True Birth Stories by Today’s Best Women Writers

Labor Day

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.

Labor Day 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. These writers will have you laughing, weeping, squirming, groaning (perhaps in recognition), and undoubtedly gasping 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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