The Wig Diaries is Mary Ladd’s irreverent cancer book. Ladd is neither phased by existential gloom, nor delicate sympathy. Through no-nonsense revelations, Ladd’s bold use of black humor makes her diagnosis refreshingly approachable. The Wig Diaries intimately addresses the gravity of cancer, inviting the reader to bear witness to both the horror, and the joke(s).
A fresh modern take on cancer featured in W Magazine and Lithub
Covers and pokes fun at everything from diagnosis to treatment to medical bills
Illustrated by San Francisco Chronicle cartoonist Don Asmussen, who has cancer for the second time
“I love this book.”-Mary Roach, author of the books Grunt, Stiff, Spook, and Bonk
“This looks like a hoot and a half. I want more.”-Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket), author of A Series of Unfortunate Events
“Clear-eyed, fun, and reassuring, it’s the perfect guide!”-Vanessa Hua, author of A River of Stars and Deceit and Other Possibilities
Fans of F*ck Cancer, Cancer is Funny and Healing Through Humor will love this book
This book is perfect for
* Anyone diagnosed with cancer or going through cancer treatment
* Well-meaning friends and family
* Medical professionals
Mary Ladd’s writing has appeared in Playboy, Time Magazine, Health, the San Francisco Chronicle, and in five anthologies, including Lit Starts: Writing Humor from Abrams and the best-selling 642 Things series. You may have seen her onstage at the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, Breast Cancer Action, Bay Area Young Survivors (BAYS) and Litquake. She is a Writers Grotto member who collaborated with Anthony Bourdain on his Bay Area episodes of No Reservations.
Don Asmussen is the creator of Bad Reporter, a twice-weekly political comic strip in the San Francisco Chronicle that is syndicated by Universal Press Syndicate and the author of Dog vs. Cat: A Nation Divided and The San Francisco Comic Strip Book of Big-Ass Mocha.