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Review: Calling Dr. Laura

August 4, 2013

Calling Dr. Laura

When her girlfriend gave Nicole Georges a palm reading for her birthday, the psychic told her she should talk to her father more.  She informed her that her father is dead and the psychic replied,

“Maybe the man you think is your father is dead . . . but your real father is very much alive.”

Nicole couldn’t get it out of her mind because she’d always felt adopted and suspected something in her background wasn’t quite right.  When she tried to ask her family about it, everyone evaded her questions.  In the meantime, Nicole’s relationship with her girlfriend became strained so she suspected she was being cheated on.

Through the years one of Nicole’s guilty pleasures was listening to the Dr. Laura radio show so she decided to call her for advice.  She followed her advice but didn’t get the outcome she hoped for.

Nicole J. Georges reconstructs her childhood in her graphic memoir Calling Dr. Laura.  She discovers that her childhood was built on half truths and lies – her family certainly put the fun in dysfunctional.  It seemed to me Georges’ mother has some problems of her own that were never addressed in the book.

I enjoyed Georges’ artwork – I think she renders people and animals very well – and was horrified by her story.  I cannot imagine why her mother chose to do some of the things she did.  I enjoyed Calling Dr. Laura but don’t think I’d say I loved it.  The narrative jumps back and forth between the past and the present and I found the transitions to be jarring most of the time.  Still, if you enjoy graphic memoirs, you may want to check this one out.

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25 Comments leave one →
  1. August 4, 2013 7:08 am

    Thanks for your review. I like your term “fun in dysfunctional”!

  2. August 4, 2013 7:28 am

    This sounds really interesting to me! I want to know how it turned out! :–)

  3. August 4, 2013 8:38 am

    I think the story could have been amazing with a sentence like that. That alone is a story.

  4. Jennifer @ The Relentless Reader permalink
    August 4, 2013 9:52 am

    I’m always on the hunt for a new graphic novel, this one sounds quite good to me.

  5. Patty permalink
    August 4, 2013 10:32 am

    I don’t think I enjoy graphic anything!

  6. August 4, 2013 10:52 am

    I have seen this one around a lot. I typically enjoy graphic memoirs a lot so I may check this one out.

  7. August 4, 2013 12:17 pm

    I’ve been craving a good graphic novel or memoir lately… this might be it!

  8. August 4, 2013 12:52 pm

    This sounds very different from anything I’ve ever read — but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It sounds like it’s worth a look.

  9. August 4, 2013 12:57 pm

    Oh, my – what the psychic told her. That would really mess with your mind!

  10. August 4, 2013 1:43 pm

    Great review, Kathy. This sounds like it would certainly be a jarring memoir.

  11. sandynawrot permalink
    August 4, 2013 3:37 pm

    I assume you have read Fun Home? Pretty amazing graphic memoir but really crazy family issues. I love graphic novels of all kinds so I may see if my library has this one.

  12. August 4, 2013 3:53 pm

    I don’t read too many memoirs, but I think the graphic format would make it more interesting for me.

  13. August 4, 2013 3:55 pm

    thank you for your review.

  14. August 4, 2013 4:23 pm

    I hope you know that most of the books on my wish list are ones I saw posted about on your blog. Do you have some kind of good book radar?

  15. talesofwhimsy permalink
    August 4, 2013 10:15 pm

    Sounds really good. I like the cover.

  16. August 4, 2013 11:33 pm

    I just came across this book on Goodreads today and thought it looked cute. Now I’m even more curious about it!

  17. Beth F permalink
    August 5, 2013 7:27 am

    I like graphic memoirs, but too bad the time jumps were jarring.

  18. August 5, 2013 9:14 am

    Wow, what an intriguing premise! I couldn’t believe it when you mentioned that this was an actual memoir. I’ve never read a graphic memoir, but it sounds like it could be an interesting reading experience 🙂

  19. August 5, 2013 5:16 pm

    This definitely sounds good. I do wonder about the narrative jumping to and fro like that though.

  20. Staci@LifeintheThumb permalink
    August 5, 2013 8:11 pm

    I’m a huge fan of this genre so I just might look this one up!

  21. August 5, 2013 8:51 pm

    i’ve never been into graphic novels but the concept for this one sounds hilarious and i can envision all sorts of things going wrong {or right – depending on perception!}

  22. Jennifer permalink
    August 6, 2013 1:59 pm

    The premise of this one certainly sounds interesting. I don’t read many graphic memoirs but I find the genre to be really interesting and intriguing.

  23. Literary Feline permalink
    August 6, 2013 6:18 pm

    It’s been ages since I read a graphic novel but this one does sound good!

  24. August 6, 2013 10:59 pm

    I haven’t read enough graphic novels to call myself a fan, especially the memoir version. It always seems like that I should like them more than I do.

  25. bookingmama permalink
    August 8, 2013 2:08 pm

    It does sound interesting and is probably a quick read. I might give it a shot.

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