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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Steel Rose Press (January 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983012504
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983012504
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #597,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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.

Customer Reviews

I also loaned it to my mom, so that she could read it!
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I really loved the book and read it all in one day because I couldn't put it down.
Lily
Thank you Lisa Manterfield for opening up your heart and sharing your journey!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Ortega on 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David44 on February 25, 2011
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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Guthrie Woods on February 1, 2011
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JBC on January 13, 2012
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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lily on January 16, 2011
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This is so much more than an infertility story (in a good way), it's about being a woman in today's day and age. Navigating challenges from leaving your family a country away, to the role you fill in your own family, to the ups and downs of being in & around relationships that work and others than don't. I also love how Lisa really lets you inside her head at each point and the clever dance always going on between emotion & logic including how she struggles to reach her own conclusions in the midst of the two.

Lisa doesn't hold back from delving into feelings about her husband, his grown children, her family, his family, friends and co-workers. You get a sense of her world - the world as we actually experience it in our own heads anyway. I wasn't left with that, "I wonder about this person or that person?" She goes there even if it makes her look less than perfect. It made me feel an even deeper kinship to her.

And yes, oh yes, does she delve into her infertility story. She takes you on it step by step and you feel like you're in the room with each passing moment, whether it's at the latest appointment of the person whose going to "make it happen" or in private conversations with her husband in the car. She gives a beautiful and heart wrenching account of just how all-consuming, exhausting and truly never ending infertility can be.

I really loved the book and read it all in one day because I couldn't put it down. It was an account of real life and the barrage of situations women face in adulthood. I hope many women will read this and feel comforted, whether they have faced infertility or not. (I hope for those who haven't faced it, this will be one of those books that opens their eyes & hearts to when infertility does enter their life in some way.
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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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