CANCER VIXEN: By Marisa Acocella Marchetto

Book Reviews, Cancer Websites — By on March 12, 2010 at 4:29 am

cancervixenbookcover2“[Marchetto’s] inspiring comic-book memoir cannily plays with the idea of cancer survivor as superhero.”—W magazine

“A boldly told, vibrantly illustrated serial cartoon. . .that will make readers never look at animation in the same way again.”—New York Daily News

“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 set CANCER VIXEN, Marisa Acocella Marchetto’s graphic memoir of her eleven-month battle with breast cancer, into motion.

Three years after its original hardcover publication, the “big city girl cartoonist”—Marisa Acocella Marchetto—may still be shoe-crazy and lipstick-obsessed, but it’d be an understatement to say her life has changed.

Named one of’s top ten graphic novels of 2006, one of Entertainment Weekly’s 50 Best Memoirs of 2006, and’s Medical Book of the Year, CANCER VIXEN has become an iconic rallying cry for women diagnosed with the disease.

Published in ten countries, the book has become an international sensation, and Marisa has not only used her survivor’s profile to found and chair the Cancer Vixen Fund at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York City—a charity that provides free mammograms to women without health insurance—she has also become a national spokeswoman and source of strength and knowledge about breast cancer for countless other women.

CANCER VIXEN is the same inspiring, empowering, and visually stunning story it was in hardcover, but the repackaging reflects a changed author: she’s a woman who fought a disease, kicked its butt, helped others face and conquer cancer, and made some serious life lemonade.

About the author:
Marisa Acocella Marchetto is a cartoonist for The New Yorker and Glamour. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times and Modern Bride, among other publications. She is the founder and chair of the Cancer Vixen Fund at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York City, where she lives.

Please visit: Marisa Marchetto for more information about Marisa, The Cancer Vixen Fund and the wonderful work Marisa does on behalf of uninsured women.

Visit: Amazon Books to order a copy now.

CANCER VIXEN: By Marisa Acocella Marchetto
Pantheon Books–September 29, 2009; $16.95–ISBN: 978-0-375-71474-0

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