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Waiting for Daisy: A Tale of Two Continents, Three Religions, Five Infertility Doctors, an Oscar, an Atomic Bomb, a Romantic Night, and One Woman's Quest to Become a Mother

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Waiting for Daisy is about loss, love, anger and redemption. It's about doing all the things you swore you'd never do to get something you hadn't even been sure you wanted. It's about being a woman in a confusing, contradictory time. It's about testing the limits of a loving marriage. And it's about trying (and trying and trying) to have a baby.
Orenstein's story begins wh
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Published February 6th 2007 by Bloomsbury USA
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Jun 11, 2008 Annie rated it did not like it
Peggy Orenstein paints herself in such a bad light in Waiting for Daisy that it’s next to impossible to sympathize with her predicament. And that’s too bad, because three miscarriages are a lot to suffer through. However, Orenstein paints her desire for a child not as a powerful emotional urge but as an accomplishment she can’t live without. She never once talks about wanting to be a mother, or even wanting to have a baby. She is singularly focused on getting pregnant and staying that way for as ...more
Apr 21, 2007 Jessica rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: women who might want to be mothers some day; mothers
The publication I work for has recruited Peggy Orenstein as a writer, so her publishing company sent me a copy of her newest book. I didn't know much about her, other than she wrote an article for The New York Times Magazine (is it okay for little girls to loooooove princesses, pink and glitter?) that I loved.

Now I feel like I know EVERYTHING about her. This book is a memoir of Peggy Orenstein and her devoted husband trying to get pregnant. For a year....then two....then six.

They try *everythin
Nov 30, 2007 Lain rated it liked it
I wanted to like this book more than I actually did. While Orenstein is doubtless a terrific writer, her narcissism kept me from fully sympathizing with her plight (case in point -- WHY is there not a picture of her with her little girl on the jacket cover?). As the mom of three, I never had to walk the infertility road, so I cannot identify with the lengths people go to to have of child "of their own." But to risk her marriage and her health....! The ends seemed to justify the means. I am sure ...more
Sep 25, 2009 Christina rated it liked it
I'm not sure what to say about this book. It was really interesting to read it right after reading "Finding Grace" because the two books, though about the same type of six-year struggle with infertility, had very different feels and conclusions. I was uplifted by the former and many times flabbergasted and disgusted by this one. The main difference, for me, is that the author of "Finding Grace," had an anchor of faith to rely on during her trials, while Peggy Orenstein seems to believe in everyt ...more
Jan 21, 2010 Monique rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone struggling with infertility or a friend/relative of someone who is
Wow! Just wow! If you've been through any of the experiences Peggy Orenstein has been through (and I've been through many of them) then you should read this book. It is brutally honest (which I appreciated) and unflinching. A few of her decisions might make some cringe (but not me and I had many of the same thoughts and reactions to things) but you can't fault her for her honest portrayal of the horrible roller coaster that is infertility. Also, unless you've been in the situation, it's probably ...more
Nov 11, 2014 Tori rated it it was ok
This book was hard for me to rate because while it was well written, the author is a truly terrible person. To start off with, she states that she doesn't believe that women who choose to be stay-at-home moms are feminists, which is basically like saying that you're not pro-choice if, when faced with an unplanned pregnancy, you choose to have the baby. Hate to break it to you Peggy, but feminism isn't about choosing a career over family. It's about having the freedom to make that choice for your ...more
Jul 05, 2012 Melissa rated it it was amazing
A must read for anyone who's ever experienced infertility or multiple miscarriages. I was fully expecting this book to be a difficult read because of the personal connection I have to the subject matter. I was also worried it would be 'churchy'. Instead, I was stunned by just how much I had in common with the author. I could have written the first half of the book (except for being a wildly successful author married to an Oscar winner, of course). The second half deals with things I have yet to ...more
Mar 02, 2011 Ciara rated it it was ok
i feel kind of bad criticizing this book because peggy orenstein's six-year battle against infertility sounds hellacious. & i actually do enjoy her writing style, for the most part. (some of the stuff about her visits to hiroshima to meet with bomb survivors seemed kind of like history & social commentary shoehorned into a book on a totally different topic. it was interesting & everything...but it should be it's own book.)

other reviewers have commented on how orenstein's quest to bec
Jan 25, 2011 Braden rated it liked it

I’m pretty sure I understand the genre of memoir. I understand that it is honest and raw. When it's good, it often ain't pretty.

