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Cancer Vixen: A True Story Hardcover – 26 Sep 2006

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  • Hardcover: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf; 1 edition (26 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307263576
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307263575
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 2 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,061,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What happens when a shoe-crazy, lipstick-obsessed, wine-swilling, pasta-slurping, fashion-fanatic, madly-in-love, single-forever, about-to-get-married big city girl cartoonist with a fabulous life finds! - a lump in her breast!? Marisa Acocella Marchetto - said New York cartoonist and downtown party girl - answers this question, and many more, in this touching and often funny comic-strip chronicle of her 11-month battle with breast cancer. Drawing (literally) on everything from her first mammogram to radiation treatments, she tells the story of her illness with honesty, bravery and searing Manhattanite humour. Unflinching in her observations and unflagging in spirit, Marchetto confronts the disease head-on, refusing to become a cancer 'victim'. Instead, she wears designer shoes to her chemo sessions and marries her long-time love, Manhattan restaurateur, Silvano Marchetto, along the way laughing and crying with her friends, arguing with her mother (a.k.a. 'smother') and striking up conversations with God. While laughing in the face of her illness at every available opportunity, Marchetto never trivialises it. "Cancer Vixen" is courageous, honest, funny and frightening, but above all, it achieves the almost impossible, in taking a woman's worst fear and transforming it into something uplifting, inspiring and life-affirming.

Amazon.co.uk Exclusive: A Cartoon from Marisa Acocella Marchetto

Meet Marisa, a self-described "shoe-crazy, lipstick-obsessed, wine-swilling, pasta-slurping, fashion-fanatic, single-forever, about-to-get-married big-city girl cartoonist with a fabulous life." Her graphic memoir, Cancer Vixen describes what happens when she finds a lump in her breast. Want to know what happens to an author when they discover their sales rank at Amazon.co.uk? Read Marisa's exclusive strip below to find out.












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'I found this memoir enormously funny and perceptive, with the bonus of being lovely to look at…She draws an honest sadness, but she does so with humour and self-deprecating, the polar opposite of those ghastly tabloid 'my brave battle' cancer stories…as inspiring as those memoirs usually aim to be, but far funnier than most.' Stella Duffy, Guardian

‘a terrific book…The book is brilliant for several reasons. First, the drawing, a more mainstream version of her pocket cartoon style is peerless with lovely bright colours, and moments of wonderful inventiveness…The storytelling is great too. I read it and I read it again a couple of days later and I'd recommend it to anyone whatever their state of health.' William Leith, Sunday Telegraph

'What's new about Marisa Acocella Marchetto' s Pop Art, chick-lit confessional is that she is a sassy if superficial “fashionista”: cartoonist; celebrity wife-to be to a top restaurateur in New York's well-heeled high society: and uninsured when cancer strikes. Hers is the self-deprecating but defiant story of how her man, her (s)mother and her friends, family, faith and a passion for crafting these comics help her 'kick cancer in the butt…in five inch heels.' Daily Telegraph

'Astute and ab-fabulously uplifting – whether you have experience of the big C or not you will want to read this in one sitting.' Metro

'Inspirational and entertaining.' Sainsbury's Magazine

'There are plenty of websites and books about breast cancer to keep you well informed (and terrified), but few are any fun. Not so Marisa Marchetto's graphic memoir, “Cancer Vixen”…There are important lessons about treatment options too.' Ariel Levy, The Scotsman

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Can't believe I'm the first to review this - I thought there'd be lots of rave reviews up already. I'm Dutch, I'm a man, I don't have cancer; and still this book by a New Yorker/Italian, a female cartoonist, with hopefully ex-cancer, has strong resonance. It's funny, it's honest, and as several of my friends have had (or have) breast cancer it is quite scary to see the symptoms laid bare. And the feelings, and the fears.... all familiar, all new. Keep on kicking against that bastard cancer, Ms Acocella, we need all the hope we can get - and you gave it well, with this book. Thank you.
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Marissa's the sort of woman I'd normally go out of my way to avoid, but how can you not warm to her after reading this? Cancer, it seems, can make human beings out of even the most self-absorbed people (and it doesn't always do so, so credit to the author for clearly having an abundance of self-deprecating humour and insight to begin with). I don't know what other work she's done, but this book will surely be a fine and lasting testament no matter what else survives. Beautifully drawn and movingly told, this is the exact opposite of miserable. By the end, you'll want to hug her, buy her glass of wine and tell her how wrong first impressions can be.

Make sure you don't buy the Italian version by mistake (unless you speak Italian, of course). Otherwise, just enjoy this marvellous book.
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A totally unique book. Everyone's experience of cancer is different, but I think anyone going through breast cancer would get something very positive and uplifting from it. By turns bright and funny, and heart-stoppingly emotional... I just hope the forthcoming movie can do it justice.
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funny, sad, horrifying.... and I mean when women blatentley try and chat the authors husband up... in front of her.
a true story of a woman's fight and win over cancer. worth reading if you have been there or not. the images are lovely to look at and mixed with the words this is a great read
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I am a 17 year old girl, aspiring to go into medicine at university. I read about how this book helped a doctor communicate with cancer patients, so decided it could be an interesting read. Being part way through a different, traditional hard-read book, this felt like such an easier read with the comic strip layout which I really enjoyed. I liked the honest way she described the process and treatment, and included all the other little bits about her life. Have recommended to my friends and family and my mum also really enjoyed it and found it really relatable. Definitely recommend!!
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