As the Baby Boomers reach menopause in record numbers, books on the subject have begun to proliferate as well. I've read many of them in the course of traversing this "passage" myself, and Sheehy's is by far the most levelheaded, sensible, and informative of the lot.
In the era in which we grew up, the normal processes of female life (such as childbirth), which had been successfully negotiated by our foremothers for centuries, had become "pathologized" into matters requiring a doctor's intervention -- if not hospitalization, surgery, or prolonged use of drugs. Now that women are reclaiming their own health, it's become far too easy for writers with a political agenda to capitalize on women's (understandable) anti-doctor sentiment and err in the opposite direction.
Sheehy, a thorough and down-to-earth person (as her other books show), has researched the subject of menopause in detail. While encouraging women to take responsibility for their own health, she avoids the extreme of insisting that "real women do it all NATURALLY without hormones." And, while she gives the medical establishment no quarter, she also makes it clear that their informed assistance can help a woman negotiate menopause with considerably less discomfort than we were led to believe was inevitable. I was impressed with the good sense she showed in the first edition, and am encouraged that she's updated the book with recent information. If you buy only one book on menopause, this is the one to get.