because your boyfriend didn't tell you he'd just drunk a glass of Ovaltine before you kissed him. Some of the best writing in the book deals with the incomprehension, sometimes bordering on hostility, Beasley encounters from waiters and other strangers who don't understand that stray bit of shrimp or cashew is making her very, very sick. (For my money, however, the best line in the book is directed not at Sandra, but at her vegetarian sister Christina by their Texas grandmother: "Honey, you know God gave us animals so we could eat them.")

"Don't Kill the Birthday Girl" contains fascinating information about the history of scientific research into allergies and ongoing advances in food allergy treatments. A fair number of pages are devoted to the current scare over peanut allergies, an allergy Beasley doesn't happen to have. ("In stabilizing peanuts for the sake of storing them in a jar, we may have destabilized their consistent ability to be recognized as food by the body," she writes.)

Throughout the book, Beasley's voice is consistently witty, eloquent, and self-deprecating--the perfect guide to the strange and unpredictable world of food allergies. "Don't Kill the Birthday Girl" is an absorbing and fascinating book. Meanwhile, if you want to read more of Sandra Beasley's work--and you almost certainly will--check out her excellent, prize-winning books of poetry: "Theories of Falling" (whose "Allergy Girl" sequence covers much of the same ground as "Don't Kill the Birthday Girl") and "I Was the Jukebox."
Lost Python
Pros: This book was exactly as the title claims. This is a book about the author's experience with life threatening food allergies. Not only does it give many personal examples, but she explains the studies behind food allergies and the history behind certain aspects of said food allergies.

Cons: The author is allergic to many things, dairy and egg being the biggest ones. If someone is allergic to some other, so of the advice may not be applicable to them.

Overall, this book is helpful in finding ways in which you can live happily in the world despite the risk of death at every corner from food allergies. I purchased this book in order to find ways to help my 3 year old daughter with dairy allergies. I have since found that there are many more causes for concern as she grows including when she is old enough to be on her own. Having said that, I am glad I have this in my library for her to be able to use when she gets to that stage.
Mettiarrb
I loved this book! Informative, entertaining, and (for me) easy to commiserate with. There were so many times that I felt myself nodding along and saying, "exactly!" While not as severe or as numerous, I have food allergies. Beasley captured in words the internal debate of whether or not to sit through a dinner you can't eat or stand up for yourself when going out with friends, the annoyance of explaining that 'yes, there is milk in cheese...in butter, too', and the anxious mindset that goes with knowing any open food event could leave you miserably ill. It was also nice to get a review of some of the allergy knowledge I already knew and to learn a few new things, too.
Kalrajas
I have Celiac Disease and must avoid gluten and dairy. I did not know if this book would help me since I technically do not have an allergy.
Sandra Beasley's "Don't Kill the Birthday Girl," however, had a huge impact on how I live my every day life.
I have no choice but to constantly think about what I eat and while my reaction is not as extreme or deadly as Sandra's, eating the wrong thing will lead to severe sickness and pain for about 2 weeks.
I cannot stop recommending this book to my friends with allergies and without allergies. Her explanations of the difficulty in eating out and dating as well as her excellent discussion of the difference between allergies and Celiac Disease are things that my friends just don't understand.

Thank you Sandra for writing a book that describes exactly how I feel as a twenty-something with food issues.
Aiata
Sandra Beasly wrote simply about her life as an allergic child who has to function amongst a world of people who for the most part are not aware of the dangers an allergic person must face.
I found her to be extremely understanding of others and sympathetic towards them. It would be important for anyone who knows or lives with another who is allergic to read this and see what life is like from the others view point.
Walan
I can honestly say I knew very little about food allergies. Since reading this book, I learned the seriousness of the situation. Beasley did such a good job with storytelling while incorporating it with medical backing of how allergies worked. Well written and a great read. Want all of my friends to read this book.
Magis
We have a grandson who has severe food allergies. Our daughter-in-law had mentioned this book and we thought it would really help her to understand more about our grandson's condition. She is so pleased with all the helpful information and knowing that she isn't alone in trying to deal with this problem.
I gained a lot of perspective by reading this book and I think every pre-health student or professional should read this..