The groundbreaking graphic memoir that inspires breast cancer patients to fight back—and do so with style.
“What happens when a shoe-crazy, lipstick-obsessed, wine-swilling, pasta-slurping, fashion-fanatic, about-to-get-married big-city girl cartoonist with a fabulous life finds . . . a lump in her breast?” That’s the question that sets this powerful, funny, and poignant graphic memoir in motion. In vivid color and with a taboo-breaking sense of humor, Marisa Acocella Marchetto tells the story of her eleven-month, ultimately triumphant bout with breast cancer—from diagnosis to cure, and every challenging step in between.
•One of Time’s top ten graphic novels of the year
•Slate.com’s medical book of the year
•One of the Wall Street Journal’s five best books on living with illness
•Finalist, Books for a Better Life
•Finalist, National Cartoonists Society Graphic Novel of the Year
“Powerful . . . A vibrant, neon chronicle with plenty of attitude . . . A triumph of imagination and spirit.”
—Los Angeles Times
“Ebullient . . . Visually invigorating and unflinching.”
—The New York Times Book Review
“Irresistibly authentic . . . These words and pictures convey humility and humanity with witty grace and heartfelt power.”
—The Miami Herald
“Funny, eye-opening, moving.”
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.
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Great Read, Not worth $13
It's a good book, but In my opinion it should be $10 at least since I've managed to finish it in 3 hours, people are greedy for money in business but don't know what a fair price is.