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Calling Dr. Laura: A Graphic Memoir Paperback – January 22, 2013
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"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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The artwork is interesting. I think you'll either love it or hate it, but it is in line with the tone of the book, so it's fitting.
The book also tackles a ton of topics and ends up bringing them all together well. I don't think I've seen a book coagulate this many themes in a cohesive way before. At the end of the book, I was very impressed.
I also felt that I got to know a real person pretty well by reading this book, which is something that a lot of books don't do.
+Interesting, gritty, engaging story
+Very honest viewpoint. I don't know if the author was brutally honest, but the book certainly feels like it.
+Covers many ages or Nichole, from when she was a kid to probably a few years ago
+Takes place in Portland, and she's vegan, so if you're a fan of all things Portland, then get this book.
-Artwork is kind of surreal, but you might like it
-If you're looking for light, happy reading, this isn't it
Calling Dr Laura is the raw and honest memoir of graphic artist Nicole J. Georges from her childhood to this day and her life in Portland Oregon. The novel focuses on her search for her natural father, her coming out of the closet as a queer, and the process of finding who she is as person. The book has a good deal of her childhood memories and family related issues, which are not adorned or sweetened, but presented in a very naive straight forward way. She could have demonized her mother for the whole story related to her natural father, but she does not so; she does not hide anything bad about her life, experiences or people she comes across, but she does not judge them and focus more on how she felt or feels. How difficult to do and how well done! The narrative alternates the present with episodes of her childhood. The parts about her childhood are really wonderful but also a bit sad.
The reading is very engaging. That is so because the book is well paced regarding the subjects presented and how they are presented, the U-turns that the author makes but still coming back to the main road, so to speak. The story is never bland or boring. Although the mystery in the novel is resolved in the epilogue, it lingers throughout the book without being overpowering.
I truly liked Georges' style and versatility. She uses different graphic languages and fonts to convey meaning and create atmosphere. Although most of the book is set in interiors, I loved her drawings of road and urban landscapes. The drawings of her childhood episodes, which are very simple and child-like, are just adorable, and very different from the more elaborate and arty drawing for the narration of Nicole's present.Read more ›
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incredibly awesome!! i cried at the end. which i have never done before while reading comics/graphic novels. highly recommended for intelligent, quirky people. LOVE!!!Published 7 months ago by Polly Davis
I loved this book. Laughed and cried. I hope to read more of this brilliant writer and artist's material in the future. A sequel would be divine!Published 7 months ago by Lise Marie Liddell
Beautiful images, didn't think the story was as concentrated as I'd have liked. They were good on their own, but muddled together.
Love to support LGBT artists. :)
i guess it was ok. it was confusing to tell the truth. i couldnt tell who was talking a lot of the time. Read morePublished 10 months ago by E. Vagedes
I really enjoyed the esthetic of this book. The author is a very talented illustrator. I liked the settings and even the characters. But I was disappointed by the story. Read morePublished 12 months ago by booger
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This being a non-fiction graphic novel about the author's life I found a lot in... Read more
Great book, very engrossing story. I loved the images Nicole used to illustrate her tumultuous upbringing and the ways she learned to cope. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Andie Ryan
I really loved this book, which is not at all surprising since graphic memoirs are my favorite type of book currently. However, Nicole J. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Angela M