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For the first twenty-three years of her life, Suzy Becker was sure she would have at least two babies. Then it took her fifteen years to resolve to go ahead and have just one. One Good Egg is a funny, warmhearted, twenty-first century tale of making a family, illustrated with hundreds of her witty cartoons, clippings, charts, and pseudographs. When Suzy Becker finally decid For the first twenty-three years of her life, Suzy Becker was sure she would have at least two babies. Then it took her fifteen years to resolve to go ahead and have just one. One Good Egg is a funny, warmhearted, twenty-first century tale of making a family, illustrated with hundreds of her witty cartoons, clippings, charts, and pseudographs. When Suzy Becker finally decided she had everything she needed--the home, the savings, the friends, the family, and the gumption--to have a baby alone, she was thirty-nine, which catapulted her into the ranks of the six million other American women who need medical help to conceive. In One Good Egg, she chronicles her travels through the maze of fertility treatments, considering and reconsidering how far she was willing to go and inwardly convinced none of it would ever work. Five months after she learned she was pregnant, Suzy got married. While none of us can adequately plan or prepare for certain realities like giving birth or parenthood, Suzy Becker's One Good Egg reminds us we are not alone on our journeys.


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For the first twenty-three years of her life, Suzy Becker was sure she would have at least two babies. Then it took her fifteen years to resolve to go ahead and have just one. One Good Egg is a funny, warmhearted, twenty-first century tale of making a family, illustrated with hundreds of her witty cartoons, clippings, charts, and pseudographs. When Suzy Becker finally decid For the first twenty-three years of her life, Suzy Becker was sure she would have at least two babies. Then it took her fifteen years to resolve to go ahead and have just one. One Good Egg is a funny, warmhearted, twenty-first century tale of making a family, illustrated with hundreds of her witty cartoons, clippings, charts, and pseudographs. When Suzy Becker finally decided she had everything she needed--the home, the savings, the friends, the family, and the gumption--to have a baby alone, she was thirty-nine, which catapulted her into the ranks of the six million other American women who need medical help to conceive. In One Good Egg, she chronicles her travels through the maze of fertility treatments, considering and reconsidering how far she was willing to go and inwardly convinced none of it would ever work. Five months after she learned she was pregnant, Suzy got married. While none of us can adequately plan or prepare for certain realities like giving birth or parenthood, Suzy Becker's One Good Egg reminds us we are not alone on our journeys.

30 review for One Good Egg: An Illustrated Memoir

  1. 4 out of 5

    Venus Smurf

    I won this through First Reads giveaways, and while I can't say the subject matter held much interest for me--I'm not trying to have kids and can't see myself trying any time soon--the book was cleverly written and very entertaining for a book about a woman trying to have a child. The drawings were hilarious, as was the commentary. It was definitely informative, and I enjoyed it. I also gave my copy to my sister, and that's quite a compliment, because while she works in labor and delivery and so I won this through First Reads giveaways, and while I can't say the subject matter held much interest for me--I'm not trying to have kids and can't see myself trying any time soon--the book was cleverly written and very entertaining for a book about a woman trying to have a child. The drawings were hilarious, as was the commentary. It was definitely informative, and I enjoyed it. I also gave my copy to my sister, and that's quite a compliment, because while she works in labor and delivery and so actually would be interested in the subject matter, she's not into reading. For me to recommend a book to her, I have to know she'll love it in advance. I think she'll love this one.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    With humor and whimsical drawings, Becker details how one over-40,lesbian woman became a mother. Where else would you find drawings with talking ovaries, IVF and other fertility-related definitions, and to-do lists for how to get pregnant or what needed to be done before the baby was born? I am not in the demographic of who might read this book for its medical information or as support for personal infertility or "advanced maternal age" issues, but I'm glad Becker has created something that will With humor and whimsical drawings, Becker details how one over-40,lesbian woman became a mother. Where else would you find drawings with talking ovaries, IVF and other fertility-related definitions, and to-do lists for how to get pregnant or what needed to be done before the baby was born? I am not in the demographic of who might read this book for its medical information or as support for personal infertility or "advanced maternal age" issues, but I'm glad Becker has created something that will benefit and amuse those who are in that situation.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    So promising. Such a disappointment. I wanted to like this quirky memoir, I really did. But, 1) it screamed "trying too hard," 2) I did not find the snarky insights humorous, and 3) Becker simply did not endear herself to me. Moreover, the comic strip style illustrations were distracting rather than adding to the story. I wasn't always sure where to draw my attention first. Reader problem, to be sure but, in the vast library of still-to-be-read books, why spend my time on less than pleasurable l So promising. Such a disappointment. I wanted to like this quirky memoir, I really did. But, 1) it screamed "trying too hard," 2) I did not find the snarky insights humorous, and 3) Becker simply did not endear herself to me. Moreover, the comic strip style illustrations were distracting rather than adding to the story. I wasn't always sure where to draw my attention first. Reader problem, to be sure but, in the vast library of still-to-be-read books, why spend my time on less than pleasurable literature?

