014. maternal cravings

with Laura Brading of Wellread

Today’s guest is Laura Brading, Mum to Magnolia & Sydney. Laura is also one half of WellRead – the curated book subscription service celebrating the immeasurable power of reading. Laura has spent most of her adult life in the literary world, including working in the publishing industry for some time before becoming a Mother.

In today’s conversation, Laura and I delve deep into what it means to be a Mother, and our attempts, as women, to prove ourselves to be more than that undervalued label. I’d like to put a trigger warning in here, as Laura talks pretty openly about her struggles through endometriosis, polycystic ovaries, infertility, miscarriage, and how isolating these experiences can be. The conversation is heavily weighted towards our mutual love of reading, so if you’re into books, this is the episode for you!

“It’s almost like striving to not ~just~ be a mother, 
& I don’t know where that comes from,
but I have a feeling it’s a societal disregard
of the work that mothers do.”

Image by Andrew Butler

Books mentioned on the show ~

A Life’s Work: On Becoming a Mother – Rachel Cusk
How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy – Jenny Odell
Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World – Cal Newport
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth – Ina May Gaskin
My Name is Lucy Barton – Elizabeth Strout
Anything is Possible – Elizabeth Strout
Fleishman is in Trouble – Taffy Brodesser
The Girl with the Louding Voice – Abi Dare

Rachel Cusk’s response piece for ‘A Life’s Work’.

Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s disregard for routine.

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Original Music by J. Dale Pearson

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