Ann Tenna (Knopf, September 2015)

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From the celebrated New Yorker cartoonist and acclaimed author of Cancer Vixen, a brilliant, funny, and wildly imaginative first novel: the story of an influential gossip columnist brought face-to-face with her higher self—and a challenge to change her life for the better.

Glamorous, superconnected Ann Tenna is the founder of Eyemauler, a New York City-based Web site that’s always the first to dish the most up-to-the-minute dirt on celebrities and ordinary folks alike. Ann has ascended to the zenith of the New York media scene, attended by groups of grovelers all too willing to be trampled on by her six-inch Giuseppe Zanottis if it means better seats at the table. 

But as high as her success has taken her, Ann has actually fallen far—very far—from her true self. It takes a near-fatal freak accident on her birthday—April Fool’s Day—and an intervention from her cosmic double in a realm beyond our own to make Ann realize the full cost of the humanity she has lost. 

Told with laugh-out-loud humor, spot-on dialogue (including via cameo appearances from Coco Chanel, Gianni Versace, and Jimi Hendrix, to name just a few), and stunning, full-color artwork, Ann Tenna is a timely, necessary tale for our overly “media-cated” times: the newest, much-anticipated adventure from a supremely gifted artist at the height of her powers. See more...


Also by Marisa Acocella

Cancer Vixen: A True Story

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“What happens when a shoe-crazy, lipstick-obsessed, wine-swilling, pasta-slurping, fashion-fanatic, about-to-get-married big-city girl cartoonist with a fabulous life finds . . . a lump in her breast?” That’s the question that sets this powerful, funny, and poignant graphic memoir in motion. In vivid color and with a taboo-breaking sense of humor, Marisa Acocella Marchetto tells the story of her eleven-month, ultimately triumphant bout with breast cancer—from diagnosis to cure, and every challenging step in between. See more...

“Powerful . . . A vibrant, neon chronicle with plenty of attitude . . . A triumph of imagination and spirit.”
—Los Angeles Times

Just Who the Hell Is SHE, Anyway?

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In January 1993, SHE became the first strip to be featured in a monthly fashion magazine—and SHE became a sensation. Women from coast to coast, from college dorms to corporate boardrooms, found a part of themselves in Marisa Acocella's smart, sassy creation. Fresh from her debut in the pages of Mirabella, SHE is the wayward daughter of suburbia, the defiant schoolgirl, the escapee from the office cubicle, the lost love of various boys du jour, the one who got away from them all. SHE is unique. SHE is everywoman. And her story is familiar to us all. Just Who the Hell Is SHE, Anyway? is not a collection of pieces, but the autobiography of a leggy, two-dimensional character who has risen from a talented artist's sketch pad to conquer the hearts and minds of women and men alike with her wit and candor. SHE is the New Woman—and this is the book that answers the question that the world has asked since Adam first laid eyes on Eve—Just Who the Hell Is SHE, Anyway?