- 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: #3,205,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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One Good Egg: An Illustrated Memoir Hardcover – May 7, 2013
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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
“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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