Angela Garbes with Melissa Miranda

Seattle’s Angela Garbes, she of onetime working at Elliott Bay, of writing for The Stranger and other publications, who has been borne into the book world and then some with her debut book, Like a Mother, now looks at larger ramifications of what motherhood and mothering are - social, cultural, political, economic, personal,  and more - in her brilliant new book, Essential Labor: Mothering as Social Change (Harper Wave).

"I have never felt more held, challenged, and called to action by a book. Angela Garbes seamlessly weaves together memoir, research, and cultural analysis in a way that is expansive and profoundly intimate. She offers a path forward for family life that is simultaneously instinctive, generous, and revolutionary, sounding a note that American society badly needs to hear. I know I will think about this book for the rest of my life—it's that important." -Lydia Kiesling. 

Angela Garbes has given us the definitive explanation for something we all share: the sense that something is not right about our society’s treatment of parenting. Essential Labor is a beautifully written, painstakingly researched, and courageously personal book. Garbes reveals the way systems exploit caregiving and shows us how the essential work of mothering can fix not just family life, but society. A timely and unforgettable book.” -Heather McGhee.

Onstage in conversation with Angela Garbes this evening will be Melissa Miranda, chef/owner of Musang, a heralded Filipina restaurant that opened on Seattle’s Beacon Hill in January 2020.

This live/in-person program, with streaming available, is co-presented by The Seattle Public Library and Elliott Bay Book Company.


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ISBN: 9780062937360
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Published: Harper Wave - May 10th, 2022

Seattle Central Public Library
1000 Fourth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
Tuesday, May 17, 2022 - 7:00pm
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