  4. 4 out of 5

    Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)

    Interesting book about women struggling to get pregnant and things they go through afterward. I liked the author's sense of humor about the entire experience and liked the illustrations that go along with the book. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book, all opinions are my own. Interesting book about women struggling to get pregnant and things they go through afterward. I liked the author's sense of humor about the entire experience and liked the illustrations that go along with the book. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book, all opinions are my own.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    While I can appreciate that this book may be helpful for someone wanting to learn about another person's non-traditional conception process, I found it to be a very boring minute-by-minute list of everything that happened. The emotions and humor were too much on the surface when I would've liked the author to delve deeper.. It could've used less wordiness and more of the clever drawings. While I can appreciate that this book may be helpful for someone wanting to learn about another person's non-traditional conception process, I found it to be a very boring minute-by-minute list of everything that happened. The emotions and humor were too much on the surface when I would've liked the author to delve deeper.. It could've used less wordiness and more of the clever drawings.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Karin Jones

    This is essentially a journaling of the assisted reproduction experience. It’s her very personal story without much attempt to bring the reader into any universal experience of wanting a child and the struggles to do so with modern medicine. She’s got a good sense of humor but I think a more successful book would be entirely illustrated, a funny pictorial story of the process of ivf.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Atarah

    It was a very good insight into the struggles of fertility, the end made me quite emotional and I'm not even a baby person. Loved the authors wry sense of humor. It was a very good insight into the struggles of fertility, the end made me quite emotional and I'm not even a baby person. Loved the authors wry sense of humor.

  8. 4 out of 5

    M

    Wow! My first book about IVF…yikes. So emotional and exhausting and roller coastery. But again, this author took a tough subject, sprinkled it with humor and gave birth to a great book!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Kramer Bussel

    Suzy Becker wanted to have a baby...she was pretty sure. But as she reached her late 30's and is single, she isn't sure exactly how she's going to go about it. Just as she falls in love with her best (female) friend, she finds a willing donor, her old friend Steve...who's in Australia. With this unique set of circumstances, Becker chronicles her efforts to get pregnant, with many ups and downs. While much of the details here are medical and scientific, Becker is never esoteric. She breaks down w Suzy Becker wanted to have a baby...she was pretty sure. But as she reached her late 30's and is single, she isn't sure exactly how she's going to go about it. Just as she falls in love with her best (female) friend, she finds a willing donor, her old friend Steve...who's in Australia. With this unique set of circumstances, Becker chronicles her efforts to get pregnant, with many ups and downs. While much of the details here are medical and scientific, Becker is never esoteric. She breaks down what's happening and what she was feeling and her drawings add levity, from Ziggy the Zygote to a quite apt conversation with her donor, where there's an elephant in the room (drawn sitting at the table with them). She's hopeful yet practical, and to me the main event here is less her eventual pregnancy as her coming to terms with the fact that it might not happen; when she's faced with the phrase "achieving pregnancy" she counters with a handwritten note that "I am not an underachiever--it happens or it doesn't." These are the small outbursts of emotion that are woven into the fabric of this memoir that make it so touching. Clearly, Becker wants to be a mother, but there's an evenhanded approach here, even when she's reluctantly trying meditation. She also offers little tidbits of information about the conception process, both facts and conventional (and sometimes not so conventional) wisdom. Even though this is Becker's very personal story, her forthrightness about her fears and uncertainties and eventual success in having a baby are counter to all the dire scary warnings bandied about often in the media. She doesn't sugarcoat (see "A Bad Chapter"), but adds humor that is greatly enhanced by her drawings.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Cerenity

