Labor Day by Eleanor Henderson audiobook

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

Edited by Eleanor Henderson and Anna Solomon
Read by Cris Dukehart and Hillary Huber

Tantor Audio 9780374239329
9.67 Hours 1
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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 hear 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."

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Summary

Summary

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 hear 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."

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Labor Day belongs on the nightstand next to What to Expect When You’re Expecting. It’s a must-have book for mothers, mothers-to-be, and anyone who cares about what birth looks like today.” Molly Ringwald
“One of the most important preparations for labor is reading actual stories from actual women in labor. Labor Day provides a tremendously varied, honest, and beautiful set of stories to learn from and grow with, no matter where you are in your parenting journey.” Mayim Bialik, PhD, actress, neuroscientist
“The authors capture the heightened emotions and physical demands of labor in beautiful, heart-wrenching, and sometimes graphic language. This isn’t a how-to book, nor does it present a case for the ‘perfect birth,’ which sets it apart from the plethora of childbirth manuals and lends it broader appeal and a very different type of resonance.” Booklist

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Author

Author Bio: Eleanor Henderson

Author Bio: Eleanor Henderson

Eleanor Henderson is the author of Ten Thousand Saints, named one of the 10 Best Books of 2011 by the New York Times and a finalist for the Award for First Fiction from the Los Angeles Times and was adapted into a film in 2015. She earned an MFA degree from the University of Virginia in 2005.

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Author Bio: Anna Solomon

Author Bio: Anna Solomon

Anna Solomon is the award-winning author of the critically acclaimed novel The Little Bride. Her fiction has appeared in One Story, the Georgia Review, the Harvard Review, the Missouri Review, Shenandoah, and elsewhere. Her stories have twice been awarded the Pushcart Prize, have won the Missouri Review Editor’s Prize, and have been nominated for a National Magazine Award. The holder of a BA from Brown University and an MFA from the Iowa Writers Workshop, she has taught writing at the Sackett Street Writers Workshop and Manhattanville College.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 9.67
Audience: Adult
Language: English