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3.62  ·  Rating details ·  2,387 ratings  ·  341 reviews
A fast-paced semi-memoir about diners, drugs, and California in the 1970s.

Over Easy is a brilliant portrayal of a familiar coming-of-age story. After being denied financial aid to cover her last year of art school, Margaret finds salvation from the straightlaced world of college and the earnestness of both hippies and punks in the wisecracking, fast-talking, drug-taking gr
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published April 15th 2014 by Drawn & Quarterly (first published April 1st 2014)
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Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
This graphic novel had a really wonderful visual style, and it did an excellent job of creating the world of a California diner in the 70s. Unfortunately the story was fairly lackluster and I ended up feeling like there wasn't a particular reason for me reading the graphic novel in the first place.
Jan Philipzig
Not sure where this one came from or where it went, it just kind of splashed on the shore for a while, and then all of a sudden it was over. It was pleasant enough while it lasted, don’t get me wrong... breezy, I guess. The late 1970s, California, a small restaurant, young adults, lifestyle, wit, heart, some sex and drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, some quietly poetic moments. Nothing earth-shattering, mind you, but charming in a pointless kind of way... and isn’t that the only kind of charm there is?
May 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic, memoir
I made an illustrated review of this book at the LA Review of Books. ...more
David Schaafsma
Jun 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
SO good! I am a little older than Mimi and lived through the seventies that turned from hippie to punk, but this is a great story, mostly autobiographical, I understand, the tale of an art school dropout become waitress in a west coast restaurant. If you have worked in an interesting restaurant, if you have lived with/worked with wild and fun and witty friends, if you lived in those times, I think this will work for you. Sex, drugs, great humor, funny anecdotes.

Nothing much happens in this tale
Nov 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Loved this. I did not want it to end. I wanted to hang out with these characters at the Imperial Café.
Melanie Page
Oct 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sjcpl
Update 12/18: Today at Grab the Lapels my guest is Mimi Pond. She's the author of the graphic novel Over Easy. Mimi Pond wrote the first episode of The Simpson's and has work published in places such as the New York Times and National Lampoon. In this interview, she adds great insight into Over Easy.

Because it's hard to get all the graphic novel images right where I want them on Goodreads, I'm going to give you the last paragraph and hope that you'll head over to Grab the Lapels to see the whol
Apr 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
I love books about industries. Books which explain what it's like to spend huge chunks of your life making something happen. What do people do at work all day?

This book chronicles the day-in-day-out dramas of a diner in the Bay area, during a time when hippies were becoming more rare and punks were on their way in. It's based on the author's life, though fictionalized enough to not be wrongly filed in Graphic Novel-Fiction. Our protagonist begins working at the diner as a dish washer (yes, some
May 20, 2015 rated it liked it
(2.5 stars.)

250+ pages just to talk about experiences working in a diner with a bunch of asshole coworkers.

Melissa Chung
Jan 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Life is full of matter what age you live in. I loved reading this graphic novel. It is such a small glimpse of Mimi's life when she was a college student...well ex-college student. Goodreads says this graphic novel is a semi-memoir of Mimi's life in the late 70's and I thought it was hilarious.

I love this kind of thing. Maybe because I like gossip, maybe because I'm interested in how people lived back in the day. And maybe because I'm a people watcher and am fascinated by the way peop
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
I understand that this was a "slice of life" story. I can appreciate that about this work. The cast of characters were interesting enough to make me continue reading but I wanted SOMETHING to happen. It was very generic and "in the life of". It was set in an interesting time period, about the transition from the 70s to the 80s but still...I wanted more out of it that I never got.
nomadreader (Carrie D-L)
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The basics: Over Easy is a partially fictionalized graphic memoir of Mimi Pond's experience as an art student and diner waitress in Berkeley, California in the 1970's.

My thoughts: I spent years working in restaurants. I never worked in a diner, but the wine bar in Atlanta where Mr. Nomadreader and I met, had an eight-hour brunch every Saturday and Sunday. Given my history (and Mr. Nomadreader's continued work) in the service industry,
Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
while I probably never would have picked this up based on the description alone, it was on a list of graphic novels by women that you missed. and boy, I did miss this one. the way the story unfolds was a little surprising, like one minute I'm just reading another college drop out memoir, the next minute I realize something very special is happening at the imperial cafe. I loved the way Pond developed each character, almost getting out of the way so they can unfold/arrive as perfectly as they sho ...more
Nov 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I have read a lot of Mimi Pond's stuff over the years, but had yet to read one of her graphic novels. What I didn't realize is that she is about the same age I am, and went to school about the same time I did, and this might help in reading Over Easy. On the other hand, even if you were not a late teenager, early adult in the late 70's you can still enjoy this novel.

The story of how, as an art student, she starts working at a diner, is quite cool. She captures all the different sorts of people t
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
I am interested in reading Pond's new book, THE CUSTOMER IS ALWAYS WRONG, the sequel to OVER EASY, and, as usual, it's best to read a series in order.

