Dear Bruno by Alice Trillin

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In 1979, Alice Trillin, who three years earlier had been diagnosed with a malignant lung tumor, received a call from good friend Annie Navasky telling her that Annie's 12-year-old son, Bruno, also had cancer. Alice's response was a letter to Bruno in which she tried to show that it was possible to talk about cancer in a tone that was frank, honest, and funny. Children and adults struggling with the 'why me?' of cancer will find in this book a realistic, funny, and somehow, reassuring exploration of the fight for survival. Illustrated with cartoons by New Yorker artist Edward Koren.

About Alice Trillin

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Edward Koren may be best known for his work in the "New Yorker" magazine, where he has published nearly one thousand cartoons. He has written and illustrated several children's books, including "Very Hairy Harry." He taught at Brown University and received a Guggenheim Fellowship. He lives with his family in Vermont.
Published April 1, 1996 by New Press. 31 pages
Genres: Self Help, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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On the vicissitudes of hospital life she writes, ``The thing that always astonished me was how incredibly well-behaved I was, even when I had to wait in the hallway until I thought I'd been abandoned.'' She allows Bruno to share her anger at being chosen for such a painful fate: ``After all, I am...

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This gently reassuring book, illustrated with whimsical drawings by New Yorker cartoonist Koren, is for children with cancer, their parents and other caretakers.

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