Calling Dr. Laura

A Graphic Memoir

Georges, Nicole J.

(Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Calling Dr. Laura

In a charming graphic memoir that Alison Bechdel calls "riveting," "disarming," and "haunting," a psychic reading spurs Portland 'zinester Nicole Georges to uncover an old secret about her father and the family story she never knew.

When Nicole Georges was two years old, her family told her that her father was dead. When she was twenty-three, a psychic told her he was alive. Her sister, saddled with guilt, admits that 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 radio talk-show host Dr. Laura Schlessinger for advice.

Packed cover-to-cover with heartfelt and disarming black-and-white illustrations, Calling Dr. Laura tells 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. Laura marks the arrival of an exciting and winning new voice in graphic literature.

Baker & Taylor
After discovering that who she thought was her father was indeed not, Portland-based "zinester" Nicole Georges embarks upon a journey of identity.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013
ISBN: 9780547615592
Branch Call Number: GRAPHIC B Schlessinger G
Characteristics: 260 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Alternate Title: Calling Doctor Laura


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List - Misfit Memoirs by: nypl_kingsbridge Aug 15, 2014

Georges graphic novel memoir explores her dysfunctional family, coming to terms with her mother’s lies, and the idea of a father she thought was dead, all while seeking help from a psychic and a radio talk show host, Dr. Laura. The memoir is both about coming of age and coming out, and the quirky... Read More »

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Apr 24, 2014
  • CraigGraziano rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

When a palm reader told Nicole J. Georges that her long-deceased father was very much alive, Nicole's first thought was, "Who does she think she is?" But the psychic was definitely onto something, and Calling Dr. Laura started to take shape.

Read more at: http://www.librarypoint.org/calling_dr_laura_georges

May 01, 2013
  • gabrielledewitt rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A really delightful read. I felt like it captured the feel of Portland. Georges is a great storyteller.

Apr 29, 2013
  • tapelibrary rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I feel like since Fun House, every graphic memoir feels like they need to drop a shocking secret - and none can top that one. Would have liked this more - though I liked it fine - if it had more of every day life in it and less not so mysterious secrets.

Mar 20, 2013
  • diggie rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

when i read on the backflap that Georges is now an animal portraitist, i thought she has finally found her strength and wish that more of the story had been told through the animals, which she draws beautfully and expressively, and whose characters are much more sympathetic and compelling than the humans.


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