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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.
“An irresistible dispatch from the far frontier of parenthood. . . . First-rate at explaining the science . . . and finding the flesh-and-blood people living in this remade world.”
—The Plain Dealer
“Welcome to the wild new world of reproduction. . . . Liza Mundy follows dozens of topsy-turvy tales from the reproductive edge . . . [with] a fresh voice and with a keen eye for detail.”
—The Washington Post Book World
“Fascinating. . . . The book gains considerable depth from Mundy's reportorial urge to dig into all aspects of a story.”
—The New York Times Book Review