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.