Cancer Made Me a Shallower Person
A Memoir in Comics
By Miriam Engelberg
(HarperCollins Publishers, Paperback, 9780060789732, 126pp.)
Publication Date: November 2014
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a cartoonist examines her experience with breast cancer in an irreverent and humorous graphic memoir.
"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 humor.
Very funny....in the finest tradition of black humor. Engelberg’s narrative is riveting...extremely honest and extraordinarily powerful.
“So funny, so sad, so daring, so honest, and so utterly human that I couldn’t put it down.”
-Harriet Lerner, Ph.D., author of The Dance of Anger
“The most important thing to know about Shallower is that it’s funny.”
“...a triumph of imagination and spirit.”
-Los Angeles Times
“...a spirited perspective...”
-Daily Telegraph (London)