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Cancer Vixen: A True Story Hardcover – September 26, 2006
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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.
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.
And this story-told-through-cartoons was right up my alley. Acocella-Marchetto is kind of the like the main character of Sex-in-the-City living a glamorous, artsy New York lifestyle complete with hip, trendy, high-heeled shoes, editor-struggles, a procession of boyfriends, a difficult but artsy mother, and bossy, hip friends with rich/famous clients.
Much of the story is written about those aspects of the author's life, going back all the way to her reaction to 9/11 and then jumping ahead years to her hearing her diagnosis of breast cancer on the eve of her marriage to a rich, famous, gorgeous restaurateur.
Her diagnosis and then subsequent struggles with body-image in the fashion/body conscious world she lives in (especially in regards to the models who constant hit on her fiance) is the main focus of the story. While she does tell us bits about the chemo and the indignity of multiple mammograms, she glosses over alot of the side effects to main talk about her relationships and struggle to find less negativity (kaballah and psychotherapy).
If you're looking for memoirs with information or curious about dealing with side effects of chemo or radiation, then this is not the cancer memoir for you. If like me, you're a middle class diagnosee wanting a bit more of "real" life with kids, than the parts about her glamorous life while entertaining were not something I could connect with at all.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My spouse and I are in the middle of this. Breast cancer surgery, chemo & radiation. We've ripped through bookshelves of cancer literature. Read morePublished 4 months ago by S. A. Cartwright
I am going through treatment right now, this book helped me not to feel so alone. It is funny, educational and very honest.Thank youPublished 4 months ago by Eliane Herdani
It's a totally New York kind of story but both very educational (about cancer) and entertaining. If you like graphic literature (in the literal sense), don't pass this one by.Published 6 months ago by seastar
Cancer Vixen is a valiant, candid, quirky, and uplifting graphic novel memoir about Marisa’s struggle with and triumph over breast cancer. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Nadia Gerassimenko
Co-workers went together to buy this for a friend undergoing chemo. She loved the humor and said it was nice to receive.Published 8 months ago by Celeste
When I was diagnosed our breast cancer support made a night out going to comic clubs, laughing is part of the healing process. She is so true when she writes. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Boliviana
This book provided a pleasant couple hours reading. The author successfully went through several of the same treatments I am experiencing in my breast cancer battle. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Nathanael
Didn't think I'd like this book, because I basically hate graphic novels, but I was completely hooked into the story from page 1 --
and couldn't stop reading this... Read more