A Guide to Being Born

An enthralling, imaginative new collection that explores the heart of the human condition.

By Ramona Ausubel Read by Cassandra Campbell and Kirby Heyborne Fiction / Short Stories & Collections English, Unabridged 6h 1m Sell Sheet Also available on
A Guide to Being Born (Unabridged) - Ramona Ausubel
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5 Audio CDs May 2, 2013 $59.99 $47.99 9781624065132 Add to Cart
1 MP3 CDs May 2, 2013 $29.99 $19.99 9781624065170 Add to Cart
							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.

"...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." - AudioFile Magazine

"Each story in this collection finds a way to record the tensions between the corporeal and the invisible, the forces that animate us but ultimately can't be dissected, our anti-anatomies. The dismay of coming to the final page is easily combated by following the example of Ausubel's characters and beginning all over again." - The New York Times

"Lyrical stories arranged around themes of birth, gestation, conception and love... Ausubel has a gift of language so rich that even the most mundane events are invested with poetry, and many of her characters are in need of all the poetry they can muster." - Kirkus Reviews

"...a charming, at times precious collection of stories..." - Publishers Weekly

"These stories reminded me of branches full of cherry blossoms: fresh, delicate, beautiful, expressive, otherworldly. I eagerly read from one story to the next." - Aimee Bender