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In the tradition of the acclaimed graphic memoirs Fun Home and Persepolis comes a funny, insightful, and deeply moving book about learning to appreciate what we have when we can't seem to get what we want.

For Phoebe Potts, the path to maternal fulfillment has not been easy. All her friends seem to get pregnant, but she can't conceive for all her trying. As Phoebe and her h
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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published September 21st 2010 by Harper
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Dave Schaafsma
Mar 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: gn-memoir, gn-women
The title Good Eggs is a play on her struggles with infertility and the "good eggs"--friends, family--in her life that have made it meaningful. It is about being happy in spite of not getting what you want. I liked it, didn't love it, but Phoebe is increasingly likable. Maybe her relationship with her husband is the best part of the memoir. She shares other stuff--her work in Chiapas, her struggles with depression, her relationship with her mother, and others--to show that the struggle to be hap ...more
jess
Jan 09, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: graphic-novels, 2013
There is something about the desperation that comes with wanting to have children (if you want to have children) that makes you blind to other people's life experiences. Like this.





Is this really what straight people think about queer fertility and desire to make a family "unnaturally"? I mean, it's laughable except... I think she's serious? So, I hate you too, Phoebe Potts. I wanted to like this book, but I couldn't.
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rachel
Feb 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: true-story, 2012, jewish
I'm tempted to blame either hormones or circumstance but this is the second book in a row where I have found a heterosexual relationship entirely adorable and may have said "aww" out loud once or twice. I understand not even a fraction of the frustration and sadness of wanting a baby and failing to conceive, but with her sweet husband, a house, and a cat as somewhat of a child stand-in, sort of, it seems like Phoebe has a wonderful life even in the absence of baby. Her husband tells her he doesn ...more
Raina
There were a lot of things I liked about this book.

The exploration of Potts' journey to her current vocation. Her expressive drawing style. The ending. But I didn't love it, and I felt like a lot of her panels were crowded and/or hard to read (without clear direction about which order to read things). The parts NOT about her fertility struggles were by far the most interesting parts.

I feel like she could have written an entire memoir just about her year (?) in Mexico (which would have fit even
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Courtney
Apr 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-memoir
It's good, but felt like there were some missing parts.

Such as doesn't Jeff have any family? I know it's her memoir, but I'd imagine that his family or lack of family might have impacted her and the possible creation of the next generation. Jeff comes off as a drifter, albeit a perfect one.

I would have appreciated the other elephants in the room, such as her ethical views of the fertility process, we get a glimpse of that but not the heart of the matter. She struggles with the idea of (view spoi
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Stewart Tame
Oct 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
I think I fell in love with this book around the sequence where she's talking about how she met her husband. It's equal parts Romance and comedy, much like real life. I was grinning from ear to ear while reading it. Phoebe and Jeff want to have a baby, but the traditional method isn't working for them. That's the book in a nutshell. Infertility can be frustrating and heartbreaking and exhausting ... But Phoebe Potts has managed to retain the ability to laugh at herself and life in general. This ...more
Karen
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Karen by: Becca
In this graphic memoir, Phoebe Potts explores family history, parental expectations, Jewish Christmas, her desire to be liked, to help her community, her desire / fear to be an artist, therapy, depression, relationships, more therapy, Spanish speaking adventures in other countries, working with immigrant families, reconciling her 'muggle' Jewish identity with her Jewish mother's own experience growing up in the only Jewish family in the neighborhood, and yes, also fertility issues once she final ...more
Chris
Jul 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
This book was pretty spectacular. It is a graphic memoir regarding the author's struggle with infertility and treatments. Five stars. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys graphic memoirs.

