Joanna Wolfarth, author of Milk: An Intimate History of Breastfeeding recommends some fantastic books! Before jumping into the interview, please check out Joanna's book:
Q. Do you have a favourite smart thinking book (and why that book)?
Am I allowed two? The first is John Berger's Ways of Seeing, which was one of the first texts I read as an undergraduate and which changed my perception of the world and what art history could be. The second is The Argonauts, by Maggie Nelson. A stunning book which interrogates identity, love, desire, care, parenthood.
Q. What's the most recent smart thinking book you've read (and how would you rate it)?
My most recent read isn't actually out until later this year, but I recommend getting hands of a copy of Womb by midwife Leah Hazard when it does come out. It takes us on a much-needed journey of discovery on a topic which has been sadly neglected for too long.
Q. Do you have a favourite childhood book?
Watership Down - I have very clear memories of my parents reading me a chapter a night at bedtime. And I'm looking forward to doing the same with my own children in a couple of years.
Q. Do you prefer reading on paper, Kindle or listening to an audiobook?
I prefer paper, and I will make pencil notes in the margins or fold down corners which I know can be controversial! I do use a Kindle though and it was great during night feeds with a small baby, and of course for travel.
Q. Do you have a favourite bookshop (and why that shop)?
I'll spend days in most second hand bookshops. A recent discovery is the vast Eagle Books in Bedford.
Image Copyrights: Orion Publishing Co (Milk), Melville House UK (The Argonauts), Little, Brown Book Group (Womb), Penguin Books Ltd (Ways of Seeing, Watership Down).