Review: Calling Dr. Laura: A Graphic Memoir by Nicole J. Georges

Published: 2013
By: Mariner Books
Source: FMPL
Format: Paperback
ISBN:   9780547615592

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I wasn’t sure what I was going to wind up reading, I couldn’t even remember how to title got to my TBR list, but that’s okay. I had requested this from my local library as a way to get a community bin returned to my work-library so the kids can drop off their public library books.

Calling Dr. Laura is not about a doctor as you may assume from the title, it is in fact the call-in radio show the main character (and author) Nicole listens to on a regular basis in order to avoid confronting a lot of her problems or to drown out the constant nagging by her mother.

Like the subtitle entails, this is a memoir, and this particular one illustrates different parts of the author’s life starting from her childhood, which includes health problems, family relationships and most of all the relationships her mother had gone through in order to find Nicole a “daddy”-figure.

Early on in the book, the reader is made aware that Nicole is a lesbian, and with that came the great burden/responsibility of either sheltering her mother from the reality and attempting to convince her girlfriend (at-the-time) that her mother knowing of this relationship would prove fatal to whatever lifeline she has.

Nicole, her dog, her hens, and her ex’s dogs, in a quaint house where she spends her days sewing, drawing, and listening to Dr. Laura.

3 Star

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International Women’s Day: Bookish Style

Source: Facebook

I have been blessed with the intense desire to constantly want to read and learn. Thank you to my parents for enabling me through every part of my life, and much as I don’t always get along with my mother, I love and appreciate every thing she has done for me from Day Zero.

Thanks Mom

Obviously my mother hasn’t been the only woman in my life who has influenced me to live my life in a particular way, however this post isn’t to celebrate those women (that’s what Facebook is for ;) ) This post is to celebrate the fantastic female authors I’ve had the opportunity (thus far) to read either about or books by them. Here’s a [short] list of just a few of my faves:

Source: TED.com 

 

Elizabeth Gilbert

I read her book Eat. Pray. Love. at the end of 2012 and it truly inspired me to “learn more deeply” about myself; to find out what I really want to get out of life.

 

 

Source: The Telegraph UK

 

JK Rowling

I’d be a liar if I never included/read her books. Although I never felt an inspiration to become anything more than more literate, it was because of her amazing series: Harry Potter.

 

 

 

Source: The Canadian Encyclopedia

 

Barbara Smucker

In my early teens I was “forced” to read Underground to Canada as a class novel study. This was honestly the best book I read in my youth. It introduced to me the issues that revolved around slavery and the hardships people endured to free themselves or the people that helped runaway slaves to come to Canada; for freedom.

 

 

 

 

Laurie Halse Anderson

I read Speak as a class novel study (if I remember correctly) and it had a great impact on me. Even after that initial read I frequently gravitate to her books because I know I won’t be disappointed in her technique.

 

 

This is a very small list of novelists that I’ve read who are female, however, I do know the list is longer. Perhaps, I chose a list of women who had an influence on me in my earlier days (minus Elizabeth Gilbert, which was my young 20’s). I think I’ll stick to that reason.

To wrap up this post here is a video of the Message from the UN Women’s Executive Director:

Love your woman. Love you. Love all.

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Review: The Witch of Portobello by Paulo Coelho

Published: 2007
By: HarperAudio
Source: EPL
Format: Audiobook
ISBN:   9780061450068

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I always heard good things about Paulo Coelho and his storytelling, and I do believe that this being the first book I’ve read by this particular author I can believe what others say. This was a great book which I found very entrancing. I enjoyed the story-line and Athena, the main character, was definitely a very beautiful character to be lead by.

In The Witch of Portobello we are introduced to Athena, an adopted young woman who chose the plight of a saint but later chose the path of leading the path less traveled, or perhaps as some people might consider it nomadic or gypsy-like. In this story, we watch as Athena grows and learns and succumbs to the demise of the “witch-like” behavior people have been accusing her of.

This story is about love, and following your dreams. Athena, whom was blessed with the beautiful features that models would pay great amounts for, leads a life where she knows that she is beauty but doesn’t use it to coerce others in order to gain something. This book is written in the form  of an interview-memoir, filled with different excerpts by the characters whom were graced by Athena’s presence throughout her journey of self-realization to find “The Mother”.

4 Star

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