Annual book list 2022
Welcome to the 2022 season of HeyReprotech.
As in years past, I'm kicking things off with a book list. From yearning to regulating, from scientific advance to ethical concern, from informing to celebrating to criticizing — it's all there.
Some of these titles have appeared on past lists, but many are newly discovered. I wish I could say I have read each and every one, but I have not. Enjoy! And please get in touch with any titles that you think should be added to next year's list.
I just wanted to mention as well that I'm experimenting with using Twitter to share the latest news in assisted reproduction as I come across it. Please follow me @HeyReprotech for these daily updates and retweets.
Happy reading, everyone.
Books, books, books!
Sharon Covington, ed. Fertility Counseling, 2nd Edition: Clinical Guide (vol 1). 2022.
Sharon Covington, ed. Fertility Counseling, 2nd Edition: Case Studies (vol 2). 2022.
Abbie Goldberg. LGBTQ Family Building: A Guide for Prospective Parents. 2022.
Amy Webb and Andrew Hessel. The Genesis Machine: Our Quest to Rewrite Life in the Age of Synthetic Biology. 2022.
Alexandra Antipa. M is for Mother: My Journey Into Motherhood. 2021.
Adam Balen and Grace Dugdale. The Fertility Book: Your Definitive Guide to Achieving a Healthy Pregnancy. 2021.
Sophie Beresiner. The Mother Project: Making It to Parenthood the (Very) Long Way Round. 2021.
Jennifer Berney. The Other Mothers: Two Women's Journey to Find the Family That Was Always Theirs. 2021.
Nolwenn Bühler. When Reproduction Meets Ageing: The Science and Medicine of the Fertility Decline. 2021.
Annette Burfoot and Derya Gungor. Women and Reproductive Technologies: The Socio-Economic Development of Technologies Changing the World. 2021. *open access
Samantha Busch. Fighting Infertility: Finding My Inner Warrior Through Trying to Conceive, IVF and Miscarriage. 2021.
Carol Lynn Curchoe Burton. The Thin Pink Line: Regulating Reproduction. 2021.
Sarah Dingle. Brave New Humans: The Dirty Truth Behind the Fertility Industry. 2021. [also titled: Brave New Humans: The Dirty Reality of Donor Conception.]
Katy Faust and Stacy Manning. Them Before Us: Why We Need a Global Children's Rights Movement. 2021.
Gabrielle Glaser. American Baby: A Mother, a Child and the Shadow History of Adoption. 2021.
Henry Greely. CRISPR People: The Science and Ethics of Editing Humans. 2021.
Daniel Groll. Conceiving People: Genetic Knowledge and the Ethics of Sperm and Egg Donation. 2021.
Jen Gunter. The Menopause Manifesto: Own Your Health with Facts and Feminism. 2021.
Joyce Harper. Your Fertile Years: What You Need to Know to Make Informed Choices. 2021.
Joan Holub and Daniel Roode. This Little Rainbow: A Love-Is-Love Primer. 2021. *board book
Walter Isaacson. The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race. 2021.
Luke Jackson, Kelly Jackson, Mara Wild. Two-Week Wait: An I.V.F Story. 2021. *graphic novel
Alex Johnston. Inconceivable: My Life-Altering, Eye-Opening Journey from Infertility to Motherhood. 2021.
Bradford Kolb and Melinda Maerker. Love Comes First: Creating LGBTQ Families. 2021.
Sofi Oksanen. Dog Park: A Novel. 2021.
Trystan Reese. How We Do Family: From Adoption to Trans Pregnancy, What We Learned About Love and LGBTQ Parenthood. 2021.
Sarah Richardson. The Maternal Imprint: The Contested Science of Maternal-Fetal Effects. 2021.
Celine Revel-Dumas. GPA, le grand bluff. 2021.
Nancy Segal. Deliberately Divided: Inside the Controversial Study of Twins and Triplets Adopted Apart. 2021.
Martine Segalen and Nicole Athea. Les Marchés de la Maternité. 2021.
Shanna Swan and Stacey Colino. Count Down: How Our Modern World is Threatening Sperm Counts, Altering Male and Female Reproductive Development and Imperilling the Future of the Human Race. 2021.
Natali Valdez. Weighing the Future: Race, Science and Pregnancy Trials in the Postgenomic Era. 2021.
John Waldman. Swimming Aimlessly: One man's journey through infertility and what we can all learn from it. 2021.
Christina Weis. Surrogacy in Russia: An Ethnography of Reproductive Labour, Stratification and Migration. 2021.
Amber Winick and Michelle Millar Fisher. Designing Motherhood: Things that Make and Break Our Births. 2021.
Carl Zimmer. Life's Edge: The Search For What It Is to Be Alive. 2021.
Rene Almeling. GUYnecology: The Missing Science of Men's Reproductive Health. 2020.
Chris Barcelos. Distributing Condoms and Hope: The Racialized Politics of Youth Sexual Health. 2020.
Kevin Davies. Editing Humanity: The CRISPR Revolution and the New Era of Genome Editing. 2020.
John Hyde Evans. The Human Gene Editing Debate. 2020.
