Good Eggs: A Memoir (Hardcover)

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In the tradition of the acclaimed graphic memoirs Fun Home and Persepolis, Phoebe Potts’s Good Eggs is a funny, insightful, and deeply moving book about learning to appreciate what we have...even when we can’t seem to get what we want. In Good Eggs, Phoebe’s quest to conceive a baby forces her to come to terms with her lapsed Judaism, her aspirations as an artist, her neurotic family, and her depression—happily, all with the support of her true loving husband. Potts’s clever, charming, and wonderfully detailed graphic novel evokes the intimacy of Alison Bechdel and the humor of New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast.

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, the artist Jeffrey Marshall, in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

Praise For…

“Potts tackles [this] sensitive subject with honesty and humor.”
Boston Globe

“Potts’ cute, cartoon-like drawings tell the story of her quest to conceive a baby. You’ll giggle, you’ll cry, you’ll fall in love with the kooky-but-endearing characters.”
Marie Claire

“Very funny, very sad, very wise."
Anita Diamant, author of The Red Tent

Good Eggs is mostly funny and sometimes sad, but always honest, intelligent, and completely involving.”
Roz Chast

“Phoebe Potts has created a book that is soulful without being sappy, funny without being phony, and smart without being smart-ass.”
— Paul Karasik, Eisner Award-winning cartoonist

“So honest, so funny, so smart. Good Eggs is full of great lines, both written and drawn.”
— Hilary Price, creator of Rhymes with Orange

Good Eggs provides a more-than-welcome respite for individuals and couples struggling with infertility. Phoebe Potts has accomplished what I have been waiting for, for a long time—an honest, bittersweet, and wonderfully humorous look at the emotional impact of the infertility process.”
— Alice D. Domar, Ph.D, author of Conquering Infertility

“Funny! Laugh out loud! Like so many women, Phoebe Potts is having a hard time getting pregnant. But her take on it is so original, clever, and insightful that it will bring a knowing smile to anyone who’s been there—and even those who haven’t.”
— Mary Jordan, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for The Washington Post

“Nearly impossible to put down . . . . Fantastic. . . . Overwhelmingly likeable on the page, Potts tells the story of her and her husband’s frustrated efforts to have a child with equal parts comedy and pure narrative skill.”
Publishers Weekly

Good Eggs is at times hilarious, at times poignant, and always successful at conveying the many layers of coping with infertility, from how to handle friends’ pregnancies and what to share with families to how to manage depression and maintain a healthy marriage.”

“Potts’ memoir recounts her efforts to become pregnant but encompases much beyond exploring her desire for motherhood. . . . Potts delievers a highly developed revelation of the layers, beyond coping with being a parent or not, that make up her identity.

“Serious, observant, heartfelt, and hilarious. . . . Good Eggs will have special appeal for couples undergoing fertility treatments, but in 288 pages of black-and-white comic strip images, Potts takes on far more.”
Northshore Magazine

“Simply put Good Eggs is a good read. . . . [Potts] is an engaging storyteller.”
Vineyard Gazette

“[An] often hilarious, sometimes tender story. . . . [with] lively drawings and spot-on humor . . . The drawings add layers of wit and insight to Potts’ life and its tangents.”
Gloucester Times

“Like other talented women comickers who came before her . . . Potts tells her story with equal parts humor and sadness. . . . Rarely flinching and always frank, first-time graphic memoirist Potts successfully brings us into her world . . . without missing a beat. Highly recommended.”
Library Journal (starred review)
Product Details
ISBN: 9780061711466
Publisher: Harper
Publication Date: September 21st, 2010
Pages: 272
Language: English