Thursday, July 20, 2006
Cancer Made Me A Shallower Person by Miriam Engelberg
The subtitle of this book is "A memoir in comics," and it's yet another excellent example of the recent trend of autobiographical comics. (A couple of other good examples are Mom's Cancer by Brian Fies, winner of the 2005 Eisner Award for best digital comic, and Fun Home by Alison Bechdel.)
I really enjoyed this book. It is refreshing to read about someone who freely admits that adversity and pain does not make her a better person. She writes about how she whines and complains a lot, and escapes into the world of TV crossword puzzles to avoid thinking about the cruddy hand she's been dealt.
A great book. I highly recommend it. You can also check out the author's web site at http://miriamengelberg.com/, where you can see the Comic of the Week!