To kick off Season 6 of The Merry Menopause Bookclub Podcast my wonderful guest is Naturopathic Doctor Lara Briden.
A graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, Lara practices in Christchurch, New Zealand, treating women with symptoms of PCOS, PMS, endometriosis, Perimenopause, and many other hormone- and period-related health problems.
Lara joins me to talk about the second of her two brilliant books Hormone Repair Manual which is about navigating and relieving the symptoms of Perimenopause and Menopause, but I urge you to also check out her first book Period Repair Manual.
Join us as we discuss:-
This will make sense once you have listened! – And the 9th symptom is….. Onset of night sweats, in particular premenstruall
Lara’s book choice is the wonderful Circe by Madeline Miller
You can find out more about Lara and her work here
My guest for this episode to discuss her first adult book The Change is feminist author in the Young Adult and children’s space, Kirsten Miller.
The Change is the story of three women in their Perimenopause who discover that the changes of reaching this age are also their Superpowers.
Life has become so quiet for Nessa since her husband died and her daughters left home that she starts to hear the dead. Jo channels her rage and the heat of her hot flashes and makes them her strength and Harriet is undergoing a very spiritual metamorphosis.
It’s Menopausal Super Hero’s to the rescue!
I loved the The Change and the re-framing of the symptoms of Perimenopause. It show-cases this transition as a time when we truly step into our power.
Join Kirsten and I as we discuss not only The Change but also:-
Kirsten’s Book Choice – Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez
Find out more about Kirsten and her work here
My guest for this episode is Dr Sharon Blackie award-winning writer, Psychologist and Mythologist. Her highly acclaimed books, courses, lectures and workshops are focused on the development of the mythic imagination, and on the relevance of myth, fairy tales and folk traditions to the personal, cultural and environmental problems we face today.
She joins me to discuss her new book Hagitude which explores how nine very different female archetypes chosen from myths and fairytales can help us to gain a better understanding of our Menopause transition and also create a map of how we want to be as we age.
The key question at the heart of this book is how an exploration of the vividly wonderful and diverse archetypal characters in our fairytales and myths might help us to create a map of what it is to become a good elder
Join us as we discuss:
Sharon’s book choice – DH Lawrence The Rainbow
Alexandra Pope and Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer are the co-founders of Red School. Together they have spent over 10,000 hours researching and refining their radical new approach to health, creativity, leadership and spiritual life. And the best bit? It’s rooted in the bloody, wild, radical power of the menstrual cycle and Menopause.
They are the authors of two Hay House books Wild Power – which completely changed my life – and the book we are discussing in this epsiode the newly released Wise Power, which is all about discovering the liberating power of Menopause
They say never meet your heroes but I have now met two of mine. It was a privilege to have Alexandra and Sjanie as my guests. Join as for this beautiful and empowering conversation, that will change the way you look at and experience your Menopuase forever.
Alexandra’s book choice – Becoming Supernatural by Dr Joe Dispenza
Sjanie’s book choice – Mary Magdalene Revealed by Meggan Watterson
Anniki Sommerville’s specialist subjects include Perimenopause, parenting and work/life juggling. She has written for The Telegraph, The Guardian and Grazia and is the author of 5 books.
In this episode, we talk about her latest book – ‘The Big Quit,’ which is all about how to navigate work and find the right balance for you.
My personal experience and that of friends, clients and The Merry Menopause community drew me to this book. Perimenopause and Menopause can put a spotlight on our relationship with work and our careers.
Join us as we discuss:-
Anniki’s book choice – Love Your Sober Year by Kate Baily and Mandy Manners
Find out more about Anniki here
What better way to finish off season six of The Merry Menopause Bookclub Podcast than with Bonnie Garmus author of The Sunday Times No 1 Bestseller “Lessons in Chemistry”
Bonnie and I connected on Instagram where I was raving about Lessons in Chemistry, It is one of my favourite reads this year so far and I was delighted Bonnie said yes to being my guest.
Lessons In Chemistry is about a woman named Elizabeth Zott, a fictional chemist in late 50s early 60s America. She gets fired from her research job for the crime of being unwed and pregnant and as things get a little tight money wise she accepts a job as a TV cooking show host. Most of us would consider it a job to kill for, but Elizabeth Zott doesn’t want the job at all. So instead of teaching straight-up cooking, she ends up teaching the nation chemistry – because cooking is chemistry. And as she does so she ends up teaching women what they are made of at a molecular level and she ends up changing a nation because of it.
Join us as we discuss:-
Bonnie’s Book Choices:-
The Anthropocene – John Green
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry – Rachel Joyce
Find out more about Bonnie and her work here