Angela Garbes - Like a Mother

This reading is a free event that will also be a Diaper Drive for Seattle organization West Side Baby, a local nonprofit that provides basics for children and families in need throughout King County. 

Diapers are expensive, and 1 in 3 American families struggle to afford them. If you are able, please bring diapers to donate. The most needed sizes are 4, 5, and 6. Already opened packages are fine! 

Like most first-time mothers, Angela Garbes was filled with questions when she became pregnant. What exactly is a placenta and how does it function? How does a body go into labor? Why is breast best? Is wine totally off-limits? But as she soon discovered, it's not easy to find satisfying answers. Your obstetrician will cautiously quote statistics; online sources will scare you with conflicting and often inaccurate data; and even the most trusted books will offer information with a heavy dose of judgment. To educate herself, the food and culture writer embarked on an intensive journey of exploration, diving into the scientific mysteries and cultural attitudes that surround motherhood to find answers to questions that had only previously been given in the form of advice about what women ought to do--rather than allowing them the freedom to choose the right path for themselves.

Angela Garbes began writing for the Seattle newsweekly the Stranger in 2006 and became a staff writer in 2014. Her piece The More I Learn About Breast Milk, the More Amazed I Am is the publication's most-read piece in its twenty-four-year history, and the genesis of this book. Garbes is an experienced public speaker, frequent radio commentator, and event moderator. She grew up in a food-obsessed, immigrant Filipino household and now lives in Seattle with her husband and two children. Like a Mother is her first narrative book.