Join me each month as I highlight my favourite NoMo—not mothers—books. Stories I’ve found where women are celebrated without being defined by their ability to reproduce.
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Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata
I found this book after it was recommended to me on Facebook while I was searching for childless heroines. Keiko is thirty-six, childless, single and has worked full-time in a convenience store since she was eighteen years old.
The story follows Keiko as she considers her life choices and the expectations she feels she should meet from those around her.
A short book, but a sweet one which gives a voice to a member of society who can so easily be overlooked. The humour is often dark and dry but sincere; the voice of Keiko is utterly believable and fresh.
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So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y’all Don’t Even Know – Retta
You may recognise Retta from NBC’s Parks and Recreation or Netflix’s Good Girls. But before she was a TV star she was a stand-up comedian with a taste for expensive coffee and designer handbags. This outrageously funny autobiography gives us mere mortals a glimpse into what those LA parties are really like, and how Retta reacted when she met the real Michael Fassbender.
Fans of hot beverages, Hamilton and hockey will roar along with Retta in this wonderful debut. If ‘just reading’ such a fabulous story isn’t quite enough for you, the audiobook version is read by the author so you can close your eyes and imagine you’re sipping champagne in the bright lights of Hollywood too…