Cancer Made Me a Shallower Person: A Memoir in Comics

Selected by Jeanne Goodrich, executive director for the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District.

In Cancer Made Me a Shallower Person: A Memoir in Comics (Harper Perennial, 2006) the late Miriam Engelberg has done the unthinkable: made her “journey”—from diagnosis through treatment to subsequent diagnosis of metastasis—roll-on-the-floor funny. Through her naïve cartooning style and the limitations of thought bubbles, she pares down her experiences to jagged nuggets portraying her thoughts, feelings, reactions and self-judgments with harrowing honesty. Her “shallow” is a mile deep and well worth plumbing.

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By Brjden Crewe

Local band Rhyme N Rhythm has stayed true to the essence of hip-hop since forming in 2006. Their latest music and philanthropic effort spotlights the key elements of hip-hop culture: MCs, b-boys, beatboxing, DJs, spoken word and graffiti. The show, called The Elements, offers a local lineup and benefits the local Boys & Girls Club. In addition to a performance by Rhyme N Rhythm, you’ll get a solid sampling of Las Vegas’ hip-hop scene. Ras One and Phoenix Orion will host.