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I'm Taking My Eggs and Going Home: How One Woman Dared to Say No to Motherhood [Kindle Edition]

Lisa Manterfield
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Lisa Manterfield was a sensible 32-year-old when she met The One—a man who sparked a passion for tango, an urge to break down closed doors, and a deep-rooted desire to reproduce. Five years later she was a baby addict, hiding her addiction, plotting a maternity ward heist, and threatening anything that got in her way, including her beloved husband and his pesky practicality.

In this gritty, award-winning memoir, Manterfield traces her spiraling route from rational 21st century woman to desperate mama-wannabe. She examines the siren song of motherhood, the insidious lure of the fertility industry, and the repercussions of being childless in a mom-centric society. But this isn’t just another infertility story with another miracle baby ending, nor is it a sad introspective of a childless woman; this is a story about love, desire, and choices—and ultimately about hope. It is the story of a woman who escapes her addiction, not with a baby, but with her sanity, her marriage, and her sense-of-self intact.

2012 Independent Publishers Book Awards winner.


Editorial Reviews

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In this memoir of love and loss, Lisa Manterfield dares to reveal the depths of her desperation, and in so doing, dares to reveal the depths of her heart. --Jennie Nash, author of The Victoria's Secret Catalog Never Stops Coming and Other Lessons I Learned From Breast Cancer

Lisa tackles a taboo subject with candor and aplomb. Her voice is a welcome sanity check for women left to wonder how society became so fixated on motherhood. --Pamela Mahoney Tsigdinos, author of Silent Sorority: A (Barren) Woman Gets Busy, Angry, Lost and Found

I'm Taking My Eggs And Going Home is a wonderful book, full of heart and hope. As funny as it is moving. I couldn't put it down. --Carrie Friedman, author of Pregnant Pause: My Journey Through Obnoxious Questions, Baby Lust, Meddling Relatives, and Pre-Partum Depression

Lisa tackles a taboo subject with candor and aplomb. Her voice is a welcome sanity check for women left to wonder how society became so fixated on motherhood. --Pamela Mahoney Tsigdinos, author of Silent Sorority: A (Barren) Woman Gets Busy, Angry, Lost and Found

I'm Taking My Eggs And Going Home is a wonderful book, full of heart and hope. As funny as it is moving. I couldn't put it down. --Carrie Friedman, author of Pregnant Pause: My Journey Through Obnoxious Questions, Baby Lust, Meddling Relatives, and Pre-Partum Depression

About the Author

Lisa Manterfield is the creator of LifeWithoutBaby.com, an online forum that gives a voice to women without children. Her writing has been featured in Los Angeles Times, Bicycle Times, and Romantic Homes. She lives with her husband and cat, and divides her time between Los Angeles and Santa Rosa, California. For more information, please visit LisaManterfield.com.

Product Details

  • File Size: 316 KB
  • Print Length: 222 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0983012504
  • Publisher: Steel Rose Press (November 20, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004D9FG1W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #312,393 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finding voice, creating empathy May 8, 2011
Format:Paperback
Like many other difficult subjects, infertility is often taboo even between close friends. Lisa's memoir creates a platform from which these issues can be discussed. Her story is endearing with moments of gentle humor and humbling honesty. It really presses the reader to think about the way our culture defines womanhood, and what happens to a woman's identity when she finds she cannot reproduce. This is a definite discussion starter for your next women's reading group pick.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By David44
Format:Perfect Paperback
This book literally took me into the lives of Lisa and her husband. She weaves a wonderful story that has stayed with me, even a week after finishing the book.

The account of her struggle to become a mother, and her resulting decision not to have a child is gripping as it is understandable, and is as powerful as it is understated. She details the very personal emotions of going through this process, beautifully crafting story that many of us can relate to. It was so exquisitley written, but raw and honest. There are very few books that deal with this topic and she has done a beautiful job describing her journey - and she is very brave to do so.

She is an important voice for those of us who are infertile and do not have children by choice.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I laughed, I cried -- a story for all women! February 1, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is a great read. I finished reading "I'm Taking My Eggs and Going Home" three days after I received it, staying up late and almost missing train stops because I was so caught up. I laughed out loud, cried, hoped, and shared Lisa's journey from mama-wannabe to sane childfree woman.

What I think you need to know is this isn't just some woe-is-me tale about infertility with a happy miracle-baby ending. It's a well-written, universal story about a woman trying to find her place in our world. Any woman can relate to her struggles. And if you have a friend, sister, or coworker who has been or is going through infertility, Lisa's story will teach you how to better support her and inspire you to listen with more compassion.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart-felt account January 13, 2012
By JBC
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This was a really excellently written, intelligent and heart-felt book. It was so good I couldn't put it down -- I stayed up late and finished it in one day.

We haven't yet traveled as far down the IF path as the author (we're going to start testing in the next couple months), but all of the content leading up to the author's IF testing rang true and familiar to me (I'm pretty sure I recognized the website she talks about joining, having used it myself for a year and a half), and I found myself welcoming this wonderful lady into my heart as she lets us into hers.

