Choosing You

Deciding to Have a Baby on My Own


By Alexandra Soiseth

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Choosing You is the deeply honest memoir of one woman’s decision to brave pregnancy and motherhood alone.

All her adult life, Alexandra Soiseth has wanted a husband, children, dogs and cats — a busy, loving, home. But at thirty-nine, with no husband on the horizon, she decides to take matters into her own hands.

She googles for sperm.

Choosing You is Alexandra’s memoir. With humor and heart, she shares the often gut-wrenching reality she faces in having a baby on her own: a mother and father who disapprove, friends who think she’s crazy, a society that thinks she’s selfish. But it is her struggle with weight and self image, possible infertility, and the terror of bringing a child into this world without a father that almost stops her from getting what she wants most — a family.

Alexandra’s story shows us all that with a little guts, a lot of love, and the internet, almost anything is possible.

On Sale
Apr 29, 2008
Page Count
250 pages
Seal Press

Alexandra Soiseth

About the Author

Alexandra Soiseth earned her BA from the University of Saskatchewan, her BAA in Journalism from Ryerson University, and her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. She is the Assistant Director of the MFA Writing Program at Sarah Lawrence, where she also teaches. She is a recipient of a Canada Council grant and an Ontario Arts Council grant. She is the former managing editor and communications director for Global City Review, a New York City-based literary magazine, and her stories have appeared in McGill Street Magazine, The Ryersonian, and LifeRattle among others. She has a piece forthcoming on and, and the essay “Plan B” is currently posted and being promoted on She writes a weekly column in the Community Journals section of

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