This was a low-key memoir about Pond's time as a waitress at a small restaurant in Oakland, CA, and since I was once a waitress in the 1970s and identified with Pond's experiences--well, except for the drugs and sex.

If you've never tried a graphic novel, this is a good title to start with, and readers of Stephanie Danler's fictionalized experience
Jun 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Fantastic. A superb workplace graphic novel about an Oakland diner in the last 1970s. Picture John Cheever as a 20s something art student, female and illustrated. Worth every page and every slice of buttered toast. Best to read with breakfast.
Sian Lile-Pastore
Nov 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
1970s, waitressing and a touch of poetry.
Mar 11, 2017 rated it liked it
I love the artistic style that went into this book- sketches with watercolor in shades of turquoise. Unfortunately, the story itself was a bit dull, but that's life sometimes, I suppose- a bit dull.
Jul 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
How does one kindly say, "This was a complete waste of time"?
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Adults.
Recommended to Helen by: No-one.
Exceptional graphic novel about the experiences and evolution of the artist while working at a rather zany diner in Oakland in the 1970s - really, engrossing/interesting the way a soap opera might be but with caustic wit, irony and sarcasm. Ms. Pond's sketchy drawing style and limited (monochrome, really) color palette is perfect - the reader can fill in the details as they read, it's not overly detailed which puts the spotlight on the fast-moving text. I must say I was happy to read the present ...more
Peter Landau
May 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It took me a couple of pages before I fell into the narrative stream of OVER EASY, the first graphic novel by Mimi Pond, but once in I was swept up by the keen observations and character sketches, and especially the loose wash style of the artwork that is the story’s perfect companion.

The books is based on her post-collegiate life in San Francisco during the 1970s, where she lands employment first as a dishwasher and then waitress at an eccentric diner. There’s no plot, but lots of stories, a f
May 23, 2014 rated it liked it
So I didn’t like this novel in the beginning. At all. Mostly because I didn’t like the main character – I thought she was a wimpy and needed to be firmer in her convictions. However, as the novel progressed and the character grew, I began to appreciate the delicate hand with which Pond tackled protagonist’s growth. Margaret, or Madge as her boss likes to call her, finds herself work when she is refused a loan because she has already reached the maximum amount she can receive from the government. ...more
Oct 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
I've fallen for this group of diner misfits. Madge is the odd one out, an educated more reserved and less beautiful artist, and she is of course our protagonist. At the end of the day, though, she's not too different from her coworkers and friends. She grows up throughout the book from her innocent naive adolescent attitude to a more realistic and seasoned outlook from drugs and sex in bars and concerts and heartbreak, and we dig deeper into the characters she finds herself surrounded by. There ...more
Oct 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
I liked this more than I thought I would. Mimi Pond captures life working at a diner and all the colorful characters that come with it well, and she does one of my favorite things throughout the book: stops to notice and appreciate tiny details. She captures the minutiae of daily life and makes it all seem lovely. It was also nice to see an account of the 70s where someone was fed up with hippie culture and noticing the emergence of angry subcultures like punk -- though it's only a tiny piece of ...more
Jan 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
The memoirish story of working as a dishwasher/waitress at a coffeehouse diner in Oakland in the late 1970s, very episodic and kind of lacking a plot. There's not really any urgency, and the characters never came to life for me. The artwork is really great, though, and I liked the feeling of the setting. The part dealing with washing a dirty mat in the kitchen area of the diner was viscerally disgusting. BUT, I really hated that ALL the waitresses and cooks were identified by name except for one ...more
Mark Victor Young
Oct 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
The timeframe of this graphic novel is starting to feel like a historical piece, sadly. The early 70's is a weird, alien planet to me now. I couldn't relate to it at all, but found it fascinating. I got into the artwork after awhile, although it is a little vague and wouldn't be my usual taste. It seemed appropriate for this post-Aquarius set piece. The flow of the book is episodic and not a conventional narrative, which was perfect for the partly-stoned, jaded and where's the next party points ...more
David Schwan
Jul 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
The author gives us a partial autobiographical look at life after art school in Oakland California (later she went on to be a writer for "The Simpsons"). She works in a diner first as the dishwasher, later as a waitress. The diner attracts a quite interesting group of people, both customers and employees. The manager speaks latin fluently and writes poetry. Overall a nice snapshot of life in the Oakland/Berkeley during the 1970's.
Jun 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir, graphic-novel
Fictionalized graphic memoir of an Oakland art student coming of age while working at a hipster breakfast bar in the late 70s. Loose style of drawing like Roz Chast but less particularized and colorful. Overall good read but the story is a little slight and repetitive. Seems partly written as a tribute to the bar manager named Lazlo in the story. His character was a little over emphasized.
Feb 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My review of this fine book is live! on
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741.5973 P796 2014
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Life in the seventies. Good story and lovely drawing
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Mimi Pond is a cartoonist, illustrator, and writer. She has created comics for the Los Angeles Times, Seventeen magazine, National Lampoon, and many other publications. Television credits include writing the first full-length episode of The Simpsons, “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire”, and episodes for the shows Designing Women and Pee Wee’s Playhouse. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, t ...more

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