"Pandora's Baby: How the First Test Tube Babies Sparked the Reproductive Revolution" and other books worth checking out

Book club

To ease our way out of the winter break, here are some new titles and old faithfuls, for those of you who just can't get enough of the world of assisted reproduction.


Dani Shapiro. Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love. 2019

Francesca Scala. Delivering Policy: The Contested Politics of Assisted Reproductive Technologies in Canada. 2019. 

Diane Tober. Romancing the Sperm: Shifting Biopolitics and the Making of Modern Families. 2018.

Vanessa Gruben, Alana Cattapan and Angela Cameron, eds. Surrogacy in Canada: Critical Perspectives in Law and Policy. 2018. 

Dave Snow. Assisted Reproduction Policy in Canada: Framing, Federalism and Failure. 2018.

Wendy Kramer. Your Family: A Donor Kid's Story. 2018.


Sarah Kowalski. Motherhood Reimagined: When Becoming a Mother Doesn't Go as Planned. 2017.

Monique Deveaux and Vida Panitch, eds. Exploitation: From Practice to Theory. 2017.

Alana Newman, ed. Anonymous Us, Vol II. 2016.

Erin Nelson. Law, Policy and Reproductive Autonomy. 2014.

Francoise Baylis and Carolyn McLeod, eds. Family-Making: Contemporary Ethical Challenges. 2014.

Stephanie Paterson, Francesca Scala, and Marlene K Sokolon. Fertile Ground: Exploring Reproduction in Canada. 2014.

Rene Almeling. Sex Cells: The Medical Market for Eggs and Sperm. 2011. 

Jacquelyne Luce. Beyond Expectation: Lesbian/Bi/Queer Women and Assisted Conception. 2010. 

Liza Mundy. Everything Conceivable: How Assisted Reproduction is Changing Men, Women and the World. 2007.

Laura Mamo. Queering Reproduction: Achieving Pregnancy in the Age of Technoscience. 2007.

Debora L. Spar. The Baby Business: How Money, Science, and Politics Drive the Commerce of Conception. 2006. 

Diane Ehrensaft. Mommies, Daddies, Donors, Surrogates: Answering Tough Questions and Building Strong Families. 2005.

Oldies but goodies

Mikki Morrissette. Choosing Single Motherhood: The Thinking Woman's Guide. 2005.

Robin Marantz Henig. Pandora's Baby: How the First Test Tube Babies Sparked the Reproductive Revolution. 2004.  

Judith Daniluk. The Infertility Survival Guide: Everything You Need to Know to Cope with the Challenges while Maintaining Your Sanity, Dignity, and Relationships. 2001. 

Sarah Franklin. Embodied Progress: A Cultural Account of Assisted Conception. 1997.

Margaret Jane Radin. Contested Commodities: The Trouble with Trade in Sex, Children, Body Parts and Other Things. 1996.

Patricia Irwin Johnston. Taking Charge of Infertility. 1995. 

Gwynne Basen, Margrit Eichler, and Abby Lippman, eds. Misconceptions: The Social Construction of Choice and the New Reproductive and Genetic Technologies. 1993. 

Jan Rehner. Infertility: Old Myths, New Meanings. 1991.

Renate D Klein. Infertility: Women Speak Out About Their Experiences of Reproductive Medicine. 1989.

I am certain I missed many fine titles and I apologize for the omissions.


Reminder: the deadline for submitting comments to Health Canada on the proposed new regulations to the Assisted Human Reproduction Act is January 10 -- Thursday. 

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