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Over Easy Hardcover – April 15, 2014
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“A sublimely evocative depiction of California in the 70s.” ―Guardian Best Graphic Novels of 2014
“For lovers of tawdry tales from the '70s, told with smarts and sensitivity, Over Easy is a gold mine.” ―Los Angeles Times
“This graphic memoir captures the funky ethos of the time, when hippies, punks and disco aficionados mingled in a Bay Area at the height of its eccentricity...Theres an intoxicating esprit de corps to a well-run everyday joint like the Imperial Cafe and never has the delight in being part of it been more winningly portrayed.” ―Salon.com Ten Spectacular Graphic Novels from 2014
“Her lines are unpretentious and airy, and her people aren't overwhelmed by their affectations; Pond can capture facial expressions with a line or two.” ―NPR
“Pond's fantastic new graphic memoir, Over Easy, tells the colorful story of her years employed at a restaurant in Oakland.” ―USA Today Pop Candy
“Surprisingly tender.” ―Entertainment Weekly
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Mimi Pond, who blends prose in the vein of Tom Wolfe, Hunter S. Thompson and even de Tocqueville at times with graphics in the vein of Roz Chast and R. Crumb, tells a broad array of stories through Margaret/Madge's experiences. At the forefront is her coming of age tale, but we also get ancillary commentary on race relations, gender identity, the sexual revolution, female empowerment, the celebration of coming out, even the emergence of the foodie movement and coffee snobbery!
Early in the story, Margaret marvels at the broad and adventurous variety of omelet fillings offered by the Imperial Cafe. It makes for a nice metaphor because Over Easy is exactly that - a tantalizing offering packed with a variety of ingredients that blend surprisingly well and leave you incredibly satisfied at the end. Anyone who even has vague remembrances of this gritty little slice of time (whether that's due to youth or "other factors"), will enjoy this book immensely.
My 'Aurora Smorgasbord' hostessing days, my 'Burger Mountain Soda Fountain' bricking the grill and frozen fingered ice cream serving days, (Old Houston Oilers fans will remember the quarterback Dan Pastoreni and his foray into food-ball) Breakfast waitress at the Boise Holiday Inn, and on and on...for me, this book is a delight beyond measure, because, somehow, the telling of the adventures, makes me painfully and hypnotically aware that its a miracle some of us made it out alive. (Spoiler alert: ) The witty banter, the music, the drugs, the customers, the underlying art in the blood, the growing pains, the sex....the freak show and all the love.....I mean it is great to be a grown up. This is a book for grown ups , God Bless our Little Hearts and Katy Bar the door.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
1. Over Easy is a graphic novel/comic by Mimi Pond. It tells the story of Margaret (Madge), an art student who can't afford to finish school so she gets a job at the Imperial... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Marian Elizabeth
Royal cafe description and graphics are exactly as I remember . I also remember Mimi and still have a drawing she drew of me sitting at the counter.
Fantastic. Rich, funny, honest, with incredibly accurate regional details (I'm a bay area native). Have been raving about it to friends.Published 11 months ago by Woffles McGillicuddy
Mimi is undeniably a massive influence for cartoonists everywhere. An intimate look at her early formative young adult years...funny, heartfelt and a must for your library!!!!Published 12 months ago by patty
Maybe because I was raised on the underground comix of the 1970's, or because I've been a waitress; I just didn't find enough to really care about. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Robin S.
Mimi Pond is a raconteur, and reading this book you feel like a good friend is sitting in a bar with you, talking only to you, telling you this funny, heartfelt story of a made-up... Read morePublished 15 months ago by joe ollmann
I thoroughly enjoyed the mix of characters. It was a bit of a walk down memory lane for me.Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer