Since women over the age of 50 will soon make up 25 percent of the world's population, the demand for current information about menopause is not surprising. Barbach's The Pause is one of the best new books on the subject. A psychologist with an interest in sexuality and relationships, Barbach discusses the physical and emotional aspects of menopause, using quotes from women to illustrate the experience. She also talks about traditional and alternative medical approaches to relieving uncomfortable symptoms, including hormone replacement, herbs, acupuncture, and support groups. She stresses the importance of nutrition, exercise, relaxation, and good communications with coworkers, partners, and family. An extensive bibliography of clinical and lay sources and referral to relevant associations augment the text. A special chapter addressed to men helps them understand the process so that they can provide support and strengthen their relationships with women. Like Sadja Greenwood's Menopause Naturally ( LJ 10/15/84; Volcano Pr., 1992. rev. ed.), The Pause emphasizes the positive aspects of menopause as a liberating transition to the next phase of life and offers sensible, empowering advice for women. Highly recommended.