Tumor: A Selected Bibliography

October 18th, 2017

Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things. One in two men and one in three women will develop invasive cancer. Tumors have the power to redefine identities and change how people live with one another. Tumor takes readers on an intellectual adventure around the attitudes that shape how humans do scientific research, treat cancer, and talk about disease, treatment, and death. With poetic verve and acuity, Anna Leahy explores why and how tumors happen, how we think and talk about them, and how we try to rid ourselves of them. Object Lessons is published in partnership with an essay series in The Atlantic. Anna Leahy will discuss Tumor, along with Kim Adrian (Sock), and Harry Brown (Golf Ball), on Wednesday, 10/25, 6pm at 57th Street Books.

The Bright Hour by Nina Riggs - A beautifully written memoir by a poet diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer
Memoir of a Debulked Woman by Susan Gubar - A brutally honest, incredibly smart memoir by a literary scholar diagnosed with ovarian cancer
Malignant: How Cancer Becomes Us by S. Lochlann Jain - A fascinating book that blends a personal and sociological take on what cancer means
Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy - An enduring memoir about the lifelong struggle after childhood cancer that was cured
The Iceberg by Marion Coutts - A gorgeously written memoir by an artist whose art critic husband was diagnosed with brain cancer
Afterimage by Carla Malden - A story of love and the surviving the loss of a husband to colon cancer
The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan - An engaging story of the author and her father facing cancer at the same time
The Long Goodbye by Meghan O'Rourke - A poet's story of her mother's colon cancer and end of life that weaves in cultural research
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanathi - An amazing, beautiful, moving, and smart memoir by a physician who is diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer
Cancer Made Me a Shallower Person by Miriam Engelberg - A funny, heart-wrenching, honest memoir in comics by a woman diagnosed with breast cancer

About Anna Leahy: Anna Leahy is the author of the nonfiction book Tumor and the poetry collection Aperture, and the co-author of Generation Space: A Love Story and Conversing with Cancer. Her essays have appeared at The Atlantic, Pop Sugar, The Southern Review, The Pinch, and elsewhere and won the top awards from Ninth Letter and Dogwood in 2016. She directs the MFA program at Chapman University, where she edits the international journal TAB and curates the Tabula Poetica reading series. See more at www.amleahy.com, @amleahy, and www.facebook.com/amleahy.
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