Alison Bechdel’s Are You My Mother? (2012) explored a lesbian cartoonist’s relationship with her mother, both in the past and in the present. Georges’ memoir may be broadly categorized as examining similar ground in the same format, but here the memories, the mother, and the cartoonist herself bring very different details to the work, and thus provide a very different tale. Georges’ quirky, big-faced, and evocative drawings, tempered by a variety of panel sizes, show the bespectacled author as she comes to terms with her mother’s lies to her as a child about her father being dead; her girlfriend’s impatience with the adult Georges’ tolerance for her mother’s intolerance; the clutch of dogs (and a chicken or three) and the stuffed animals who safeguard Georges’ sense of security in both youth and young adulthood; and the attraction Dr. Laura Schlessinger offers in her pat, specific directions for relief from the discomforts of uncertainty. An excellent graphic memoir offering engaging insights for those who share—or don’t share—any of Georges’ worries and traits. --Francisca Goldsmith
"Honest and charming...[Georges] makes her debut as a developed and skilled storyteller."
-Cleveland Plain Dealer
"A bracing debut from a promising graphic novelist that deals with abuse, forgiveness, and family secrets."
"There's a depth to Georges' work...an intense interest in finding out not just who she is but what it means and why it matters."
A "tart, honest graphic memoir."
"A tragicomic graphic memoir with a stunning indie aesthetic."
“An engrossing, lovable, smart and ultimately poignant trip through a harrowing emotional bottleneck in family life. It's great art, great writing, a great story – I can't wait for what's next from Nicole. What a wonderful book.”
"Engaging...incisive...The author approaches [her story] with the tenacity of a detective."
"Nicole Georges spins a riveting family mystery. There's a powerful chemistry going on between her delicate drawings and the probing honesty of her investigations. CALLING DR. LAURA is disarming and haunting, hip and sweet, all at once."
"I wouldn't want to live in a world without Nicole! And now no one has to! This book is a charming little gem. An honest glimpse into the life of a self-employed, smart and witty Portland femme gay with an upbringing so weird it's normal."
"Anyone who knows Portland, OR. will know Nicole J. Georges, the witty girl with the cat glasses and a devoted following for her talents as an illustrator and zinester . . . Whatever the results, one can bet that this new work from Georges will be a good time."
-Lambda Literary, "Five New Queer Voices to Watch Out For"
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