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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Pantheon; Reprint edition (September 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 037571474X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375714740
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #622,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Cartoonist Marisa Acocella Marchetto's graphic memoir about her battle with breast cancer is as bold, vibrant, and brave as she is--pumped full of color, the story leaps off the page and into your heart. Poignant and funny, this inspiring story is made all the more powerful by Marchetto's cartoons. Lucky for us, Marchetto agreed to create a cartoon just for Amazon.com customers. Check out her strip below. --Daphne Durham

Amazon.com Exclusive: A Cartoon from Marisa Acocella Marchetto

Meet Marisa, a self-described "shoe-crazy, lipstick-obsessed, wine-swilling, pasta-slurping, fashion-fanatic, single-forever, about-to-get-married big-city girl cartoonist with a fabulous life." Her graphic memoir, Cancer Vixen describes what happens when she finds a lump in her breast. Want to know what happens to an author when they discover their sales rank at Amazon.com? Read Marisa's exclusive strip below to find out.










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In 2004, cartoonist Marchetto, a hyperstylish "terminal bachelorette," was busy capturing "fabulista" humor, in the New Yorker and Glamour. She was engaged to a fabulous guy, perennially cool restaurateur Silvano Marchetto, whose personal style perfectly matched her Manhattan-centric life. If this were fiction, this is exactly when she'd stumble; unfortunately for her, life imitated art, and sure enough, she found a lump in her breast shortly before her wedding. Just as bad, she didn't have health insurance: her policy had lapsed shortly before the fateful mammogram. Cancer Vixen tells the story of what happens next, and how her inner circle— stylists, gossip columnists, shoe designers and assorted others you'd only find in New York City, rallies round to help her beat the disease and get married on time and in high style. Marchetto wears her best high heels to chemotherapy and remarks on the similarities between her hospital gown and Diane von Furstenberg designs. The fashion details are great fun, drawn in a spare loose style, but it's the heart of her story, the support and love she gets from her family and friends, that make Cancer Vixen a universal story that's hard to put down. (Oct.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Customer Reviews

As touching as true stories can be and as funny as goods novels (or comic books!)
Samuele Tilli
I highly recommend this book if you or someone you love or care for is going through breast cancer. :)
Air Force Wife in Arizona
Marisa Acocella Marchetto bravely shares her story about battling cancer by cleverly using humor.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Susanne Koenig on November 29, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Okay, I feel lousy saying that, but really, I couldn't put this book down. Which is odd, because I work in an (shall remain a-nonny-mus)bookstore and "Cancer Vixen" doesn't exactly say "read me."

Well, okay, maybe it does, in its own way, with its electrified purple cover (where do they keep the batteries to power that color?) and simplified drawings.

The cartoonist in question, Marisa Acocella Marchetto, was at the top of her game when a doctor noticed a lump in her breast. It couldn't have come at a worse time for Marchetto. She was engaged to a wonderful man and life was humming along pretty well in a profession that can be less than pretty. Then came The News. Cancer.

So instead of writing another book about breast cancer, Marchetto grabbed her pen and did what she does best: cartooning. The result is an honest, visually engaging and sometimes hilarious read. Beast Cancer doesn't say, "graphic novel", but here, it works, and quite well, too. The illustrations reflect the author's emotions with a great deal of clarity and are quite effective. And the backstory of how she met her fiance and the description of her multiple bffs, shopping habits, and work life are interesting as well. But most of all, I liked the honesty. That coupled with the little details of her everyday life were very gratifying, like a good healthy chat with one of your girlfriends who gives you all the details.

Even if you are not shopping for something about cancer, this is a very good read. And if you buy a copy of it with crumbs in it, that's just from the workers who read it during lunch. Consider it a compliment for the book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Reader on November 4, 2006
Format: Hardcover
As a BC survivor, like many of you, I came to this book with a personal perspective. In fact, it turns out that I live in the same neighborhood as the author, but am about 15 yrs. older. I know this is a book about a "younger" "glam" cancer pt., but that's OK. What I liked best was that, when you have BC (or any serious illness) you've got to do whatever it takes to get thru, so a sense of humor, and a sense of art is fabulous. I admired the author's courage and panache while also reminiscing (not always the happiest thing) about my own treatment. This book is for readers with a sense of humor and a sense of the quirky, but I think that's just what BC deserves, not seriousness all the time. Good for you, Marchetto!!!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Love to Read on June 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I love New Yorker cartoons. I hate comic books. I LOVED Cancer Vixen. I've been through a terrible illness and I have friends and family who have been through cancer, chemo, and radiation. This is an excellent story of one person's experience. It's the best literature I've ever read about the cancer/chemo experience because it shows what it's all about and how it effects the patient's life and family. I could really relate! I'm a writer, but no purely written story could have had the same impact and wisdom as this beatuiful, visual story. And the writing is witty and spot on too. Marisa is a brilliant cartoonist. She was actually very brave to tell her story as she did. I wish her happiness and health!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A C on October 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I've been a huge fan of Marissa Acoccella's for years, loving all her New Yorker cartoons, but nothing prepared me for how wonderful -- just wonderful, wonderful -- this book is. I've already read it three times in the last week. It's funny and poignant. There are great shoes and great characters (I especially loved the depiction of all those pipe- cleaner-thin girls I see all the time at Da Silvano and, of course, Silvano is so loveable in the book.)

Get this book for every woman you know. If someone doesn't love this, they can't have a pulse.

Oh, and Marissa Acoccella, if you're reading this, thank you so much. I come from a family of survivors and this has been an especially trying year, and your book saved me. And us.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By K. Butler on May 16, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought this book and while I have still only read parts and skimmed others, it was a refreshing change from your typical BC book. It is not for the easily offended, but if you have a dark sense of humor, and need a break from the relentless cheeriness/despair of BC, this is it. I definately laughed out loud - something I needed after a DX of Stage 3C. I probably should give it more than 3 stars...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Regier on January 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book for breast cancer survivors and/or anyone who has a friend of loved one that is a survivor. When I purchased the book I did not realize it was all in cartoon format, this worried me at first. However, after beginning the book and finding out how hilarious it is, I could not put it down. The authors description of her thoughts and feelings as she went through her diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer is phenominal! She takes her very real and difficult situation and puts a beautiful, comical spin on it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Anthony on September 28, 2006
Format: Hardcover
It is virtually impossible to make light of a cancer situation in one's life. Cancer Vixen displays many great and funny situations during the life of a Vogue New York woman struggling with her bout against cancer. And this is done in a stylish comic form, which adds a spectacular read, and making tragedy an interesting and colorful exciting book about a struggle with breast cancer. Anyone who gives hope during their roughest point in life and shows the rest of the world how it was handled, makes this the 'ROCKY' story of this year. Stay tuned... the movie is coming!
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