The cover article in today's New York Times Magazine ("Wanted: A Few Good Sperm") is by Jennifer Egan. Click over to the article if the subject interests you: "Tired of waiting for the right guy to come along, more and more women are just looking for the right sperm. But for a woman trying to have a child alone, choosing a donor is only the beginning."
I mention the article only because its author, Jennifer Egan, wrote one of my favorite novels of 2001, Look at Me. Rather than rely on my sketchy memory about the novel's particulars, I'll point you to the review in the New York Times, this listing which includes a synopsis and snippets of praise from many reviews, and Egan's personal website (where you can find an excerpt from the novel).
I highly recommend Look at Me and eagerly await Egan's new novel, The Keep, which is due out in August.
If Egan's article about the quest for conception interests you, be sure to check out "The Ethicist" column in the Magazine. Randy Cohen, who writes the column, recently made an appearance in this blog; click here to read the post.