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Just the Facts: the Nonfiction Only Book Club - The Natural Mother of the Child by Krys Malcolm Belc

Just the Facts: the Nonfiction Only Book Club - The Natural Mother of the Child by Krys Malcolm Belc

This month we will discuss: The Natural Mother of the Child: A Memoir of Nonbinary Parenthood by Krys Malcolm Belc

Krys Malcolm Belc has thought a lot about the interplay between parenthood and gender. As a nonbinary, transmasculine parent, giving birth to his son Samson clarified his gender identity. And yet, when his partner, Anna, adopted Samson, the legal documents listed Belc as “the natural mother of the child.”
 
By considering how the experiences contained under the umbrella of “motherhood” don’t fully align with Belc’s own experience, The Natural Mother of the Child journeys both toward and through common perceptions of what it means to have a body and how that body can influence the perception of a family. With this visual memoir in essays, Belc has created a new kind of life record, one that engages directly with the documentation often thought to constitute a record of one’s life—childhood photos, birth certificates—and addresses his deep ambivalence about the “before” and “after” so prevalent in trans stories, which feels apart from his own experience.
 
 The Natural Mother of the Child is the story of a person moving past societal expectations to take control of his own narrative, with prose that delights in the intimate dailiness of family life and explores how much we can ever really know when we enter into parenting.

Please feel free to join us. We ask that you read at least 200 pages of the book if you wish to participate in the discussion. 


Questions?  Contact Kate Cannarozzi, (201) 343-4169, kathryn.cannarozzi@hackensack.bccls.org

Date:
Saturday, December 10, 2022
Time:
10:00am - 11:00am
Location:
Hackensack - Auditorium
Campus:
Hackensack's Johnson Free Public Library
Audience:
  Adults     Seniors  
Categories:
  Adult Events     Book Club     Live Stream  

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