I Had Brain Surgery, What's Your Excuse? Best-selling author/illustrator Becker ("All I Need to Know I Learned From My Cat") cleverly uses cartoons, photos, and great writing to create a unique tragicomedy…
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I Had Brain Surgery, What's Your Excuse? (Spring 2004)

Details Writer: Suzy Becker

Best-selling author/illustrator Becker (''All I Need to Know I Learned From My Cat'') cleverly uses cartoons, photos, and great writing to create a unique tragicomedy of a memoir. After years of suffering from mysterious seizures, Becker underwent brain surgery in 1999 to remove a benign mass -- only to suffer severe speech and memory loss for several months afterward. Warning to the squeamish: Becker doesn't spare the details, real or imagined. Just before going under the knife, she likens her brain surgery to ''popping a zit'' and draws her growth as a scruffy, snaggletoothed troll. Becker manages to cram nearly every page with offbeat sketches, bizarro to-do lists, and regular visits from her bespectacled cartoon alter-ego Augusta. The author is so likable, even in her darkest hour, that as you applaud her recovery you also realize you'll miss looking after her.

Originally posted Mar 12, 2004 Published in issue #755 Mar 12, 2004 Order article reprints
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