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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. Among these stories is ‘Atria,’ in which 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. In ‘Tributaries,’ people grow a new arm each time they fall in love.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Ausubel is a master stylist of vibrant, concise prose, and these stories, with love most often at their cores, can be appreciated for that alone.”

    Booklist

  • “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 New York Times Editor’s Choice in May 2013
  • One of the New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books of 2013
  • A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2013 in Fiction
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About the Author
Author Ramona Ausubel

Ramona Ausubel is the author of the novels Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty and No One Is Here Except All of Us, winner of the PEN Center USA Fiction Award and the VCU Cabell First Novel Award and a finalist for the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award. She is also the author of the story collection A Guide to Being Born, and her work has been published in the New Yorker, One Story, Paris Review Daily, and Best American Fantasy.

About the Narrators

Cassandra Campbell, Audie Award–nominated narrator and winner of several Earphones Awards, has performed in regional theaters across the country and in several off-Broadway shows at the Public Theater and the Mint Theater. In addition to narrating audiobooks, acting, and directing, she is a commercial and documentary voice-over artist.

Kirby Heyborne is an American musician, actor, and multiple award–winning audiobook narrator. After graduating from the University of Utah with a degree in economics, he received critical acclaim for his starring role in the award-winning World War II drama Saints and Soldiers. He has starred in many feature films and national commercials and has appeared on Everwood and Free Ride. In addition, he can frequently be found touring the country with his singing and songwriting act.