“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
Following in the tradition of James Thurber and Jules Feiffer, best-selling author/illustrator Becker (Kids Make It Better: A Write-in, Draw-in Journal, 2010, etc.) combines droll illustrations with a lively narrative style in this chronicle of the high expectations and shattering disappointments on her journey to motherhood. At age 25, the author discovered a love for cross-country biking and began her first lesbian love affair. Twenty-two years later, when her latest relationship ended on the issue of whether or not to become parents, the author decided to go it alone as a single mother. She began exploring whether two close gay male friends might consider being sperm donors. Becker describes her state of mind at the time: "I wished I was a Southern gastric brooding frog. No gastric brooding frog husband to find. No career to worry my shiny gray head. Life could be as simple as swallowing a batch of fertilized eggs and burping up some babies." Her laugh-out-loud humor permeates this account of her experiences, from finding a sperm donor to dealing with medial professionals, insurance companies and the side effects of fertility treatments. Much of the tale involves the man who ultimately became her daughter's biological father and their relationship, which would go beyond physical fatherhood to include his active if infrequent involvement with his daughter. The process was halted when she suffered epileptic seizures and needed brain surgery, an experience Becker explored in her memoir, I Had Brain Surgery, What's Your Excuse? (2003). A longtime female friend who had raised her own son as a single mother offered encouragement and practical help. During this time, their relationship deepened, leading to a same-sex marriage with two mothers, in what was to become a three-parent family. Tender and funny, this appealing modern love story is greatly enhanced by the author's drawings.