Good Eggs: A Memoir

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In the tradition of the acclaimed graphic memoirs Fun Home and Persepolis comes a funny, insightful, and deeply moving book about learning to appreciate what we have when we can't seem to get what we want.

For Phoebe Potts, the path to maternal fulfillment has not been easy. All her friends seem to get pregnant, but she can't conceive for all her trying. As Phoebe and her husband, Jeff, navigate the emotionally and physically fraught world of fertility experts, she takes stock...

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Overview

In the tradition of the acclaimed graphic memoirs Fun Home and Persepolis comes a funny, insightful, and deeply moving book about learning to appreciate what we have when we can't seem to get what we want.

For Phoebe Potts, the path to maternal fulfillment has not been easy. All her friends seem to get pregnant, but she can't conceive for all her trying. As Phoebe and her husband, Jeff, navigate the emotionally and physically fraught world of fertility experts, she takes stock of what matters in the rest of her life and reflects on the winding journey to her true calling as an artist. From her days as an amateur union organizer in Texas to her spiral into paralyzing depression in Mexico; from her soul-shrinking, all-for-the-benefits stint as an administrative assistant at a fancy university in Cambridge to her flirtation with rabbinical school, Phoebe illuminates the bumpy road to vocational and personal contentment. Her wonderful, hilarious, and utterly original drawings capture the truly good eggs—an unforgettably nutty mother; a devoted husband; a team of therapists, hairdressers, and landladies; friends; and a sidekick housecat—that together expand the definition of what really makes a family.

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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.)
Library Journal
Potts and her husband are trying to conceive a baby, but it isn't easy. Doctors, family members, pets, and insurance reps all get involved in their quest for parenthood, which she intercuts story-wise with flashbacks about organizing uncooperative union workers, considering becoming a rabbi, and suffering crippling depression at her parents' home. Although basically a tale of frustration and sadness, Potts's account incorporates plentiful humor and quirky life detail into an enjoyable and deeply human memoir. For adult collections.

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Library Journal
Potts and her husband, Jeff, want to have children, but the path to parenthood proves difficult and at times heartbreaking. Like other talented women comickers who came before her (see Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis and Alison Bechdel's Fun Home for just comparisons), Potts tells her story with equal parts humor and sadness. And while the book's chief narrative revolves around the couple's efforts to have a child, Potts peppers her account with tales of her time organizing unions in Texas, her once-crippling depression, her attempt at becoming a rabbi, and her somewhat complicated and often-hilarious relationship with her mother.Verdict Rarely flinching and always frank, first-time graphic memoirist Potts successfully brings us into her world of fertility treatments, mental illness, workers' unions, and Jewish Christmas without missing a beat. Highly recommended for readers (men and women) who have journeyed down a tough road, or want to read about someone who has. [Rebecca Vnuk highlighted Good Eggs as a "Dusty Book" last year in LJ's Shelf Renewal blog.—Ed.]—Beth Nerbonne, Rochester P.L., NH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061711473
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/3/2012
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet 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, the artist Jeffrey Marshall, in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

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    Posted April 8, 2012

    A kit

    Sticks the egg in her mouth

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