I have only two criticisms for this book: (1) the chapter were not named, and they didn't seem to have a central theme tying each chapter together--they seemed kind of randomly divided. That was a little weird. (2) The narrative wasn't as tight as I'd like. It felt like it meandered a little bit, and
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Emilia P
Nov 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: comic-books
I really wish the title of this book touched/focused more on how Potts' experience with infertility was a necessary and painful part of her meaningful and moving rediscovery of her Jewish faith. Because that's really what this book was about -- and that's a totally cool thing for it to be about! But it's not so much a story of fertility issues as it is a story of self-discovery, from the doldrums of union organizing in the twenties to a strong married love to considering rabbinical studies...lik ...more
Meghan
Nov 12, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: memoir, comics
A little more humorous and not as self-reflective in tone as Fun Home but still with a similar engaging quality to the story. Supposedly a memoir of infertility, the author spends just as much time talking about her history as a union organizer, a failed attempt to join the Chiapas rebellion, her history with depression, and her Jewish upbringing and what it means to her as an adult. This is such a relief, since the infertility memoir part was kind of a bummer for me, since she never really expl ...more
Sarah
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
A funny graphic novel memoir about a modern Jewish woman who tries to get pregnant. We explore Phoebe's attempts to get pregnant, her journey with Judaism, and the different jobs she's experienced. I loved the little witty details off to the side, like Reuben the cat's hilarious internal dialogue and the private lives of Phoebe's shoes. I could relate to Phoebe's struggles with art; feeling like an artist and yet not prioritizing creating it (I've become that way with writing!). As someone who d ...more
Noah
May 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
A surprisingly sweet illustrated story of the trials of a couple dealing with fertility issues. Accessible and frequently funny, Potts uses her simple drawings to tell a story that will appeal to a broader audience than it might have otherwise. Be sure to follow the exploits of her cat in the background, who sometimes steals the scene with his authentic (to anyone who is a cat owner/lover) responses.
Délice
Sep 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-buy, life-stories
Oh my gosh. I just read this book in 2 days and LOVED IT!!!!!!! It's my first comic-style memoir I've ever read--are there others!??! It was so amazing. Phoebe, I love the way you express yourself! I love the humor, the honesty, the exploration of depression (I am a co-sufferer and she describes it perfectly…), the hilarious morphing of characters into animals, just wow. I loved it so much. I wish there were more!! <3 ...more
Lisa
Oct 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, memoir
Farmer Feebs, I loved this book!!! So, no baby yet, but look at what you DO have: a fabulous husband and a fabulous book :) Not many gals can say that. This was the sweetest love story and the funniest illustrations. I laughed out loud a whole bunch. I'm so glad I actually laid down the cash for this one, because I'm in love with it and I want to read it a thousand times. ...more
Suzanne
Dec 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
A warm complex memoir about the challenges of infertility. I wasn't particularly interested in the topic and never have been, so I learned things. Primarily though I cared about the anxiety ridden main character and her sweet, patient husband. And it was funny. There was a lot of subtle, dry humor which carried the story well. ...more
Ciara
well, of course i had to read this because the library search engine told me it was about infertility. that is like my favorite thing to read about now. but it was only maybe one-third about infertility. it was 1/3 infertility, 1/3 living with depression, & 1/3 being jewish. not being religious at all, let alone jewish, it was really difficult for me to get into the author's descriptions of joining a new synagogue, & it was especially tough for me to become invested in her sudden desire to becom ...more
Kimber
This is a trimmed down version of my review, to view the full review visit The Book Ramble.

Potts' book recounts the hope and sorrow of trying, unsuccessfully, to conceive a child. The book looks further into Phoebe's life as well dealing with her childhood, university life, and career paths over her life. This is an autobiographical graphic novel.

Potts ties her story to many biblical stories from the Torah. She looks at the ways in which motherhood is dealt with in her faith and the expectations
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Laura
May 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Another young woman's memoir in graphic form, and I'd be curious to hear any thoughts on why this genre seems so disproportionately represented in graphic novels?

Phoebe Potts has written an emotionally-wrought story about her journey through infertility. I suspect people who seek out this book as a resource on infertility will be frustrated by her digressions into other aspects of her life (explorations in Judaism, travels through Mexico), where as people seeking out a memoir may be frustrated
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Meepelous
Nov 08, 2015 rated it liked it
This book is a fairly well put together memoir about an important topic, namely infertility. Maybe I've just OD'd on graphic memoirs but this one didn't really strike me as anything special. While it felt more professional then Pregnant Butch, that might just be due to the bigger publisher. Then again, if HarperCollins had anything to do with overextending this book by about 100+ pages, I'm not sure if Potts really came out ahead.

While the selling point of the novel is the issue of fertility, t
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Susanna Sturgis
Aug 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'd never read a graphics novel or memoir, and I never wanted to have children, so I had no idea what to expect from Good Eggs. I loved it.

