Birth: A Literary Companion by Kristin & Lynne Kovacic & BarrettBirth: A Literary Companion by Kristin & Lynne Kovacic & Barrett

Birth: A Literary Companion

EditorKristin & Lynne Kovacic & Barrett, Kristin Kovacic, Lynne Barrett

Paperback | September 25, 2002

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Parenthood is full of secrets. The pregnant body, labor, the mysteries of a new child, the transformation of relationships -- men and women are themselves reborn as they become parents. Birth: A Literary Companion collects the work of fifty accomplished writers to guide new parents through this complex emotional terrain.

Arranged chronologically -- from early pregnancy to late infancy -- Birth can be read solidly or dipped into in the middle of the night. Here, a curious reader can find a frank, funny essay about breastfeeding, a vividly accurate story about labor, or a tender poem about the terror of holding a newborn child. Birth covers the huge emotional spectrum that new parents pass through -- from fear and loathing to uncontainable joy. Embracing all kinds of parents -- gay and straight, mothers and fathers, married and single, adoptive and biological -- the book unlocks, through literature, the secrets of parenthood that science and society rarely reveal.

An enduring guide to the emotional and spiritual changes of parenthood, Birth will be an important addition to both parenting and literature bookshelves.

Title:Birth: A Literary CompanionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:276 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:September 25, 2002Publisher:University of Iowa PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0877458316

ISBN - 13:9780877458319

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Editorial Reviews

"In this marvelous anthology, a chorus of extraordinary writers has been summoned to examine the endlessly fascinating experience of human nativity. In tributes that vary from joyful to unflinching to troubled to lyrical they honor that most fundamental, most immutable truth; all births are complicated, emotionally."