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Good Eggs: A Memoir Hardcover – September 21, 2010

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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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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
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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: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #412,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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"

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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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I am very excited about this book, but this really should not be sold in Kindle format. The actual text/images are very small and do not take the full screen. And if you are reading on a Mac, there is no way to zoom in. This makes this work illegible.
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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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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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I bought this in Kindle format because I prefer to take things on the go and have Kindle available on my iPad. I figured reading illustrations would be no problem. Zooming is terrible though in most kindle apps and you have to zoom out before you can page on. A really unnatural way to read. The illustrations here are great - but it was so hard to appreciate them.

The story itself is good and I appreciate Pott's work.
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I can't believe I got this for a dollar. I would've paid more. I love the length particularly for a graphic novel. The story was good. The characters were real and likable. Phoebe touched on so many different issues that this memoir is relateable to most everyone, certainly not just people going through fertility issues. I'm not and I loved it. I like that it is geared towards adults. It takes a lot of weeding to find a good graphic novel that hits the interest of adult women.
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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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