Book Review: Good Eggs: A Memoir by Phoebe Potts

14 Jan

Good Eggs: A Memoir by Phoebe Potts was what every graphic novel memoir should aspire to be: touching and poignant and funny, sad and hopeful, with a truth all its own, with a voice that takes as much from the visual aspect of the drawing on the page as from the writing itself.

Potts’ book might have been called Infertility: A Love Story, not because there’s anything to love about infertility and not because Potts loves the numerous painful processes she and her husband endure for many months, but because she tells her story with love. In showing the reader her desire to be a mother, she shows also the underbelly of being in a family, the difficulties of growing up and finding one’s calling in life, the complicated road toward faith (in Potts’ case, Judaism), and of the myriad ways that we disappoint ourselves and others. Her honesty, rendered openly in her drawings, reveal a tender soul, a loving person, and most heartbreaking, someone who would make a great mother.

Recommended for fans of Fun Home by Alison Bechdel or Blankets by Craig Thompson, for anyone who likes an intimate view of another person’s “normal” life, for women struggling to get pregnant (or in pain over simply not being pregnant, capabilities aside).

Potts’ book is beautiful. Good Eggs is, very simply, a good egg.

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This book was published by Harper Collins in 2010. For more information, visit the author’s website. For a cool sneak-peek slide show of the inside of the book, stop by the Huffington Post. If you’d like to purchase this book from an independent bookstore and support me as an IndieBound affiliate by sending a few eggs my way, by all means, do so. As always, happy reading.

FTC Disclosure: This review was based on my own copy of this book.

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4 Responses to “Book Review: Good Eggs: A Memoir by Phoebe Potts”

  1. fghart January 15, 2011 at 7:38 am #

    I’m intrigued. What entices me is sneaking a peek into the hearts and minds of others. It sounds like Good Eggs offers that and does it well.

    • Sarah January 15, 2011 at 11:00 am #

      Fran, Potts is *so* honest. She reveals all the pain. She doesn’t sugarcoat any part of her life that’s difficult, even the parts that don’t have anything to do with her infertility.

      She also makes a really interesting journey back to her Jewish roots. She develops a whole new relationships with her religion, kind of as a side effect to what’s happening (or, more accurately, not happening) with her quest for motherhood.

      Beyond that, she just seems like a nice person, someone even *I* would like to meet her face to face. I hope she writes another book.

  2. Camille January 20, 2011 at 8:17 am #

    I want to read this, partly because she was nice enough to email you to thank you for this review.

    • Sarah January 20, 2011 at 7:47 pm #

      Oh, I know! She was great, wasn’t she?

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