Phoebe Potts recounts her and husband Jeff's ever more arduous journey toward an ever more unlikely goal: getting pregnant. On the way she takes the reader on guided detours into her own quixotic attempts to find meaning in life: union organizing in Texas, studying Spanish in Mexico (and thinking of running off with the Zapatistas), exploring her Jewish herit
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Traci Haley
Oct 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I'm starting to think all autobiographies should be in graphic novel form. The best I've ever read have all been in this format. I picked up Good Eggs not really expecting a whole lot. It was a story about a subject I really couldn't relate to that much, but something about the cover really appealed to me. Turns out, the book was just what I needed at the time, because I loved it! It is charming, heartbreaking, full of hope and humor. I love Phoebe and all her neuroses and I love how caring and ...more
K.J. Dell'Antonia
Aug 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
I love a graphic memoir, and I loved this one. I adore how tight and condensed the words of the story become, while the story itself, through the drawings, sprawls out as wide as any story can. I had a hard time putting this down to sleep. If you're not a graphic novel reader, but you like memoir, you might be surprised how easily and thoroughly you get caught up.

As for story, this is a fresh, wry look at fertility treatments and at what it feels like to be, again and again, on the unsuccessful
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Literary Mama
Jan 24, 2012 added it
Shelves: memoir
You could say that Good Eggs, a new graphic memoir by Phoebe Potts, is about infertility. You could say it's about overcoming depression, or about becoming an artist. I pitched the book to my adult bat mitzvah study group as a Jewish coming of age tale. And there's certainly a case to be made that Good Eggs is about family, specifically, the wild frontier between mother and daughter. But you could also call it a love story. Plenty of books tackle these topics, but I can't think of one that combi ...more
Tara
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book very much. I think it might be highly relatable for lots of people. That said, I'm not entirely certain I'd recommend it to someone who didn't fall in at least one of three categories: 1. Has experienced infertility. 2. Is very familiar with the Boston area (loved the references!). 3. Is an artsy type who tries or succeeds in making a career of it (loved hearing about this journey and her relationship to depression!)

Fortunately (and unfortunately), I fall into all three of th
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Marjorie Ingall
Oct 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: grownups
Very funny and moving. I don't think you have to have struggled with infertility to find this a terrific read. The narrative zigzags back and forth from Phoebe's adventures in the fertility biz to her romance with her sweet and endlessly patient husband to her experiences teaching art in youth centers and traveling in Latin America and learning Spanish to her youth in Park Slope and her ambivalent relationship to Judaism. It's as much about her struggle with depression as it is about trying to h ...more
Meghan
Nov 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphicnovels
I picked up this book at the library last night because I recognized the title from a Smith alumnae publication and wanted a quick read. The primary subject, infertility, is not something of much interest to me given how little interest I have in babies and pregnancy, so I was surprised by how engrossing and charming it was. I loved the tiny unexpected details and asides in the drawings (à la Alison Bechdel). Some of the blurbs on the back gave the impression that the main audience is infertile ...more
Lucy
Mar 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is an imaginative, thought-provoking, oftentimes hilarious graphic novel. It's mainly about one woman's emotional journey through life, especially as it pertains to her own psychological experiences and memories of relationships in general, and the desire for children, in particular.

The author is a very talented artist and her pictures, along with the commentary, are frequently keenly hysterical and/or poignant. She also explains why she identifies more and more with the Jewish community, s
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Michelle
Mar 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
This autobiographical graphic novel told the story of a woman's struggle with infertility, depression, and figuring out her identity. I loved being able to "see" the story through her art. It had just the right amount of wit, sarcasm, and emotion. Reading what she and her husband went through on their quest to conceive was heartbreaking, but made me think about what I say / have said to friends in that situation, in an attempt to be supportive. I loved Phoebe's honesty and bravery to put it all ...more
Richard
Nov 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Comics memoir about going through various fertility treatments. In a way it is kind of an ambitious mess, but there is a lot of great stuff in this book. Potts isn't afraid to experiment and will often draw people or situations more symbolically than realistically. A certain person might be bigger because of an over-sized personality or angular because they are terse. Sometimes it is hard to figure out what the exaggerated trait is supposed to convey. Early on inanimate objects talk, often not r ...more
Bethany
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction
Didn't love it. Although there were engaging and great parts, and the illustrations, although nothing special, illustrated the story nicely, I skimmed a lot. The tangents about her previous life in Texas, her mother, and her life in Mexico really didn't connect to the plot and I got bored. As someone who doesn't want kids and would never go to those lengths to conceive a child, I did have trouble identifying. When I picked it up at the library, I thought it would be her journey of finding satisf ...more
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Phoebe Potts grew up in Brooklyn and then on Martha's Vineyard. A graduate of Smith College, she received her MFA from the Maine College of Art in Portland. She lives with her husband, artist Jeffrey Marshall, in Gloucester, Massachusetts. ...more

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