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Cancer made me a shallower person : a memoir in comics /
Miriam Engelberg.
edition
1st ed.
imprint
New York, NY : Harper, c2006.
description
xiii, 126 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
ISBN
0060789735, 9780060789732
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imprint
New York, NY : Harper, c2006.
isbn
0060789735
9780060789732
abstract
A cartoonist examines her experience with breast cancer in an irreverent and humorous graphic memoir.
catalogue key
10390123
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 115-121).
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Appeared in Library Journal on 2006-05-15:
Engelberg, a comics artist and author (Planet 501c3), was just 43, with a four-year-old son, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001. Upon first hitting the road to comics-dom, she had immersed herself in autobiographical works by the likes of Harvey Pekar and Mary Fleener, so it seemed the perfect venue for her own memoir. And those who think that breast cancer can't be funny will laugh in spite of themselves at Engelberg's irreverent take on the disease. Think Cathy, but cheekier. As Engelberg explains in her introduction, "I felt pressure to become someonenobler and more courageous. Butmaybe the path of shallowness deserves more attention!" She describes her experience in terms of pop culture, TV shows, and celebrity poker. We can all relate, right? Engelberg's cancer has metastasized, and her future is uncertain. But her book is always witty and thought-provoking. One lesson from this god-awful disease: finding a way to cope is half the battle. Highly recommended for public libraries.-Bette-Lee Fox, Library Journal (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2006-03-13:
Stricken with breast cancer at a disturbingly young age (43), Engelberg turned to cartooning to cope; the resulting work is both powerful and very funny. She starts at the very beginning, while awaiting her diagnosis. The story follows the cancer trail all the way through surgery, chemo, support groups, wigs, the distraction of cartooning, moving house while completely nauseated and the horror of a second diagnosis. In contrast to the heavy subject matter, Engelberg's artwork is na?ve to the extreme, though it has some charm. The true strength of the book is its fusion of the deadly serious with the absurd, in the finest tradition of black humor. Engelberg's narrative is riveting. She traces the trajectory of both her diagnosis and her growing obsession with the crossword puzzle in the newspaper's TV guide-"must...avoid...inner...thought... processes," she announces. The reader discovers the author's difficulties in appreciating life's special moments, and witnesses the many compliments she receives on her post-chemo wig. We follow the way the medical profession communicates, the things people say when they don't know what to say and the utter incomprehensibility of not knowing if you're documenting your own slow death. It's extremely honest and extraordinarily powerful. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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'œ...a spirited perspective...'
"...a spirited perspective..."
'œ...a triumph of imagination and spirit.'
"...a triumph of imagination and spirit."
'œSo funny, so sad, so daring, so honest, and so utterly human that I couldn't put it down.'
"So funny, so sad, so daring, so honest, and so utterly human that I couldn't put it down."
'œThe most important thing to know about Shallower is that it's funny.'
"The most important thing to know about Shallower is that it's funny."
Very funny....in the finest tradition of black humor. Engelberg's narrative is riveting...extremely honest and extraordinarily powerful.
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