New Feature in New York Family

Labor Day featured in New York Family Magazine: “There are many ways to become a mother, and these stories capture these different journeys in all their messy, unpredictable glory.”


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The New York Times Book Review

“…the angst echoed in these accounts will resonate with any woman who has ever wondered, ‘Can I do this?’ as she stood alone facing the wobbly, unpredictable bridge to motherhood.”

Labor Day gets a sweet little review in this NYTBR Shortlist.

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Edan Lepucki & Stephen Colbert Take on Amazon

In the most phenomenal use of TV fairy godpeople since Oprah, Stephen Colbert has rocketed Labor Day contributor Edan Lepucki to the top of the best-seller list. When made it impossible to order books published by Hachette, including Colbert’s, he and fellow fairy godfather Sherman Alexie issued a challenge to viewers of The Colbert Report: pre-order Lepucki’s debut novel California on Over 6400 viewers did. Now, Colbert wants to put the novel at the top of the New York Times best-seller list. See the video here.

tumblr_n73h3mD6f41qd3jsao1_1280You can help make history by buying the book Jennifer Egan calls “a lush, intricate, deeply disturbing vision of the future.” Pre-order it from here, or at your local independent bookstore.

And if you haven’t read Edan’s beautiful Labor Day essay “If, If, If,” read an excerpt here.

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Flying Chalupa Giveaway!

The generous folks at are giving away a copy of Labor Day. Check out the review of Julia Fierro’s new novel Cutting Teeth and enter to win copies of both books simply by leaving a comment. In their words: “This is the gift for the moms and moms-to-be in your life.”


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“Long Overdue”: LARB on Labor Day

In the Los Angeles Review of Books, in perhaps the most searching (and provocative) of all our reviews so far, doula Elisa Albert explores our culture’s need for birth stories: “Taken together they form a redemptive chorus, necessary and vital.” We love her Best American Birth Stories idea. But now, who will edit it?


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Spawn & Survive on Labor Day

Rachel Walker has a dazzling review of Labor Day on her awesome pregnancy and parenting blog Spawn & Survive: “The beauty of this compilation of essays is twofold: exquisite writing and a range of experiences that paint childbirth as the unpredictable and intense and transformative transition that it is…This book is not a polemic on the ‘right’ way to have a baby. Rather, Labor Day is a literary convergence of one of the most interesting, miraculous phenomenon in existence.”



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Mother’s Day: A Manifesto

Labor Day contributor Marie Myung-Ok Lee suggests a different way of celebrating (and thinking about) the ever-fraught holiday, here.

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Thoughtful, thorough review in The Millions

“Most birth stories I know were delivered second-hand; they’re a little fuzzy around the edges, a little watered-down, and often simplified so as not to frighten. But there’s nothing watered-down about the stories in this volume: they are blunt, wistful, confessional, wise, loving, sorrowful, witty, and sometimes eerie….LABOR DAY: True Birth Stories by Today’s Best Women Writers is the book I hoped to find.” Read more.

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Motherlode recommends Labor Day

Pleased to see Labor Day make the NY Times Motherlode list of recommended gifts for Mother’s Day!

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