Isabella Biedenharn
June 10, 2016 AT 12:00 PM EDT

I'm Just a Person

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Tig Notaro
publisher
Ecco
genre
Memoir

We gave it an A-

If you’ve seen Tig Notaro’s Netflix documentary Tig or her HBO stand-up special, or listened to her comedy album Live, then you’re likely already familiar with her story: During four months in 2012, she contracted a painful intestinal disease, her mother died suddenly, she went through a breakup, and then, after all that, she was diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer. What’s almost as impressive as Notaro’s now-thriving career and personal life is the fact that she’s still finding new ways to approach the same dreadful subject with her deadpan wit. This slim memoir takes an interior view, focusing far more on her thoughts and familial relationships than on her stand-up or fertility struggles, and adding more depth and emotion to an already mind-boggling series of events. A–

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