    I recieved this book for free in a Goodreads Giveaway. This book really touched me. How much these women went through to have a child together. This book was both funny and sad at times. It is heartbreaking to hear the struggles that she went through to get pregnant. SO amazing that she dealt with all that stress and to know that everything that she went through was worth it all for the precious prize at the end. I would recommend this book to anyone.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Michie

    I am a single, straight woman, who has never wanted to have a baby. But I bought this book because I'm a Suzy Becker fan, having read her book about brain surgery (an experience I do share). By page 10 I knew I was reading one of the best love stories ever told. One need not be a mom to enjoy and learn from this memoir. It's light in tone; it's funny; it's also honest and beautiful. And the illustrations will make you gasp and laugh out loud. I am a single, straight woman, who has never wanted to have a baby. But I bought this book because I'm a Suzy Becker fan, having read her book about brain surgery (an experience I do share). By page 10 I knew I was reading one of the best love stories ever told. One need not be a mom to enjoy and learn from this memoir. It's light in tone; it's funny; it's also honest and beautiful. And the illustrations will make you gasp and laugh out loud.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    Illustrator Suzy Becker always assumed she'd be a mother, but when "the right time" had yet to manifest naturally by the age of 39, she decided to have a baby on her own, which proved to be slightly more challenging than she expected. Such a fun memoir with charming illustrations -- I very nearly finished it in a single day. The experience brought back so many memories as I vividly recalled having shared many of the same concerns, choices and fears before and during my own pregnancy. Illustrator Suzy Becker always assumed she'd be a mother, but when "the right time" had yet to manifest naturally by the age of 39, she decided to have a baby on her own, which proved to be slightly more challenging than she expected. Such a fun memoir with charming illustrations -- I very nearly finished it in a single day. The experience brought back so many memories as I vividly recalled having shared many of the same concerns, choices and fears before and during my own pregnancy.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Christa Witfoth

    I almost shelved it after the first couple of chapters..But I didn't. I'm glad that I saw it through to the the end. Even though I couldn't relate to the lesbian couple going through IVF, I really began to pull for them. It gave me insight on how many hoops there are to jump through, if you cannot conceive traditionally. In the end, It was heartwarming and worth the read. I almost shelved it after the first couple of chapters..But I didn't. I'm glad that I saw it through to the the end. Even though I couldn't relate to the lesbian couple going through IVF, I really began to pull for them. It gave me insight on how many hoops there are to jump through, if you cannot conceive traditionally. In the end, It was heartwarming and worth the read.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    I received this book through the giveaway. I enjoyed reading this book and liked the humor in the writing of what is a serious topic. I did find the cartoons distracting at times, though. It was interesting to read some of the authors experiences, and I found a lot of similarities between my relationships with men and the relationships the author has in her relationships with women.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Donna D'Angelo Struck

    I really enjoy Suzy Becker's work and find both her writing and her illustrations heartwarming and funny. It was good to "catch up" with Suzy after her reading her brain book years ago. I had the pleasure of meeting her in person when she toured that book, and I am so happy to see her doing so well. I wish her and her Good Eggs all the best. :) I really enjoy Suzy Becker's work and find both her writing and her illustrations heartwarming and funny. It was good to "catch up" with Suzy after her reading her brain book years ago. I had the pleasure of meeting her in person when she toured that book, and I am so happy to see her doing so well. I wish her and her Good Eggs all the best. :)

