Thursday, August 31, 2006

Cancer Made Me a Shallower Person

This is a graphic novel memoir by Miriam Engleberg. The author catalogs her feelings and adventures following her diagnosis with breast cancer. The result is touching, insightful, and at times genuinely funny. Engelberg takes on notions of how cancer patients are expected to feel, like those optimistic, spiritual-minded "survivor" types, with a humor that is more envious than caustic. It’s a dangerous game, making light of illness, but Engelberg pulls it off with an odd mix of compassion and wit.


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