Monday, June 15, 2015

One Good Egg by Suzy Becker


One Good Egg: An Illustrated Memoir by Suzy Becker

Review by Lauren

Source: copy from library; all opinions are my own


Official Summary: For the first twenty-three years of her life, Suzy Becker was sure she would have at least two babies. Then it took another fifteen years to decide to go ahead and have just one. One Good Egg is the funny, warmhearted story of her journey to fertility and becoming a mom, illustrated throughout with hundreds of her clever and charming cartoons.

Suzy Becker found professional success in her twenties, and by her thirties, she decided she had everything she needed—the home, the savings, the friends, the family, and the gumption—to have a baby alone. At age thirty-nine, she joined the ranks of the six million women who need medical help to conceive. In One Good Egg, she chronicles her travels through the maze of fertility treatments, constantly considering and reconsidering how far she was willing to go, inwardly convinced none of it would ever work. She learned she was pregnant on her way to tape an essay for NPR, and five months later married her true love.

Review: I had previously read Becker’s illustrated memoir I Had Brain Surgery, What’s Your Excuse? and really fell in love with her style. One Good Egg’s events take place after the previous title, so I was excited to come across the book at my local library. Instead of being in the biography section, it was shelved within non-fiction pregnancy titles. You just never know where to look sometimes!

sample page - source


One Good Egg is the story of Becker’s journey to get pregnant. She starts off wanting to have a baby alone, but then she ends up marrying one of her best friends (who had an older son of her own). Newly married, the two of them continue on this baby path together through all the disappointments, excitements, and more. 

The title comes from something Becker hears a lot on her journey – “you only need one good egg” to get pregnant. Eventually, she does get pregnant, but it really is about the struggle to get there and all the delights and worries that come along with that. I ‘m not a mom myself, but I know a lot of people that are, and I know that sometimes it’s not easy to get pregnant. It was interesting to go along on Becker’s journal and I love that she illustrates her memoirs. It just adds a lot of personality to an already sincere memoir.

13 comments:

Maja (The Nocturnal Library) said...

Ohh, I love the sound of this! I think I'd find it eye-opening in so many ways, especially as someone who got pregnant literally on the first try. I admire people who are brave enough to go into this battle. Thanks for bringing this to my attention.

Kindlemom said...

I can so relate to this book, as I think quite a few other people out there that struggled with this. I'm so glad you read and like this, it sounds wonderful!

Diva Booknerd said...

I'm in the process of trying for a family now, so I can really relate to her struggle and wanting a child of her own. I think with these semi authobiographies, it helps if you can relate to the author and when it comes to anything where the author is writing about that personal struggle, always makes for an emotional read. I might check this one out Lauren, thanks for the wonderful review <3

Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings said...

I struggled awhile before getting pregnant. Luckily I didn't have to go through treatment, but I know I could relate a bit to this book. Sounds like an interesting read. I remember thinking once you got pregnant and it was healthy, then it was all downhill, no worries. Wrong, you never stop worrying.

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

I love finding gems like this in the most unexpected places. I know a lot of people who struggle with infertility so I know this will be a big help. Brilly review!

Midnight Cowgirl said...

I love the idea of illustrated memoirs!

Rebecca Harasym said...

I think this sounds like a wonderful book all about struggles and excitement in real life. I love to read books like this! Thanks so much for telling me about it!

Rebecca
www.winnipegstyle.ca

Melliane said...

It's not something I would usually read but the topic is really interesting and it's great that the author had such a writing style.

Tracy Terry said...

Sounds like an inspirational read.

Loving books placed in obscure places even if it can be frustrating when a title isn't where you'd expect it to be.

Claudia Arroyo said...

I can only imagine how incredibly difficult it must have been to have gone through the ups and downs of infertility, but the fact that Becker drew inspiration from those trials to pen an amusing and inspirational book makes it all worth it. Wouldn't you agree? :)

Brandi Kosiner said...

This is such an important issue to write about, I know many have infertility issues

kimbacaffeinate said...

This sounds so good, and I know many folks struggle. We have friends trying everything under the sun.

Kirsty-Marie Jones said...

Haha, yeah, you really don't know where things pop up. I'm not a mum either, but pretty much all my cousins are, apart from Amber, and one of my cousins had a hard time getting pregnant the second time, and she lost a few, so yeah, it can be tough, and it must have been hard for her to write about.