‘Otherhood’ Interview with Alie Benge, Lil O’Brien & Kathryn Van Beek

We recently sat down with Alie Benge, Lil O’Brien and Kathryn Van Beek, the editors of a new book of non-fiction essays Other hood: Essays on being childless, child free and child adjacent, published by Massey University PressOther hood is a candid and empathetic collection of personal stories that dive into the varied reasons behind living a childfree life. From tales of deep grief through to the stigmas that still surround free choice, this book shows a diversity of experiences and hopes to open up a more inclusive conversation about what makes a fulfilling life.

Watch our interview with the editors below, and reserve a copy of Other hood on the Library catalogue today! Also available to borrow as an eBook on Overdrive.

Other hood : essays on being childless, childfree and child-adjacent

“In Aotearoa the number of people who will never have children is growing – and they’re pushing back against the narrative that if they don’t, their lives will be somehow ‘less than’. Otherhood’s essays are by writers who’ve felt on the outside looking in, who’ve lived unexpected lives and who’ve given the finger to social expectations. Some chose to be childfree, some didn’t get to choose and some – through bereavement or blended family dynamics – ask themselves: Am I a mother or am I other? Thought provoking, moving and often hilarious, Otherhood opens a more inclusive conversation about what makes a fulfilling life.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

 

We extend our thanks and appreciation to Alie, Lil, Kathryn and Massey University Press for this interview. 

There’s a Cure for This – New Health Books in the Collection

We all worry about our health from time to time; it’s completely normal.  Thankfully there are lots of good books written on the topic from people who have had similar experiences or worries.  We’ve got a good crop for you this month in our new books in the collection.  Here are just a few of the new titles available.

There’s a cure for this : a memoir / Espiner, Emma
“From award-winning writer Dr Emma Espiner comes this striking and profound debut memoir. Encompassing whānau, love, death, ’90s action movies and scarfie drinking, There’s a cure for this is Espiner’s own story, from a childhood spent shuttling between a ‘purple lesbian state house and a series of man-alone rentals’ to navigating parenthood on her own terms; from the quietly perceived inequities of her early life to hard-won revelations as a Māori medical student and junior doctor during the Covid-19 pandemic. Clear, irreverent and beautiful, this book offers a candid and moving examination of what it means to be human when it seems like nothing less than superhuman will do.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Allergic : our irritated bodies in a changing world / MacPhail, Theresa
“Hay fever. Peanut allergies. Eczema. Either you have a frustrating allergy, or you know someone who does. Billions of people worldwide–an estimated 30 to 40 percent of the global population–have some form of allergy; millions have one severe enough to actively endanger their health. Medical anthropologist Theresa MacPhail, herself an allergy sufferer whose father died of a bee sting, set out to understand why. This book is a holistic examination of the phenomenon of allergies from its first medical description in 1819 to the mind-bending recent development of biologics and immunotherapies that are giving the most severely impacted patients hope.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

The wellness trap : break free from diet culture, disinformation, and dubious diagnoses–and find your true well-being / Harrison, Christy
“”It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle.” You’ve probably heard this phrase from any number of people in the wellness space. But as Christy Harrison reveals in her latest book, wellness culture promotes a standard of health that is often both unattainable and deeply harmful. Many people with chronic illness understandably feel dismissed or abandoned by the healthcare system and find solace in alternative medicine, as Harrison once did. Weaving together history, memoir, reporting, and practical advice, Harrison illuminates the harms of wellness culture while re-imagining our society’s relationship with well-being.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Continue reading “There’s a Cure for This – New Health Books in the Collection”