Books: Honest Labor

WHAT ONLY A MOTHER CAN TELL YOU ABOUT HAVING A BABY by K.C. Cole; Anchor/Doubleday 318 pages;$10.95

Childbirth remains one of the most grotesque and transcendent of all natural functions, matched perhaps only by its necessary preliminary. Everything about the process is astonishing. Especially the baby. Science Writer K.C. Cole, despite her own and her husband's most diligent efforts to know exactly what was happening, was still surprised. As she writes, "There is a wide range of things, it seems, that nobody ever tells you about having a baby." Her book, aptly titled...

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