Beauty and the Breast: A Tale of Breast Cancer, Love, and Friendship

Coffeetown. Oct. 2016. 192p. photos. ISBN 9781603815260. pap. $14.95. MEMOIR
Cancer patients must each find a way to face their diagnosis and take on the big questions with regard to treatments as well as small, day-to-day concerns. Here, Gerber (The Hysterectomy Waltz) chronicles it all, including conversations with her family, her experience with radiation, the love she found in a support group, and more in short, easily digestible chapters. She also includes clear, black-and-white close-ups of her affected breast during various stages of treatment, among other images.
VERDICT Illness memoirs abound, and plenty of them address life with cancer; the featured photographs of the author make this one stand out among the pack.
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