Everything Conceivable

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Apr 24, 2007 - Health & Fitness - 432 pages
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Award-winning journalist Liza Mundy captures the human narratives, as well as the science, behind the controversial, multibillion-dollar fertility industry, and examines how this huge social experiment is transforming our most basic relationships and even our destiny as a species.Skyrocketing infertility rates and dizzying technological advances are revolutionizing American families and changing the way we think about parenthood, childbirth, and life itself. Using in-depth reporting and riveting anecdotal material from doctors, families, surrogates, sperm and egg donors, infertile men and women, single and gay and lesbian parents, and children conceived through technology, Mundy explores the impact of assisted reproduction on individuals as well as the ethical issues raised and the potentially vast social consequences. The unforgettable personal stories in Everything Conceivable run the gamut from joyous to tragic; all of them raise questions we dare not ignore.

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User Review  - LudieGrace - LibraryThing

Anyone who hopes to become a parent, or who is concerned about the societal impact of assisted reproductive technologies, should consider reading this book. Fascinating, and sobering. Read full review

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User Review  - satyridae - LibraryThing

Mundy's chatty tone coexists beautifully with the huge amount of technical and emotional detail presented in this riveting book. Deals with every aspect of assisted reproduction, including some I ... Read full review


Title Page
The New Reproductive Landscape
Women and the Dilemmas of Modern Motherhood
Every Man a Father Every Man Infertile
ART and the Evolving Human Family
How Women Changed
Gay Fatherhood Through Surrogacy
Single Mothers by Choice and the Magazine Article That Made Them
The Big Family by Overnight Delivery
The Advent of HighOrder Multiples
Selective Reduction ARTs BestKept Secret
The New Singleton
Americas Frozen Human Embryo Glut
Ethics Feminism and
Reproductive Science and the Future of Our Families

ART and the Rights of the Child

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Liza Mundy received her A.B. degree from Princeton University and an M.A. at the University of Virginia. She is a feature writer at The Washington Post Magazine and her work was selected by Oliver Sacks for inclusion in The Best American Science Writing 2003. She has won awards from the Sunday Magazine Editors Association, among others. She lives in Arlington, Virginia, with her husband and two children.

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