The perfect trio
Being alone is not necessarily a bad thing – in fact it can be a liberating experience. According to Chidera Eggerue it can be ‘the best freaking thing that’s ever happened to you’. What a Time to be Alone is peppered with Igbo proverbs from her Nigerian mother and full of her own original artwork. It’s designed to help readers navigate the modern world, decide on their self-worth and assist them to heal and empower themselves. Eggerue advises readers to sustain and grow healthy relationships and avoid toxicity in their friendships by not getting involved with other people’s demons, among other undesirable things. Quadrille, R235.
The human body is an amazing system. The food we eat and the way we live our lives can help to keep it in balance and improve our health. Hannah Richards has set out sensible nutritional guidelines in The Best Possible You that cover ways to keep every organ in your body healthy, what it may look or feel like when it’s out of balance, along with healing foods. Recipes, herbal supplements and remedies and many useful tips are included in this handy holistic guide to good health. Orion, R335.
Despite the fact that quite half the human population of the globe is female, across the world menstruation is still seen as a mark of shame. Anna Dahlqvist has put the whole matter in perspective in It’s Only Blood – Shattering the Taboo of Menstruation. Dahlqvist tells the often shocking or moving stories of some of these 2 000 000 000 women. She met and interviewed individuals across the world from Bangladesh to Sweden, Uganda to the United States. She also reveals the inspirational courage of those who fighting back against this stigma that keeps young girls from going to school, adults from their work and leaves infections untreated. Where silence has been the golden rule, Dahlqvist has offered solutions to many of the problems in this eye-opening, accessible book. A must-read. Wits University Press, R320.