Book Review: Mama Gena’s School of Womanly Arts

Mama Gena’s School of Womanly Arts

Author: Regena Thomashauer

ISBN: 9780743439930

Available: Amazon, Barnes & Noble

This non-fiction book has been on the market since 2002, and I have read it numerous times. I am reviewing it because it’s a book that all women should know is out there. Regena Thomashauer, aka “Mama Gena,” explores the concept of enjoying life at whatever phase it’s in, without the need for the fancy car, fat bank account, or perfect entourage of spouse and children. A relationship therapist by trade, Thomashauer isn’t afraid to look into a woman’s dark side- our tendencies to be petty, bitchy, and self-pitying- in a fun, engaging manner. This is a lighthearted read- Thomashauer doesn’t take herself too seriously, and believes you shouldn’t either. You should feel fulfilled and give appreciation where it is due, and she provides exercises and ideas on ways for you to achieve that.

While Thomashauer’s brazen approach on appreciating, knowing, and enjoying yourself and your sexuality can be startling, if not off-putting, the contents of the book shouldn’t be outright dismissed because of it. The book is broken up into ten lessons, and you don’t have to read and participate in all of them to gain good insights since the lessons don’t rely on you having done the previous one to continue or know what is going on.

Among the 10 lessons are:

  • The Case for Pleasure
  • The Womanly Art of Whetting Your Own Appetite
  • The Womanly Art of Having Fun, No Matter What
  • The Womanly Art of Partying with Your Inner Bitch
  • The Womanly Art of Inviting Abundance

The book reads well, with no noticeable grammar or spelling issues, and the hardcover is just 192 pages- easy to devour in a day. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to get their groove back or help someone else find theirs.