“Pale Girl Speaks: A Year Uncovered” (Seal Press) follows the life of Hillary Fogelson, a 20-something blogger and a fair-skinned sun worshiper in Los Angeles who gets skin cancer.
The book is Fogelson’s memoir of a year of battling malignant melanoma, the most deadly form of cancer in women ages 25 to 30. It’s a terrifying battle, but Fogelson has a witty voice, and the memoir has a darkly hilarious quality as she leads readers through her diagnosis and surgery, her anxiety and neuroses, her increasing reliance on alcohol and her desire to be a proactive cancer patient.
It is only when her father discovers that he also has melanoma that Fogelson confronts her own fears.
Fogelson, whose cancer was first diagnosed when she was 25, has had three melanomas and is now an activist on the topic of sun protection. Through her website, PaleGirlSpeaks.com, and Twitter account, she shares resources, advice and testimonials from other survivors.