  16. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa O'mara

    This is a very personal account of 2 people who want a baby and the mountains they had to summit to get there. If you ever wanted a baby and had trouble, or are having trouble now, this book is the empathetic friend that will give you courage to keep going. It would make a great gift for someone going through the struggle as well.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    This one suddenly seemed applicable to my life, so I picked it up on a whim. Although I read the whole book, it was more about Solidarity Sister (older lesbian couple attempting to get pregnant...Ya-Ya!)than because I couldn't put it down. A quick, fairly informative read. I couldn't quite latch onto Becker's style, but I don't count that against her. This one suddenly seemed applicable to my life, so I picked it up on a whim. Although I read the whole book, it was more about Solidarity Sister (older lesbian couple attempting to get pregnant...Ya-Ya!)than because I couldn't put it down. A quick, fairly informative read. I couldn't quite latch onto Becker's style, but I don't count that against her.

  18. 5 out of 5

    MJ

    So much fun to read and look at accompanying "scribbles" of a woman whose lover has left her and decides she want to become a mother. The trials and tribulations of acquiring the sperm, overcoming infertility, renewing friendships, finding love, moving through disappointments, all with humor. So much fun to read and look at accompanying "scribbles" of a woman whose lover has left her and decides she want to become a mother. The trials and tribulations of acquiring the sperm, overcoming infertility, renewing friendships, finding love, moving through disappointments, all with humor.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Fosket

    I've been plowing through books on fertility and reproductive technology for a project I'm working on and this book was a pleasure. I loved the illustrated format and the author's chatty style. It felt like sitting down with a friend. I've been plowing through books on fertility and reproductive technology for a project I'm working on and this book was a pleasure. I loved the illustrated format and the author's chatty style. It felt like sitting down with a friend.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nae

    Quick and entertaining read. Had a lot of heavy material about dealing with infertility but Becker writes in a very lighthearted manner. The comics she draws also help lighten the mood. A good book to sit down and take a ride with someone in their life.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tam

    I was really into this book! Suzy's family story is pretty whirlwind and I felt swept along with it. The little drawings were adorable. I read this book pretty quickly because I enjoyed it so much. Her writing style is very funny and warm. I was really into this book! Suzy's family story is pretty whirlwind and I felt swept along with it. The little drawings were adorable. I read this book pretty quickly because I enjoyed it so much. Her writing style is very funny and warm.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    This book was cute and clever, the only thing wrong was that it made me want to have another baby. :-)

  23. 4 out of 5

    Laura Siegel

    I love the way this this cartoonist has woven illustrations into her story of trying to become pregnant. A humorous delightful read.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Maggie H. Smith

    I happened upon this book when visiting the framing shop that Suzy's partner owns in Hudson, MA. It's not a book I would have ordinarily picked up but I'm glad I did! It moved fast - great read. I happened upon this book when visiting the framing shop that Suzy's partner owns in Hudson, MA. It's not a book I would have ordinarily picked up but I'm glad I did! It moved fast - great read.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Becca

    Pretty much fun, with wonderful illustrations.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Dianne

    Good balance between illustrations and writing. Helped me better understand the difficulties many people face as they try to get pregnant.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Josh Cleveland

    A quick read. If you're looking for another infertility story or to find a way to identify with a friend in the midst of fertility treatment, I'd encourage you to read "Good Eggs" instead. A quick read. If you're looking for another infertility story or to find a way to identify with a friend in the midst of fertility treatment, I'd encourage you to read "Good Eggs" instead.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Thieme-baeseman

    I could not even finish this book. The drawings were more annoying than anything. They were distracting and did not enhance her writing. The writing was long winded.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Ellen Davis

    I really liked this book. An honest description of what the author/illustrator went through to have her child.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

    Very sweet tale of one woman's quest for motherhood. Suzy Becker is a local author - how could I resist? Very sweet tale of one woman's quest for motherhood. Suzy Becker is a local author - how could I resist?

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