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Great expectations : twenty-four true stories about childbirth

Author: Lisa Moore; Dede Crane
Publisher: Toronto : Anansi, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Essay : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In this exceptional collection of original essays, twenty-four celebrated writers take the reader on an emotional and physical journey like no other: giving birth. Lynn Coady relates the painful memory of her teenage pregnancy and the anguish of giving up her newborn for adoption; Peter Behrens expresses a father's feeling of utter helplessness and incomparable joy during the birth of his first child; Afua Cooper  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Great expectations.
Toronto : Anansi ; Berkeley, CA : Distributed in the United States by Publishers Group West, 2008
(OCoLC)609164975
Online version:
Great expectations.
Toronto : Anansi ; Berkeley, CA : Distributed in the United States by Publishers Group West, 2008
(OCoLC)609220465
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lisa Moore; Dede Crane
ISBN: 9780887847783 0887847781
OCLC Number: 213103252
Description: 311 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Congratulations, it's a toaster! / Caroline Adderson --
Notes from St. Pantaleón / Esta Spalding --
Landings / Dede Crane --
Four more of us / Bill Gaston --
My perfect birth / Stephanie Nolen --
Moon woman / Afua Cooper --
What they neglect to mention / Claire Wilkshire --
New eyes, new heart / Karen Connelly --
Driving lessons / Joseph Boyden --
Earth mother / Joan Clark --
Not a natural childbirth story / Edeet Ravel --
The baby listens / Anne Fleming --
Winter star / Peter Behrens --
Five times / Kathy Page --
Three thousand, four hundred and fifty / Christine Pountney --
God's radar / Michael Redhill --
Road trips / Sandra Martin --
Animalia / Pauline Holdstock --
Gobsmacked / Martin Levin --
Blood / Lisa Moore --
Flight of the Wendybird / Lynn Coady --
The road to Hectanooga / Christy Ann Conlin --
Helpless / Curt Gillespie --
The spaces in between / Jaclyn Moriarty.
Responsibility: edited by Dede Crane and Lisa Moore.

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"In this exceptional collection of original essays, twenty-four celebrated writers take the reader on an emotional and physical journey like no other: giving birth. Lynn Coady relates the painful memory of her teenage pregnancy and the anguish of giving up her newborn for adoption; Peter Behrens expresses a father's feeling of utter helplessness and incomparable joy during the birth of his first child; Afua Cooper reflects upon giving birth in a new land with evolving customs; Anne Fleming describes the process of choosing a male donor with her same-sex partner; and Jaclyn Moriarty transcribes her grandmother's and her mother's birth stories, along with her own, to create a tender oral history, spanning three generations. Edited by master storyteller Dede Crane and award-winning author Lisa Moore, both of whom share their own accounts, Great Expectations delivers all the stuff of good stories: love, humour, wisdom, and humanity."--Jacket.

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