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Calling Dr. Laura: A Graphic Memoir
by Nicole Georges

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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.


“Nicole Georges’ Calling Dr. Laura is an engrossing, lovable, smart and ultimately poignant trip through a harrowing emotional bottleneck in family life. It’s great art, great writing, a great story- I can’t wait for what’s next from Nicole. What a wonderful book.”
-Rachel Maddow, MSNBC

“Nicole Georges spins a riveting family mystery. There’s a powerful chemistry going on between her delicate drawings and the probing honesty of her investigations. Calling Dr. Laura is disarming and haunting, hip and sweet, all at once.”
-Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home

“Nicole J. Georges’ graphic memoir is simply an epic for our time. Anyone with a family, who loves dogs, who needs advice and wants to understand the inner workings of a complex and magical female artist must read Calling Dr. Laura. I couldn’t put this memoir down for a couple of long great evenings, and I’m still shaken by her animating, wide and searching squares.”
-Eileen Myles, author of Inferno (A Poet’s Novel)

“I wouldn’t want to live in a world without Nicole, and now no one has to! This book is a charming little gem. An honest glimpse into the life of a smart and witty Portland femme gay with an upbringing so weird, it’s normal.”
-Beth Ditto, lead singer of Gossip

“…Her super-sweet-and-sad graphic memoir about coming of age and coming to terms with her supremely dysfunctional family is a great new addition to the queer graphic arts canon. I can’t wait until I have a chance to teach this book in a queer studies class.”
-Susan Stryker, Director, Institute for LGBT Studies, University of Arizona

“Featuring Nicole Georges’ endearing, beloved illustrations… Calling Dr Laura takes us into Nicole’s charming, Portlandy world of backyard chickens and andro girl heartbreakers, zines and punk bands, karaoke and vegan treats- then drops us into a serious family mystery, with consequences so upsetting that Nicole loses her mind and turns to none else but Dr. Laura Schlessinger.”
-Michelle Tea, author of Valencia, co-founder of Sister Spit



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