Weekend Reading: Cancer Vixen

What happens when a shoe-crazy, wine-swilling, big-city girl finds a lump in her breast?


The answer is Cancer Vixen, the beyond entertaining graphic memoir by cartoonist Marisa Acocella Marchetto. Similar in tone with Sex and the City, Acocella Marchetto's memoir explores her shock and horror of getting breast cancer in the prime of her life. Marchetto lives and draws in NYC and her story, on a decidedly depressing topic, is so much fun to read – it will keep you up at night! Who would have thought a story of battling cancer would make you giggle?

Drawn in a colorful style, the story of an uninsured, about to be married cartoon artist with a malignant lump in her breast is a brave exploration of battling breast cancer. This "vixen" attacks cancer with urbane style and dark humor. The honest voice keeps you turning the pages and rooting for her along with her friends the gossip columnist, the shoe designer and other specific Manhattanite types.

If you want a sneak preview, you can check out an abbreviated online version of her story here.

Buy the hardback version for $14.96 from Amazon.

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