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In this illustrated memoir, Becker (I Had Brain Surgery, What’s Your Excuse, 2004) shares her funny, happily-ever-after story of getting pregnant through in vitro fertilization (IVF). At 38, after numerous relationships with men and with women, she realizes she wants to become a mom. She gets sperm from a gay friend, Steve, and at first tries inseminating at home with a syringe. The book is funny but a little racy. The drawing that accompanies her description of Steve’s small-looking semen donation includes this handwritten caption: “It seemed like so much more when I used to swallow it.” And Steve needs to buy gay porn to produce a specimen at the IVF lab, which is stocked with heterosexual magazines. But the few R-rated jokes shouldn’t deter anyone from reading this laugh-out-loud book, which ends satisfyingly with Becker marrying her female partner, Lorene, and welcoming a healthy daughter, Aurora. This smile-inducing first-person journey is a worthwhile investment for anyone going through infertility treatment and anyone else who just wants a good chuckle. --Karen Springen

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“Suzy Becker is a wonderful writer, hilarious, touching, and sweet.” —Anne Lamott, author of Help, Thanks, Wow and Operating Instructions
 
"Talking ovaries, cranky uteruses, and Blinky the embryo—Suzy Becker brings mirth to birth."  —Hilary Price, author of Rhymes with Orange
 
"Suzy Becker is a comic genius." —Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home and Are You My Mother?
 
“Following in the tradition of James Thurber and Jules Feiffer, best-selling author/illustrator Becker combines droll illustrations with a lively narrative style in this chronicle of the high expectations and shattering disappointments on her journey to motherhood… Her laugh-out-loud humor permeates this account of her experiences…Tender and funny, this appealing modern love story is greatly enhanced by the author's drawings.” —Kirkus Reviews
 
“[A] funny, happily-ever-after story…This smile-inducing first-person journey is a worthwhile investment for anyone going through infertility treatment and anyone else who just wants a good chuckle.” —Booklist
 
“The delightful images and unswerving humor of this lighthearted tale of the making of a modern family will provide a much-needed repose for readers on their own journey to parenthood.” —Library Journal
 
“Touching and very funny . . . This book is bordering on essential for both moms-to-be with flagging fertility and for lesbian couples hoping to become parents, but is an absolutely beautiful book about love and determination that will be enjoyed by a wide variety of readers. Becker's fantastic, on-point cartoon illustrations cover all manner of observations and worries, and every woman who has ever been pregnant will relate.”—Publisher's Weekly (starred review)
 
“A humorous memoir that chronicles [Becker’s] sometimes difficult journey through fertility treatments and childbirth.” —Worcester Telegram Gazette
 
"A heart-warming and side-splitting memoir about trying to get pregnant...[One Good Egg] is one of the best new books out now. Incidentally, it might also be one of our favorite Mothers Day gift ideas...While we all know there are a myriad of ways to have a baby in an unconventional way (from sperm donors to egg freezing to in vitro fertilization to adoption), it's great to see an utterly personal, informative (but not scientific), and above all humorous tale about one woman figuring out her own road to becoming a mother. Becker's book is an exciting read, and her cartoons kill it. We're so glad the story has such a happy ending." —Elizabeth Street blog
 
 
 
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA (May 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608192768
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608192762
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,938,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An author, artist, educator, and entrepreneur, Suzy Becker began her career as an award-winning advertising copywriter, and then founded the Widget Factory, a greeting card company. She entered the world of books with what would become the internationally bestselling All I Need to Know I Learned from My Cat, now in the Double-Platinum Collector's Edition All I Need to Know I Learned from My Cat (And Then Some).

Yankee Magazine named Suzy Becker one of four 2010-11 "Angels Among Us" for her community service initiatives, including the Ride For AIDS Resources (Ride FAR), the country's first HIV/AIDS bike-a-thon, which has raised over $1,000,000 for HIV/AIDS service organizations. Suzy has also received the Anti-Defamation League's "A World of Difference" Award for her "I Don't Put Up with Put Downs" anti-bullying/prejudice awareness education project.

