Over Easy

Over Easy

Book - 2014
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"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 Imperial Café" -- page [4] of cover.
Publisher: Montreal, Québec : Drawn & Quarterly, 2014.
Edition: First hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781770461536
1770461531
Branch Call Number: [GN] FIC/POND
Characteristics: 271 pages : illustrations ; c 22 cm

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redtayres
Aug 20, 2017

Nobody will call this a "must read", but Mimi Pond's graphic novel documenting her life and the characters she meets while working in an Oakland restaurant in the late 1970's/early 1980's is amusing and sweet and feels very natural and real. Though she calls the restaurant the "Imperial", the drawings and location scream to me that the restaurant in which she worked was/is actually Oakland's "Mama's Royal Cafe" which still stands today. Perhaps my personal memories of the place enhanced my enjoyment of the book. Still, I'd happily read more by this author.

PinesandPrejudice Feb 11, 2017

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.

KateHillier Jun 15, 2016

This one ran a little bit long for me but it was still interesting. Comic memoirs are always a good time and reading about working at a diner in the 1970s is certainly affirming for anyone who was young and broke or anyone who works in customer service

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booksmile
Jul 14, 2015

A bit bitter and judgmental.

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mclarjh
Mar 29, 2015

A little immature, superficial look at coming of age in your twenties.

Bierlingen Mar 15, 2015

Unique narration in comic strip form: yes, the whole book! A quirky format to be picked up whenever without feeling that you're leaving the plot. It's light and definitely a throwback to the seventies...somewhere between hippydom and the disco ball :) Not a deep read but amusing.

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TGPretender
Dec 13, 2014

I'm not sure if it's just my usual preference for fantasy or the ADD, but I couldn't get into this book. I gave it until the end of chapter 2 and then gave up. It's slow, wordy, and maybe if I grew up in the seventies it would mean something to me. As it is, the whole thing just seemed dreadfully boring.

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diggie
Sep 22, 2014

the drawing is not breathtaking, and there isn't really a plot, but somehow this book make a deeply real world of freaks and punks and the soap opera of restaurant work. minor and rich.

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