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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.
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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 (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #675,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jennifer Ortega on May 8, 2011
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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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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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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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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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We've been trying for a while. What's mostly out there are online sites, blogs and books about success stories. This was a great read for someone who may have to face the possiblity it will not be a success. Very good insight and extremely comforting.
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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 just for what she wants it to be. Her word choices were beautifully woven into the fabric of the story, & it was encouraging to read a story of hope in the face of great disappointment.
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As someone who has been through infertility treatments myself, I can relate to Lisa Manterfield and her book. Lisa struggled with an unexplained diagnosis and battled for 5 years to try and get pregnant. Although she never tried IVF, she considered it and made the decision not to pursue that for the sake of her health. Lisa and her husband also considered adoption, but they both came to realize that they would much rather live childfree then subject themselves to the stress and unknowns that adoption can bring. I'm thankful that Lisa took the time to write this book and it is the first thing that I've read on the subject of infertility and living childfree that I can relate to.
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There is a strong idea in our culture that anyone can have what they want if they just try hard enough. Or if they just relax enough. Well-meaning friends say "just do IVF" or "just adopt," as if I could just pick up an embryo or baby at the store. It's hard for people to understand "quitting." But sometimes you have to chose life, your own life. And this book is a huge help.
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