Cancer Vixen by Marisa Acocella Marchetto
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“What happens when a shoe-crazy, lipstick-obsessed, wine-swilling, pasta-slurping, fashion-fanatic, single-forever, about-to-get-married big-city girl cartoonist with a fabulous life finds . . . a lump in her breast?” That’s the question that sets this powerful, funny, and poignant graphic memoir in motion. In vivid color and with a taboo-breaking sense of humor, Marisa Acocella Marchetto tells the story of her eleven-month, ultimately triumphant bout with breast cancer—from diagnosis to cure, and every challenging step in between.

But Cancer Vixen is about more than surviving an illness. It is a portrait of one woman’s supercharged life in Manhattan, and a wonderful love story. Marisa, self-described “terminal bachelorette,” meets her Prince Charming in Silvano, owner of the chic downtown restaurant Da Silvano. Three weeks before their wedding, she receives her diagnosis. She wonders: How will he react to this news? How will my world change? Will I even survive? And . . . what about my hair?

From raucous New Yorker staff lunches and the star-studded crowd at Silvano’s restaurant to the rainbow pumps Marisa wears to chemotherapy, Cancer Vixen is a total original. Marisa’s wit and courage are an inspiration—she’s a cancer vixen, not its victim.
 

About Marisa Acocella Marchetto

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Marisa Acocella Marchetto lives in New York City and is a cartoonist for The New Yorker and Glamour. Her work has appeared in The New York Times and Modern Bride, among other publications. She is also the author of Just Who the Hell Is She, Anyway?
 
Published September 26, 2006 by Knopf. 224 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Comics & Graphic Novels, Political & Social Sciences, Self Help, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Non-fiction

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In flashbacks to the years before her diagnosis, Marchetto details the conspicuous consumption and competitive cattiness of life in New York magazine circles, before 9/11 put such frivolities on hold.

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The New York Times

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There are already more than enough Web sites and books and pamphlets and classes about breast cancer to keep you totally well informed (and totally terrified), but few of them are any fun.

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The Guardian

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In 2004, the price of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment to Acocella Marchetto, aged 43 - a sum she would have had to find herself had her husband's insurance not stepped in - amounted to $192,720.04.

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Publishers Weekly

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Cancer Vixen tells the story of what happens next, and how her inner circle— stylists, gossip columnists, shoe designers and assorted others you'd only find in New York City, rallies round to help her beat the disease and get married on time and in high style.

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Bookmarks Magazine

The driving question behind Marisa Marchetto’s graphic memoir is, "What happens when a shoe-crazy, lipstick-obsessed, wine swilling, pasta-slurping, fashion-fanatic, single-forever, about-to-get-married big-city girl cartoonist … with a fabulous life finds … a lump in her breast?"

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Graphic Novel Reporter

Cancer also sometimes shows up as the Grim Reaper, a more standard image, and she and Cancer talk.

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HealthCentral

I found this book so evocative of my own cancer experience (minus the fabulous Silvano, sigh) that I recommend it to anyone surviving or in treatment for breast cancer, and to anyone close to someone surviving or diagnosed with breast cancer.

Dec 06 2006 | Read Full Review of Cancer Vixen: A True Story

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