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Calling Dr. Laura
Calling Dr. Laura: A Graphic Memoir | Nicole J. Georges
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When Nicole Georgeswas two years old, her mother told her that her father wasdead. When she was twenty-three, a psychic told her he was alive.Her half-sister, saddled with guilt, admitsthat the psychic is right and that the whole family has conspired to keep him a secret.Sent into a tailspin about her identity, Nicole turns to radiotalk-show host Dr. Laura Schlessinger for advice. Packedcover-to-coverwith heartfeltand disarming black-and-white illustrations, Calling Dr. Lauratells the story of what happens to you when you are raised in a family of secrets, and what happens to your brain (and heart) when you learn the truth from an unlikely source.Part coming-of-age and part coming-out story, Calling Dr. Lauramarks the arrival ofanexciting andwinning new voice in graphic literature.
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vivastory
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I really enjoyed this under the radar graphic memoir about what happens when Georges is informed during a palm reading that her biological father is alive, despite believing he'd passed away from colon cancer while still an infant. The b&w art is crisp & works for the narrative, with some occasionally impressive full page pieces. Full of humor & complicated family dynamic. Recommended for graphic memoir readers & for great sense of place.

Megabooks So glad you liked this too. 10mo
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Megabooks
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This is a book about a family secret, but it‘s also about a dysfunctional relationship with her mom (inset #relatable) and how difficulty coming out can affect a queer relationship. It captures a particular moment in time when call in talk radio shows were popular, Dr. Laura, Loveline, etc.

Nicole was told all her life that her father had died when she was a baby. This book shows the slow, seeping fallout when she finds out that‘s a lie.

Cinfhen That cover is fabulous ❤️great review and wonderful choice for #HiddenGem 🙌🏻 12mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen thanks friend! Sorry if I‘ve been crabby lately. Things are hard around here. See my comment to Barbara under 12mo
Reviewsbylola This cover! 😍 12mo
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola this was fantastic. I was so impressed with the artwork and storytelling. Glad Amazon‘s algorithm sent me this gem! 12mo
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cathipink
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This was a great snapshot into Nicole's life, and one family thread in particular.

I've really enjoyed graphic novel memoirs - would love any recs people have to share (I've read a few Lucy Knisleys - not for me, Mimi Pond - love, Good Talk by Mira Jacob- love). What are some of your favorite graphic novels?

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shrewandsnail
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I follow Nicole Georges on IG and she's very adorable. I found myself in the Salt Lake City library on an afternoon and chose this book from their graphic novel shelves. It's very cute and makes me think cartooning is probably a good way to cope with the past. I loved the story and all the little side stories.

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charl08
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Loved this graphic memoir: honest look at family dysfunction.

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diovival
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#TBRtemptation courtesy of my friend Paige. She would love to be on Litsy but can't because her Windows phone doesn't want her to be great.

saresmoore I‘m mad at different OS app platforms. Why can‘t apps (& ebooks) be universal?! Because money. And maybe also lots of technological nuance that I won‘t even pretend to have the first clue about... 😬 4y
RealLifeReading Love the illustrations! 4y
rubyslippersreads ❤️❤️❤️ that cover! 🐔 4y
diovival @saresmoore Me too! I totally support her decision to dump Windows. 👏🏾 4y
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Gnora
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What do a cartoonist, psychics, chickens, and right-wing conservative talk show hosts all have in common? They are all pieces to the puzzle in the life of Nicole J. Georges. Having been misled about her father for her entire childhood, Nick tries to uncover the truth that would rather stay buried. Stunningly illustrated, this graphic memoir hits home in so many beautiful and heartbreaking ways. #24in48 #graphics #nonfiction

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Gnora
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Dr. Laura in the car was my childhood as well. It's weirdly comforting to have someone else in the world share my strange mix of fascination and revulsion for the woman. #24in48

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Gnora
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Got a stack of graphic biographies and I'm ready to roll! 😎 #24in48 #litsyloveslibraries #graphics #nonfiction

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Lacythebookworm
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The deal I've struck with myself this Friday morning - If I grade the stack of research papers, then I get to read a graphic novel. 📚😝

Bambolina_81 Whatever it takes to get through marking...I'm impressed it doesn't involve alcohol (that usually gets me through - as well as the book of course) 😂 5y
Literaryunicorn Book rewards are the best rewards. 5y
Lacythebookworm @Bambolina_81 So true! I was at work so the book reward was all I had on offer 😊 5y
Lacythebookworm @Literaryunicorn Indeed! I'm afraid I may reward myself too often, though 😏😂 5y
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KtShpd
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Reading in bed, sharing a pillow

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Betty
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@skrishna I got several books on I.L.L. from the library from your list. This one is great; enjoyed Embroideries too. Thanks for making out the list!

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skrishna
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One of the ways I protested this inauguration is writing this list of graphic memoirs and novels that celebrates how women are alike and how we are different. https://www.bustle.com/p/11-graphic-novels-that-celebrate-women-to-read-ahead-of...

BookishMarginalia 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 5y
Karen_V 👍👍👍 5y
TriniCapini Thank you!! I spend Februarys reading comics and have been trying to make my list for next month. I've read several of these but added a number to my list! 5y
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Chessa Yay! Thank you! ❤️❤️❤️ 5y
Betty Thanks! Saving this list to make ILL requests at the library 5y
melbeautyandbooks 👏🏻 5y
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Gleefulreader
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Isn't this the truth sometimes?

britt_brooke Absolutely! 5y
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Jokila
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"I covered up my wound so that Radar would think animals liked me."

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mhippo
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Mehso-so

I'm a little conflicted- this seems to embody the DIY, indie style Georges immersed herself in when she moved to PDX, and her reflections are brave and genuine. On the other hand, it feels unfinished at times and story elements like the Dr. Laura connection are almost forced.

mhippo Maybe I'm comparing it too much to Bechdel's writing on similar themes (family secrets and fractured relationships with parents) which are gutting and intricate... 6y
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selectivesnake
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Fantastic graphic memoir. A look at childhood, family, relationships, lies, secrets, and forgiveness. The ending was a bit tragic, but hopeful as well. One of my new favorites.

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selectivesnake

1/3 through this. Graphic memoir about a woman who goes to a palm reader & she tells her that the man she thought was her father is not. Nicole thought her father had died when she was young, now she's questioning if that was actually the truth.

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selectivesnake
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Constantly in a graphic novel mood.