CancerVixen
Cancer Vixen: A True Story (Pantheon Graphic Library)
CancerVixen
Marisa Acocella Marchetto
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.” —Time

Book Details

Genre: 

  • Biography
  • Nonfiction

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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Marisa Acocella Marchetto draws on her experience as a cartoonist for Glamour and The New Yorker to write and illustrate this graphic novel. Cancer Vixen is Marchetto's memoir, describing her fight with cancer. Marchetto starts off before her diagnosis, with her exciting Manhattan life then takes you step by step through her journey with cancer. Marchetto takes a comedic approach to a very tough subject. Cancer Vixen tells an "overcoming cancer" story in an upbeat and inspirational way.

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