Full disclosure: my husband and I are considering international adoption. I suspect that’s why I reacted so negatively as a reader when Orenstein described stalling an international adoption in the most passive-aggressive way possible. (Not returning the adoption agent's calls about a particular baby, then promising to get back to the woman in "a day or
May 20, 2016 Judy rated it did not like it
This book does not paint Peggy Orenstein in a flattering light. She's indecisive yet obsessive, self-centered, destructive, manipulative, and just plain icky. And then she went and bred. Oh I'll bet that kid is just one big ball of spoiled "miracle baby"-ness. Women like Peggy are why women like me can't get their tubes tied. I'm nominating her husband for sainthood though.
Sep 16, 2009 Melissa rated it really liked it
As a new mother who endured a 12 year quest for a child, I was curious to read Peggy's account.

So much of her ordeal resonated with me, except for the reluctance to adopt. The self-indulgence, self-doubt, the self-loathing, the exhaustion of the pursuit of one singular goal - it's all achingly familiar.

Major points for Orenstein's humor, honesty and unique perspective. The only critism I have (and one Peggy freely admits to) is the baby-obsession she had was tiresome for her, her husband and a
Mar 14, 2014 Francoise rated it liked it
Peggy and her husband tour the entire infertility scene in all of its promise-laden, money-raking, science-infused, spontenaity-killing wonder. Each cycle of fertility treatments leads to new mourning for what could have been (and a lot of money), mourning undoubtedly heavily spiced by the hormonal treatments that go along with fertility meddling. Peggy steadfastly recounts the all-encompassing obsession that enveloped her every waking moment for several years, during which she learns, among oth ...more
May 25, 2015 Kristin rated it liked it
I've read many memoirs over the year, and this book was fair. The author jumped around from being in San Francisco to Japan, and from infertility to WWII. The ending felt really rushed, and I was interested in hearing more about Daisy!! I also felt like I didn't get to know the author and her husband very well besides their journey towards having a child.
Patricia Knobloch
Jul 20, 2007 Patricia Knobloch added it
Recommends it for: Anyone trying to conceive
This is a great book for anyone trying to conceive but also for woman in general. I learned a lot reading this book and the book also taught me how crazy woman can be and how we really need to appreciate our husbands.
Jul 14, 2014 Emily rated it really liked it
Both a heartbreaking memoir of one who went through the unthinkable: cancer, infertility and several miscarriages, as well as a stark criticism of the fertility business and red-tape-strangled adoption.

Having gone through some of this myself, I think the author very succinctly captures the obsession and emotions surrounding repeated attempts to have a child and the effect it can have on a person and a marriage. I liked that she rejected oversimplifications and myths along the way that I'd heard
Samantha Curley-Young
This was a short, easy read about a difficult subject. Having battled 7 years of infertility and having been obsessed with getting pregnant for most of that time, there was a lot of this book that resonated with me.

I do think though that there was a lot of the heartache and trials of dealing with infertility that were glossed over to a certain degree. But again how does one put that experience into fitting words?

I am glad that I read this once my own journey with IF was long over, as I think rea
Jun 30, 2016 Heather rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010-read
I picked up this book at an impromptu book swap my book club held a couple weeks ago, and although I don't think I'm really the author's target audience, I'm avoiding the reading of another couple books I've got around the house and this one looked like a quick read. It was, indeed, and it turned out to be much more interesting than I expected.

This book is one woman's tale of her journey from being a married woman who wanted nothing to do with the having of children, to wanting to get pregnant a
Feb 24, 2009 indri rated it really liked it
Shelves: novel-abroad, a-gift
Lho.. koq blum ada yang review.. padahal kan dibagi gratis ke yang ikut Jelajah Rahasia Meedee 2..

Caara menulisnya sih biasa aja (atau terjemahannya yang ga begitu bagus), tapi ceritanya menarikk sekali..
Kisah wanita ini, seorang penulis workaholic yang tiba2 ingin punya anak di umur 36 tahun, sudah mencoba berbagai macam cara, mulai dari minum pil penyubur Clomid, minum ramuan biarawati, ikut bayi tabung, dapat donor sel telur, akupuntur, bahkan adopsi anak dari Jepang.. semuanya gagal.
Ia sanga
Dec 18, 2011 Ashley rated it liked it
A quick read that offers a glimpse into one woman's struggle with infertility and her desire to have a baby in her late 30s. Orenstein is an author, with a couple books under her belt, who was busy living her life - spending time with her husband, traveling, establishing herself as a writer, spending time with friends, etc.

Right before the couple decided to conceive, Orenstein finds out she has breast cancer, which further delays their attempts at a child. After several miscarraiges, IUI, IVF,
Jan 22, 2013 Becky rated it it was amazing
This book was transformative.

