Don't Kill the Birthday Girl by Sandra Beasley

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!”

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  • Alice

    My car battery is dead, so I won't be able to attend after all. Sorry.

    February 24, 2013

  • Heather H

    I read the book, but it turns out I have a commitment I didn't know about. /grumble

    February 22, 2013

  • Karen

    Read 2/3 of the book so far.

    January 22, 2013

  • Karen

    I love memoirs. I picked up "Allergy Girl" but was disappointed because it was very little memoir and very much self-help. Which was what the description said it was, so that was my own fault. So I think this selection's exciting.

    1 · January 18, 2013

    • Laura K.

      so will you be joining us? :-)

      January 18, 2013

    • Karen

      trying to snag a copy from the Colonie library today. If I don't get a copy early, I tend to flake out and forget until the 1 week reminder. My gf's kid has a horrible corn allergy. If a plastic bottle is made with corn, he can't drink the water in it. If a mill uses the same machine to grind corn and then cleans it before grinding other grains, he can't eat the grains. His soap can't have corn contamination. No corn through breastmilk. She makes homemade ketchup. It boggles the mind.

      1 · January 18, 2013

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