Caroline Harris, ed. M-Boldened: Menopause Conversations We All Need to Have. 2020.
Eben Kirksey. The Mutant Project: Inside the Global Race to Genetically Modify Humans. 2020.
Amy Klein. The Trying Game: Get Through Fertility Treatment and Get Pregnant Without Losing Your Mind. 2020.
Wendy Kramer. Donor Family Matters: My story of raising a profoundly gifted donor-conceived child, redefining family, and building the Donor Sibling Registry. 2020.
Sherri Martin-Baron, Raechel Johns and Emily Regan Wills, eds. What's In a Name? Perspectives from Non-biological and Non-gestational Queer Mothers. 2020.
Deborah Spar. Work Mate Marry Love: How Machines Shape Our Human Destiny. 2020.
Lucy van de Wiel. Freezing Fertility: Oocyte Cryopreservation and the Gender Politics of Aging. 2020.
Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz and Roger Highfield. The Dance of Life: The New Science of How a Single Cell Becomes a Human Being. 2020.
Kylie Baldwin. Egg Freezing, Fertility and Reproductive Choice: Negotiating Responsibility, Hope and Modern Motherhood. 2019.
Francoise Baylis. Altered Inheritance: CRISPR and the Ethics of Human Genome Editing. 2019.
Jennifer Block. Everything Below the Waist: Why Healthcare Needs a Feminist Revolution. 2019.
Emma Brockes. An Excellent Choice: Panic and Joy on My Solo Path to Motherhood. 2019.
Shoshana Ehrlich and Alesha Doan. Abortion Regret: The New Attack on Reproductive Freedom. 2019.
Emily Engel. Going it alone: A Guide for Solo Mums in the UK. 2019.
Dov Fox. Birth Rights and Wrongs: How Medicine and Technology are Remaking Reproduction and the Law. 2019.
Marna Gatlin and Carole LieberWilkins. Let's Talk About Egg Donation: Real Stories from Real People. 2019.
Simon Fishel. Breakthrough Babies: An IVF pioneer's tale of creating life against all odds. 2019.
Abbie Goldberg. Open Adoption and Diverse Families: Complex Relationships in the Digital Age. 2019.
Roger Gosden. Let There Be Life: An Intimate Portrait of Robert Edwards and His IVF Revolution. 2019.
Ronald Green and George Little, eds. Religion and Ethics in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. 2019.
Rebecca Jordan-Young and Katrina Karkazis. Testosterone: An Unauthorized Biography. 2019.
Alexandra Kimball. The Seed: Infertility is a Feminist Issue. 2019.
Charlotte Krolokke et al. The Cryopolitics of Reproduction on Ice: A New Scandinavian Ice Age. 2019.
Jennifer Lahl, Melinda Tankard Reist and Renate Klein. Broken Bonds: Surrogate Mothers Speak Out. 2019.
Margaret Marsh and Wanda Ronner. The Pursuit of Parenthood: Reproductive Technology from Test-Tube Babies to Uterus Transplants. 2019.
Jamie Metzl. Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Humanity. 2019.
Vida Panitch. "Basic Income and Intimate Labor" in The Future of Work, Technology and Basic Income. 2019.
Erik Parens and Josephine Johnston. Human Flourishing in an Age of Gene Editing. 2019.
Francesca Scala. Delivering Policy: The Contested Politics of Assisted Reproductive Technologies in Canada. 2019.
Dani Shapiro. Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love. 2019.
Catherine Waldby. The Oocyte Economy: The Changing Meaning of Human Eggs. 2019.
Kamil Baluk. All Louis' Children. 2018. *in Dutch, Czech, Slovak and Polish; forthcoming in English with this title
Rachelle Chadwick. Bodies that Birth: Vitalizing Brith Politics. 2018.
Joanna Flemons. Infertility and PTSD: The Uncharted Storm. 2018.
Vanessa Gruben, Alana Cattapan and Angela Cameron, eds. Surrogacy in Canada: Critical Perspectives in Law and Policy. 2018.
Rosanna Hertz and Margaret Nelson. Random Families: Genetic Strangers, Sperm Donor Siblings, and the Creation of New Kin. 2018.
Erin Heidt-Forsythe. Between Families and Frankenstein: The Politics of Egg Donation in the United States. 2018.
Elizabeth Katkin. Conceivability: What I Learned Exploring the Frontiers of Fertility. 2018.
Wendy Kramer. Your Family: A Donor Kid's Story. 2018.
Allison McDonald Ace, Ariel Ng Bourbonnais and Caroline Starr. Through, Not Around: Stories of Infertility and Pregnancy Loss. 2018.
Diane Tober. Romancing the Sperm: Shifting Biopolitics and the Making of Modern Families. 2018.
Dave Snow. Assisted Reproduction Policy in Canada: Framing, Federalism and Failure. 2018.
Natalie Sappleton, ed. Voluntary and Involuntary Childlessness: The Joys of Otherhood? 2018.
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It's never too early! Next year's book list is already open in draft form. If you have a book coming out before the end of 2023, or if you read a book that you think should be on next year's list, please get in touch.