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The Resource Cancer made me a shallower person : a memoir in comics, Miriam Engelberg

Cancer made me a shallower person : a memoir in comics, Miriam Engelberg

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Cancer made me a shallower person : a memoir in comics
Title
Cancer made me a shallower person
Title remainder
a memoir in comics
Statement of responsibility
Miriam Engelberg
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Review
  • 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 naïve 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) --Staff (Reviewed March 13, 2006) (Publishers Weekly, vol 253, issue 11, p49)
  • 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 someone…nobler and more courageous…. But…maybe 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, --Bette-Lee Fox (Reviewed May 15, 2006) (Library Journal, vol 131, issue 9, p122)
Biography type
autobiography
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145764
Cataloging source
DLC
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1958-2006
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Engelberg, Miriam
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Interest level
UG
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Reading level
4.1
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True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
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  • Engelberg, Miriam
  • Breast
  • Cartoonists
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a memoir in comics
Label
Cancer made me a shallower person : a memoir in comics, Miriam Engelberg
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 115-121)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
605906
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xiii, 126 pages
Isbn
9780060789732
Isbn Type
(pbk)
Lccn
2005055141
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780060789732
Label
Cancer made me a shallower person : a memoir in comics, Miriam Engelberg
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 115-121)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
605906
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xiii, 126 pages
Isbn
9780060789732
Isbn Type
(pbk)
Lccn
2005055141
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780060789732

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