In 1992, Suzy was named New England Women Business Owners' youngest ever Woman of the Year. She was a 1993-1994 White House Fellow, a 1999-2000 Bunting Fellow, and she is a perennial finalist in the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes. Suzy was also the founding arts teacher at the Parker Charter School in Ayer, MA.

She lives with her family, a dog and a formerly feral cat in central Massachusetts. Learn more about Suzy at www.suzybecker.com

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Janet A. Zade on May 10, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Author/illustrator/humorist Suzy Becker's story of wanting a baby has the thrill of a modern medical quest, the zest of her keen intelligence, and the lure of sentiment, with fabulous humor to spice it all up! We feel the ups and downs of the process and savor the happy ending. One doesn't have to have the same problems to solve, to enjoy this amazing memoir. This is a book that you just can't put down, and will go back to again to be sure not to miss any of the many drawings she has done to illustrate the mindset of infertility patients and ultimately motherhood and family.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Augusta Rohrbach on June 20, 2013
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7 million people are infertile, but no one wants to write about it....so THANK YOU SUZY BECKER!!! For those who have first-hand knowledge and experience with infertility treatments, you will be so relieved to be able to laugh at the many ups and downs that everyone goes through. For those who know and want to support someone going through infertility treatments, this will be your guide to understanding the many ways in which your support matters!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By catie on June 24, 2013
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One Good Egg tells a unique, but not rare story of the struggle to conceive after forty when you're also a lesbian. The most captivating part of this story is the way it is told, with illustrations and with that Suzy Becker sensibility; that is, a story told with humor, insight, edginess and self-deprecation. I couldn't put it down once I entered her world. It's a wonderful read that you won't forget!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brooke T on June 25, 2013
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This is an engaging and entertaining memoir about the author's rocky path to motherhood. The journey is described with considerable humor, accented by clever illustrations on almost every page. You root for the author throughout, and the story is quite suspenseful even though the happy ending is hinted at before you even open the book -- in the charming cover.

This is a book that all mothers would love, but it's also about what we're willing to sacrifice for anything that we want badly, and for this reason, anyone can relate to the author's journey. We are moved by the author's sacrifices, sympathize with her moments of self-doubt, feel for her frequent setbacks and cheer when all of the struggles and obstacles prove to have been worth it.

It's a wonderful book and one you want to read again as soon as you finish.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. RUSSO on July 25, 2013
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To One Good Egg add one ultra-supportive partner, the most stalwart sperm donor, rock-solid family & friends, medical professionals ultimately coming through and more honesty about a super-dicey topic (in vitro fertilization) than we probably deserve. It's all brought together by the mind and hand of incomparable illustrator / memoirist Suzy Becker. She draws on every detail of her journey to create an extraordinary chronicle of exactly what it took to align those stars in a most joyous manner. Equal parts grace and grit, Becker's words and images simply ring right-as-rain. Grab her delightful little gem of a book and climb aboard this roller coaster ride to one of life's most beautiful destinations.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ellen on June 13, 2013
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I loved this book and have been recommending it to everyone I know. The author's use of humor in both text and drawings is nothing short of amazing. It is a rare gift to be able to recount such a painful and stressful moment in life with clarity, insight and humor. Suzy Becker writes with such skill I was pulled into the narrative from the first paragraph and I didn't want it to end. When I finished the book I started reading the first chapter again and I was drawn into the story all over again. Honest, wise, wonderful book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Franny Duke on July 3, 2013
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Loved this book! Was recommended it by a friend and was wary that a chronicle of infertility challenges would be maudlin or mopey, but the approach here is so unique and funny that it was really not depressing at all. The drawings add an unexpected and rich dimension to this story, which I think would be well received by anyone who has gone through the challenges of getting pregnant, or creating an unconventional family, or who just loves a well-written, well-told story of personal triumph and love. Great book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SRBOLT on June 21, 2013
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I wasn't quite sure what to expect with this book, but quickly found myself completely invested in Suzy's journey. It is so much more than a story about "the baby decision." It's a humorous, heartfelt look at friends, love and the building of a family. Whether you've gone through fertility or not, it's engaging from beginning to end and you will find yourself turning the pages desperate to know what happens next on Suzy's journey to motherhood.
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