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Janet & Me: An Illustrated Story of Love and Loss
Simon & Schuster, October 2004, Paperback Original

In words and drawings both candid and human, Stan Mack follows his eighteen-year relationship with Janet Bode, a lighthearted fling that beat the odds to become an enduring love affair. The only thing they couldn’t beat was cancer.

“Janet & Me is a poignant and inspiring story of love, loss, and unexpected gain, made all the more powerful by the elegant simplicity of the illustrations.”
—Jerome Groopman, M.D., Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and author of The Anatomy of Hope

“This compassionate, irresistible memoir is a gift to all of us.”
—Gloria Steinem, author, Moving Beyond Words

"Janet and Me taught me a new trick—how to giggle and cry at the same time.”
—Barbara Ehrenreich, author, Nickel and Dimed, On (Not) Getting By in America

“There’s charm and warmth in Mack’s style even when the content is grim, and you somehow feel his presence most poignantly in that very contradiction.”
—Joyce Johnson, The New York Times Book Review

“Janet & Me…is poignant and powerful. [Stan’s] love for [Janet] shines through on every page.”
—Picks&Pans, People magazine

“[A] frank, bruising and devastatingly beautiful chronicle…”
—Brad Zellar, the Minneapolis Star Tribune

“…keeping vocabulary and syntax beautifully simple, and happily marrying text and drawing on every page, Mack surpasses himself as artist, writer and designer.”
—Ray Olson, Booklist


“…his improbably moving and downright funny illustrations drive this book right out of the crowded field of cancer memoirs.”
—starred review, Publishers Weekly

“What emerges is a story more sweet than sad and a picture of a woman not dying but living…”
—Robert Ito, Los Angeles magazine

“Janet & Me is about caregiving, but only in the way that Moby-Dick is about whaling. …Mack’s memoir…offers much more about the human emotions involved in the tricky business of death and dying…”
—Margo Hammond, St. Petersburg Times

“Janet & Me is a true story of caring so deep and compelling that one wants it to go on forever.”
—Al Martinez, Los Angeles Times

“Janet & Me” is full of the most extraordinary strength and pathos, all conveyed with the characteristic wit and humility of a master artist at the height of his powers.”
—Charles Donelan, The Santa Barbara Independent

“…[a] deeply touching memoir…and very effective prose/graphic hybrid. Highly recommended…”
—starred review, Library Journal

"This poignant tale speaks directly to the urban Boomer experience about tenderness and mortality."
—Paul Kleyman, AgeBeat Online