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The Nigerian-Nordic Girl's Guide to Lady Problems

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  54 ratings  ·  14 reviews
What’s a Nigerian-Nordic-American girl to do when she develops fibroids in rural Iowa? Battle the American health care System or summon Nordic mythology and traditional Nigerian medicine? While at the renowned Iowa Writers’ Workshop to write a book about meeting her African father and siblings as an adult, Faith Adiele develops a medical condition that can be interpreted—a ...more
Kindle Edition, 33 pages
Published December 11th 2013 by SheBooks (first published December 10th 2013)
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Marica Moore
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Short and sweet! But sometimes you have to laugh to keep from crying.
May 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I considered a four-star rating, but screw it, it WAS amazing. I realize it's not fair to expect superior writing from a memoir based on medical issues, but it is a sheer joy to be taken through this experience by an author so witty, self-aware and wry, in prose so supple, barbed and brilliant. And now I've said that I felt joy at someone's extreme misfortune and I feel like an asshole. I'm sorry. But this was so wonderful - the way she weaves together the strands of both her cultures, the way s ...more
Feb 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook
The writing was fantastic and made me glad to have ordered her book "Meeting Faith". However, I loathe the ending. It felt like she stopped talking in the middle of a sentence. I didn't feel the need for resolution of the story - that can be left unfinished. But to complete a final thought would have helped her story to feel done. ...more
Mar 01, 2018 rated it liked it
I should say that this e-book is really more of an e-essay, lest you think I spent all day yesterday reading. It takes less than an hour to read. I saw the author at this year's Festival of Women Authors and found her remarkably insightful and funny, so I read her "book," even though before seeing her in person I would never have picked it up. Probably my earlier instinct was the right one. Somehow the wit did not come through to me so much in her writing. (This may be just me: I also find David ...more
Janhavi Bhat
Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Terrific and a hilarious read

The last thing I ever wanted to read was about fibroids (sensitive topic, ouch!).
The manner that Faith Adiele has dealt with it in her mini memoir made me finish the book in one seating. Hilarious yet heart warming. A wonderful and an amazing read for those who flinch at the mention of fibroids.
Erica Nichol
Mar 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful narrative of the struggles and trials of a woman's body, her inner turmoil, the heinous treatment of Black women in the US by the medical profession, being biracial in the US, being a daughter of immigrants, medical care of immigrants and women,, and living a world apart from your beloved siblings. I'm sure that I missed something. ...more
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
fast, great dialogue, creative way to separate chapters. like a novella memoir. jump right in to her mind and life, no build up and you gain the context through her voice that is quick, analytical with humor, with only a slight glimpse into intimate emotional landscape
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Nice and short but stressful and sad.
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great perspective on being mixed race, mixed culture, female, and lost in the health care system - and in life. I enjoyed the writing very much, but at only 33 pages, this wasn't really a book. ...more
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"The Nigerian-Nordic Girl's Guide to Lady Problems" discusses a serious lady problem: fibroids. Faith Adiele had four painful ones and lots of conflicting advice about what to do about them - from her different cultures, different doctors - and much of it was fairly judgmental.

The medical system in America is highly flawed, and the treatment people get varies wildly depending on how you're perceived by your medical provider. Honestly, the Nigerian, Nordic, and American ways all fail her differen
Mar 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Adiele writes beautiful prose which comes across in this book about her fibroids. While studying for MFA at Iowa Writers Workshop she develops fibroids in uterus and this book is about her adventures with those fibroids. How fibroids were dealt with in Nigerian and Nordic cultures - the roots of her origin. And how the modern US Healthcare deals with them. In between she tries alternative medicine.

The book is well written, is humorous in places but I am not sure how many people will enjoy readin
Feb 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
I'm not sure what made me request this from Netgalley. A combination of the Iowan connection, Nordic, feminist, and short just seemed intriguing. I'm so glad I did.

The description does a pretty good job of explaining the story. What it doesn't convey is just how well Adiele fits all that in such a short space. Her language just sucked me in and made me rethink avoiding "literary" writing now that I'm out of college and away from my English degree.
Jul 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: woc-writers
Fantastic "book," though so short not really a full book. I was surprised to see that this is a "she-book," a "short e-book by and for women." Surprised at how short the book was, that is. Clocking in at about 25 pages, the "book" felt more like a Longread, a substantive, in-depth nonfiction personal narrative. That said, I loved it! Quick. insightful, to-the-point, poignant, and funny. Well worth the time! ...more
Ann Pearlman
Jan 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Adiele has managed to weld humor, tragedy, medicine, race, anthropology all in one page turning short memoir. Many of us will will resonate, as I did, with her tale of struggle with fibroids.
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