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Cancer Made Me a Shallower Person: A Memoir in Comics

by Miriam Engelberg
£8.99   paperback  HarperCollins Inc (2006)

Cancer Made Me a Shallower Person: A Memoir in Comics by Miriam Engelberg Miriam Engelberg was forty-three when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Like anyone faced with a life-altering personal trauma, she sought out a coping mechanism. While fellow patients championed the benefits of support groups and hypnotherapy, Engelberg found her greatest comfort in drawing, her lifelong passion.
Cancer Made Me a Shallower Person puts Engelberg's life in focus the best way she knows how - with cartoons. Her graphic approach to a very serious subject follows in the tradition of Art Spiegelman's award-winning Maus, but in her own offbeat, on-target, and darkly, devastatingly humorous style. From sex and wigs to nausea and causes - was it overzealous cheese consumption or not enough multivitamins? - Engelberg leaves no aspect of cancer unexamined. In this remarkable "memoir in comics" she takes a clear-eyed, deliciously sardonic look at caring friends and relatives, doctors, treatments, and support groups, while never losing her guarded optimism and, most important, her sense of humour.

ISBN 13: 9780060789732 | ISBN 10: 0060789735

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