Faith Adiele: Lady Problems

Lady Problems
SheBooks, 2014
E-book, free to members

Writing faculty member Faith Adiele wrote this book based on her personal experience as a Nigerian-Nordic-American woman who develops fibroids while in rural Iowa at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She is intrigued to learn that her condition could be interpreted -- and treated -- completely differently according to her three cultural backgrounds.

From the synopsis: “Frustratingly, each tradition suggests that Adiele herself is responsible for her condition (and potential barrenness) for having violated gender or racial norms. While wittily detailing her struggles with doctors determined either to remove or to use her uterus as a Midwestern teaching tool, she draws parallels to history: her Nordic family’s immigration experiences, her Nigerian family’s independence struggles, and the fate of women, the poor, and folks of color in American medicine.”