It wasn't about being in the same situation as the author (there are definitely differences between our stories), but more about feeling validated. I had so many yes moments - moments that I put down my kindle and smile because this writer got it. She understood the frustration, and the longing, and the desperation, and the sorrow of wanting to have a baby, because she had lived it.

I marked a lot of quotes from this book - but let me share with you a few of my favo
Aug 10, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I like Peggy Orenstein, and even as I bristled at some of the things that came up in this book, I liked reading it.

I say I bristled - I should say also that I realize that I have never been in this position and I can see how both the emotional toll and the societal pressures surrounding infertility and parenthood could drive someone to decisions I find....problematic from over here in the land of the fertile and comfortable. So I did my best to withhold judgement. That said, I saw what Orenstei
Apr 11, 2008 Meg rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Polished this off in a couple of hours this afternoon. I have read Peggy Orenstein before (Flux and some of her essays) and I like her voice. In some ways her struggles with infertility and international adoption are very similar to mine, in other ways very different (no two stories are ever exactly the same). Regardless, as I approach the six-year mark of trying to become a mother and feel particularly hopeless (yet again), it is nice to read a story that reminds me (regardless of how our journ ...more
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I ran across this book when I first was diagnosed with infertility last summer yet decided it wasn’t the time to read it. I am glad I waited because after 10 more months Waiting for Daisy has had a profound impact on how I view my quest for a baby. Peggy Orenstein opens her memoir Waiting for Daisy with riveting words that struck me deep inside as they anyone who is currently or has dealt with infertility. ‘I’d taken my temperature every morning. I have bee
Nov 01, 2011 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Peggy Orenstein and I would disagree on many, many things -- faith, abortion, the importance of religion, the concept of feminity, sexual ethics and reproductive technology, just to name a few. But what I really liked about this book is how her humanity breaks through so clearly as she describes her struggle to conceive. I think on one level, you could read this book as an orthodox Catholic and see it as confirming the wisdom of the Church's teachings on IVF and the like -- that it leads to the ...more
Kathleen F
Motherhood doesn't come easy for lots of women, especially those who defer the chance to have children until later in their lives. I'm on the cusp of being diagnosed "infertile," and figuring out what path to take from there--IVF, IUI, Clomid, etc. etc., or trying more natural/alternative methods,, or accepting that I won't have biological children of my own. All of it is frightening to me. And all of it is expensive.

I appreciated this book because it offered a roadmap to what my experiences mig
Betsy Dion
Feb 24, 2012 Betsy Dion rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir
At the beginning of this book, I felt frustrated with the author, and rather self-congratulatory that "I'm not as crazy as she is." As the book progressed, I was more touched by the story, because although the author does some very terrible things, she is on a journey, her suffering is real, and she is learning something.

This book is a decent introduction to the struggle of infertility for the uninitiated. The new offers of hope and the subsequent crashes of disappointment, the pushing back of b
In Waiting for Daisy, Peggy Orenstein writes a candid memoir about the struggle she had while trying to conceive. Peggy waited until her mid to late 30s to try to conceive a baby with her husband. While trying to get pregnant, Peggy found out she had breast cancer. Once she recovered from that, Peggy and her husband started trying to get pregnant again, only to experience one misfortune after the other in their quest to have a child. They had several miscarriages, sought advice from a variety of ...more
Jan 10, 2008 Bethany rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, memoir
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Jun 06, 2012 Cristina Vanalstine rated it really liked it
I am a 28 year old woman struggling with infertility. There are so many of us, all different ages, and all different stories. I often feel like there is no one that understands what I am going through or what this pain and loss feels like. This book spoke for me in so many ways. I wish everyone in my life could read this so they could understand why I am the way I am at this time. We just had our first IVF cycle fail and I guess we are going to ride that roller coaster again. Exactly how Peggy d ...more
Feb 21, 2008 Kory rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Why does this woman bug the crap out of me? I really have no legitimate reason to hate this author like I do, but I have to say that from the early pages of the book she rubbed me the wrong way. I think that you have to make a call at some point if you are going to write a book about your struggle with infertility as to what your point is. I felt like I was reading a book written by a schizophrenic. She started the book discussing how she never really wanted children and still didn't know if she ...more
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Peggy Orenstein is the author, most recently, of Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture. Her previous books include The New York Times best-selling memoir, Waiting for Daisy; Flux: Women on Sex, Work, Kids, Love and Life in a Half-Changed World; and the best-selling SchoolGirls: Young Women, Self-Esteem and the Confidence Gap. A contributing writ ...more
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