A Guide to Being Born is organized around the stages of life - love, conception, gestation, birth - and the transformations that happen as people experience deeply altering life events, falling in love, becoming parents, looking toward the end of life. In each of these eleven stories Ausubel's stunning imagination and humor are moving, entertaining, and provocative, leading readers to see the familiar world in a new way. In 'Atria' a pregnant teenager believes she will give birth to any number of strange animals rather than a human baby; in 'Catch and Release' a girl discovers the ghost of a Civil War hero living in the woods behind her house; and in 'Tributaries' people grow a new arm each time they fall in love.
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by Ramona Ausubel
by Jesse Ball
by Karen Kingsbury
by Richard Paul Evans
by Alexandra Bracken
by Dean Hughes
by Marc Ostrofsky
by Eric Dinerstein
by Guillermo Del Toro, Daniel Kraus
"If you love the literary short story, then Cassandra Campbell and Kirby Heyborne do not disappoint with this production. They give voice to the rich, lyrical prose of this collection in soft, lush tones that are not only easy on the ear but also evocative. Their pace and diction are precise and measured during the narration, a style that places the dialogue in sharp contrast. This is an especially good listen for those who want to dip into and out of a volume. The characterizations of a wide cast show the dexterity of both the writer and the narrators. M.R. © AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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