It was also refreshing and validating to discover there are women like myself out there -- women who are opposed to the drugs of IVF. I've never responded well to artificial hormones (ie all the many types of hormonal BC I've tried have made me a crazy-woman or made me very ill), and ever since I started thinking about what we would do if we had trouble conceiving naturally, I've been resistant to the idea of IVF and putting myself through all of that. It was good to see that I'm not alone in having reservations about this type of medical treatment.

For my own well-being, I've been working on embracing a future without children in it, because I know how uncertain the IF and adoption/fostering journeys are. Reading this book was, again, refreshing and validating. It was also helpful and informative -- I've been dreading the pain and intrusiveness of IF testing, and reading about Lisa's experiences was informative and helped me prepare myself for what is to come. It also reaffirms my desire to always put my relationship with my husband first, to not lose touch with each other through this difficult journey, and waste years of our precious time on this Earth together.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book August 30, 2011
Format:Perfect Paperback
Wonderful book for the infertile community as well as for those trying to console friends or family.
I found her writing to be funny, insightful and a joy to read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Such excellent writing that I found myself dog-earing every other page. Whether you're struggling with fertility or not, or are a parent or not, you will love this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sincere from start to finish February 11, 2011
Format:Perfect Paperback
Lisa Manterfield has used a singular approach to write about involuntarily childlessness, a tricky subject. And it works! Her memoirs are sincere from start to finish and very enjoyable.

It takes a skilled writer to get the right balance between research and experience on such a tough subject. This author is spot on, taking us into her emotional world and expounding on hardcore facts when and where appropriate.

I'm Taking My Eggs and Going Home is a good read indeed and a wonderful opportunity to reflect on any deeply emotional subject, not just infertility. I highly recommend it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the better books in this genre December 11, 2012
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I've now read about a half dozen "I've had it with fertility treatment books" and this was the best. Very funny and well-written. I enjoy when her mind races and takes a descriptive detour (reminds me of those Ally McBeal moments in that series when her imagination would play out some scenario and then she would snap back to reality). I believe that some readers might negatively judge this person who was "the other woman" who broke up a marriage (which at that point was a mere formality) but if you can get past that, there is a great story here. I thank Lisa for bravely sharing her tale and inspiring other women to consider taking their eggs and going home to find a different kind of happiness!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book. Hit the spot.
We've been trying for a while. What's mostly out there are online sites, blogs and books about success stories. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Joe's Wife
4.0 out of 5 stars Moving account of a woman's journey through the painful experience of...
Very detailed, giving step by step account of the painful process. A useful reference for women struggling to conceive and dealing with the reality of not being able to have a... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Dawn Lynette Vincent
4.0 out of 5 stars Infertility reality
This is an awesome book. I couldn't put it down until the end. I've been through the same challenges, concerns, worries, emotions ... Read more
Published 8 months ago by MCC
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally something that I can relate to
As someone who has been through infertility treatments myself, I can relate to Lisa Manterfield and her book. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Gail R. Kulp
3.0 out of 5 stars average
This book was just ok for me. I took til about page 100 to get into it, as I did not care about what happened to her with her ex or before her marriage. Read more
Published 20 months ago by hola
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Another Sad Story
I truly enjoyed reading this book. The author has a wonderful way of expressing the highs and lows of her journey, & finally coming to the conclusion of enjoying life as it is, not... Read more
Published on June 25, 2012 by Nightbloomer
5.0 out of 5 stars Hope
Being a lifelong reader, I can honestly say I have never connected with a book more than I have with this one. Thank you, Lisa, for giving us a voice.
Published on April 22, 2012 by Lmg11283
5.0 out of 5 stars Definately Recommend!!
I got this book along with about 6 others, so that I would have something to read while my husband and I are starting our infertility process I was really looking for something... Read more
Published on January 25, 2012 by kaitlinmichelle
2.0 out of 5 stars If you've gone through IVF and are looking for closure, this isn't...
Let it be known that the author has not gone through IVF. This is important if you're infertile and are looking for books that can help you over the "hump" of going from IVF to... Read more
Published on January 10, 2012 by blondegal
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More About the Author

Lisa Manterfield is the creator of LifeWithoutBaby.com, an online forum that gives a voice to women without children.

Her writing has been featured in a broad range of publications, including Huffington Post, Los Angeles Times, and Crazy Sexy Life. She has taken her work to the stage at venues such as Spark Off Rose and Expressing Motherhood .

Lisa is the author of the award-winning memoir I'm Taking My Eggs and Going Home: How One Woman Dared to Say No to Motherhood, which won a silver medal in the 2012 Independent Publishers Book Awards. She has also written a series of guidebooks about California's Wine Country.

She lives with her wonderful husband and overindulged cat, and divides her time between the beach and wine country. Everything you ever wanted to know about her but were afraid to ask can be found at www.LisaManterfield.com.

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