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By S. Powell on 11-22-16
Infertility and cultural experience
We look for validation of our own experiences. I know that's what I was seeking when I picked up this book. But I didn't find it here.
If fertility treatments are not for you, this book may not have much to offer. It's a personal account of the cost, effects, and social repercussions of assisted reproductive technology. And that's fine. It is a well written account that touches on the inequality of access for people of color or LGBT, the varying degrees of insurance coverage, and the supportive community built up around assisted reproductive technology.
If, like me, you may be looking for your own tribe as you remain childless by chance, choice or circumstance, this book is not for you. I am still dealing with this loss, and I am still looking for the next step forward. I'm out here, waiting.
Lastly, the narrator spoke clearly, but with a wooden cadence and tone-deaf inflection that did not do justice to the often emotional content of the text. I think I would have preferred reading this in print.
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By Amanda Gannon on 09-09-16
Not for me
I did not enjoy this book. The author seems obsessed with having a baby. My partner and I are successful, career minded people who delayed having children and are just starting to explore asisted conception possibilities so I was initially excited to hear someone else's journey. Unfortunately, I just couldn't relate to the author at all. My sense of self and accomplishment is in no way tied to my ability to make a baby and it seems like the author's is, which is cool for her but not something I want to invest time hearing about. The reader was plodding and monotone and made a bad narrative worse. To be fair, I only made it to Chapter 3 before deciding I didn't want to waste any more time so maybe it gets better or I missed the point.
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