Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2006

Cancer Vixen by Marissa Acocella Marchetto (Knopf)

Known for her New Yorker cartoons of fashionable young women and their complicated lives, Marissa Acocella Marchetto gets serious (but not too serious) in Cancer Vixen, a funny and often moving memoir of her experience after being diagnosed with breast cancer. At 43 and finally engaged, Acocella Marchetto faces difficult decisions both large (what kind of therapy) and small (what shoes to wear to chemo.) As brightly colored as a lipstick display, Cancer Vixen goes beyond its Sex in the City milieu to a level of depth you might not have expected from an admitted fashionista.