Labor Day: True Birth Stories by Today's Best Women Writers

Labor Day: True Birth Stories by Today's Best Women Writers

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"An anthology that will explore the birth experience from a wide-ranging group of esteemed writers (including Julia Glass, Lauren Groff, Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum, and others), with all the force, frankness, humor, and honesty that the best personal writing has to offer"-- Provided by publisher.
"Thirty acclaimed writers share their personal birth stories--the extraordinary, the ordinary, the terrifying, the sublime, the profane It's an elemental, almost animalistic urge--the expectant mother's hunger for birth narratives. Bookstores are filled with month-by-month pregnancy manuals, but the shelves are virtually empty of artful, entertaining, unvarnished accounts of labor and delivery--the stories that new mothers need most. Here is a book that transcends the limits of how-to guides and honors the act of childbirth in the twenty-first century. Eleanor Henderson and Anna Solomon have gathered true birth stories by women who have made self-expression their business, including Cheryl Strayed, Julia Glass, Lauren Groff, Dani Shapiro, and many other luminaries. In Labor Day, you'll read about women determined to give birth naturally and others begging for epidurals; women who pushed for hours and women whose labors were over practically before they'd started; women giving birth to twins and to ten-pound babies. These women give birth in the hospital, at home, in bathtubs, and, yes, even in the car. Some revel in labor, some fear labor, some feel defeated by labor, some are fulfilled by it--and all are amazed by it. You will laugh, weep, squirm, perhaps groan in recognition, and undoubtedly gasp with surprise. And then you'll call every mother or mother-to-be that you know and say "You MUST read Labor Day.""-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Farrar, Straus and Giroux,, 2014
Edition: 1st Edition
ISBN: 9780374239329
Branch Call Number: 618.4 Labor 2014
Characteristics: 310 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Solomon, Anna
Henderson, Eleanor


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Jun 03, 2014

I am expecting my first child this week. I started reading the book but had to stop- the writing is good, but it was too much information for this somewhat anxious mom-to-be! My mother, on the other hand, read it in 3 days and loved it. Recommended reading for women who've HAD babies, maybe not for every first-time pregnant woman.


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