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A Guide to Being Born (Compact Disc)
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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. 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.
About the Author
Ramona Ausubel is a graduate of the MFA program at the University of California, Irvine. She is the author of the novel "No One Is Here Except All of Us "and the short story collection A Guide to Being Born. Her work has been published in "The New Yorker", "One Story", "The Paris Review Daily", "Best American Fantasy", and elsewhere, and has received special mentions in "The Best American Short Stories "and "The Best American Nonrequired Reading". She has been longlisted for The Frank O'Connor Short Story Prize, and a finalist for the New York Public Library Young Lions award and the Pushcart Prize.
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Cassandra Campbell began doing voice overs as the voice for Calvin Klein s Italian commercials. This was followed by commercial and documentary recording in both English and Italian. She has recorded many audiobooks and has received several AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as an Audie(r) Award nomination. As an actress and director, she has worked at the Public, the Mint, the Berkshire Theatre Festival, Stagewest, Theatreworks, the Baltimore Shakespeare Festival, Millmountain Theatre, the National Shakespeare Company, and the New York Fringe Festival.
Kirby Heyborne is a musician, actor, and professional narrator. Noted for his work in teen and juvenile audio, he has garnered numerous Earphones Awards. His audiobook credits include Jesse Kellerman s "The Genius", Cory Doctorow s "Little Brother", and George R. R. Martin s "Selections from Dreamsongs."
"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