Bookstores are filled with month-by-month pregnancy manuals, but the shelves are virtually empty of artful, entertaining, unvarnished accounts of labor and delivery are the stories that women crave most. In Labor Day, celebrated Jewish authors including Dani Shapiro, Jennifer Gilmore, Joanna Rakoff, Heidi Pitlor, Amy Herzog and many others, along with luminaries like Cheryl Strayed and Julia Glass, tell their hilarious, harrowing, totally true tales of childbirth in the twenty-first century. From hospital births to a birth in the back of a car, from scheduled C‑sections to water births at home, these writers explore the choices and challenges facing women today as they prepare for and reflect on the most transformative experience of their lives. Hailed by Mayim Bialik as a tremendously varied, honest, and beautiful set of stories to learn from and grow with, Labor Day will have you laughing, weeping, squirming, groaning (perhaps in recognition), and undoubtedly gasping with surprise. A bold conversation-starter for exploring both uniquely Jewish and also universal questions of motherhood, medicine, and women’s lives.
Labor Day: True Birth Stories by Today’s Best Women Writers
- From the Publisher
May 22, 2014
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