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Good Eggs: A Memoir Hardcover – September 21, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; First Edition edition (September 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061711462
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061711466
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,568,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

First-time graphic novel creator Potts offers readers a sprawling and lovable memoir about her and her husband's attempts to become parents. Documenting travails with insurance companies, doctors, family members, and her own body, she shows us the down and dirty details with warmth and humor. While the quest for parenthood structures the book, Potts makes plenty of detours into her past with tales of organizing uncooperative union workers in Texas; learning Spanish and trying her darndest to mix with workers in Mexico; experiencing paralyzing depression back at her parents' home in Martha's Vineyard. Potts also writes about her discovery and exploration of her faith. At one point, considering becoming a rabbi, she visits several rabbis; the encounters are funny and poignant and help her along the path of figuring out what truly matters to her. The loopy minutiae of her drawings, in which bodily functions are helpfully anthropomorphized, household pets project personalities as strong as those of the humans around them, and characters crowd the pages in a friendly cacophony of stories, is equally absorbing. Good Eggs joins other graphic novel memoirs about women's lives, like Persepolis and Carol Tyler's You'll Never Know; a wonderfully told and deeply human story. (Oct.) (c)
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From Booklist

Potts’ memoir recounts her efforts to become pregnant but encompasses much beyond exploring her desire for motherhood; clinical depression, religious affiliation, social class, family ties, work experience, travel, and even how she sees pets all inform her being. In addition to explaining different treatments, Potts shows the human side of using them, ranging from the disconcerting casualness of one doctor and the waiting-room dynamics in another clinic. What is basically a story of frustration and sadness at Phoebe and her husband Jeff’s inability to get pregnant is leavened throughout by sly and compelling humor. In many panels, drawn with wonderful detail, Potts juxtaposes characters’ true thoughts with their spoken words, allowing a genuine inside look at how a woman feels the need to protect herself from her mother’s passive-aggressive gushing as well as what a friendly dog might have on his mind when greeting a visitor. Potts delivers a highly developed revelation of the layers, beyond coping with being a parent or not, that make up her identity. --Francisca Goldsmith

More About the Author

Phoebe Potts grew up in Brooklyn and then on Martha's Vineyard. A graduate of Smith College, she received her MFA from the Maine College of Art in Portland. She lives with her husband, artist Jeffrey Marshall, in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

Customer Reviews

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I was up until 2:30 AM reading this PAGE TURNER OF A BOOK!
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It is touching, funny, insightful and painfully honest.
Anita and Fred Hotchkiss

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By M. Potts on September 21, 2010
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I laughed out loud until I remembered it wasn't someone else's daughter....You should buy this book....never mind how I'm feeling"

Phoebe's Mother
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By silver medal on September 22, 2010
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Read this book on a friends recommendation. What a great story. Very funny, happy, sad and insightful. The artwork works hand in hand with the words. This book is like a wonderful trip to a shop you love but never get to visit often enough. I especially recommend it to women.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mark S. Konecky on September 21, 2010
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This is one of the funniest books I have ever read. I loved it in the same way I have loved all the great comic series, from Peanuts to Doonsbury. Potts' voice is wise and insightful. Her drawings are irresistible. She is particularly funny about her life as a young union organizer and her early visits to various shrinks. This is a must-read for Everyone!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mary Kenny on October 9, 2010
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This book is incredibly smart and wicked(ly) funny. I highly recommend it - even if you are not drawn immediately to the subject matter. And they are some doozies. Infertility! Depression! Religion! Phoebe Potts shares these weighty private matters with us in a voice full of integrity and courage and just the right amount of irreverance. The main thing I really love is that throughout the book, she never misses a chance to challenge stereotypes - often with a silly and painfully honest humor that reminds me of two of my all time favorite cultural commentators - Dave Chappelle and Howard Stern. Another thing I really enjoyed is that the drawing is never an afterthought (as it can be in some graphic novels). The images are hugely important to the story. For example, in the world of "Good Eggs", the family pet puts in his two cents, hairstyles can reveal a character's inner state, and buildings talk through their signage. It's as if these normally silent things, ( a cat, a do, architecture) are revealing a truth that people cannot voice. In one of my favorite panels, the Boston Herald headlines cut to the chase shouting "We are all going to die!" Oh, and this book is definately one you should own. It is so densely packed that it bears multiple readings. Each page, each panel is chock-full of humor and humanity and...I don't say this lightly... hope.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anita and Fred Hotchkiss on September 27, 2010
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This book is brilliant. It is touching, funny, insightful and painfully honest. The great relationship between Phoebe and her husband Jeff which runs right through the book is expressed in words and drawings and is inspiring. We found ourselves leafing back to take in all details of each drawing, from expressions on the faces of people and animals, the little angels and including the sperm and eggs. She is equally brilliant in her use of words. In discussing her experience in art school she says: "every brush-stroke got so heavy-carrying the whole history of art & criticism on it". The author is painfully honest about the ups and downs of her life. You laugh and cry with her and above all you are inspired by how she comes through it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By NYTbookreviewer on September 21, 2010
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This graphically dense yet deliciously accessible, intimate first-person account of infertility feels like a slice of contemporary American misadventures. It is impossible to deduce which of the author's talents shines the brightest -- the drawings are not just charming, they are somehow classic, reminiscent of Schultz, Chast, Thurber, Jaffee, Barry, and Crumb, to name a few; the writing is richly poignant, yet lol funny. Potts is a super nova -- get this book and watch for the next!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By B. Naparstek on October 7, 2010
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This is a brilliantly rendered graphic memoir - a book that's insightful and clear in the way it identifies and normalizes all the roller coaster crap that people go through with fertility challenges. And it does this with humor, grace, spot-on emotional honesty, ingenious art work, and not a drop of cheesy sentiment!

A lot of people who've lived this struggle will take comfort and insight from this marvelous book, but it will also appeal to anyone who's ever lived a life. The way Ms. Potts mixes timeless truths about the human condition with the freshest of contemporary wit is just a delight.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dodd J Corby on October 11, 2010
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This is one of the most generous books I've ever read! Potts delivers- the detail in every drawing is pure joy and her honesty is pure bittersweet. Her timing is impeccable- just like a good stand-up comedian.

I love that this book is about so many things and what I am taking away from it is how you learn to love yourself through thick and thin.

This book is one to keep and read over and over again!
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