Mammary LaneBy Annie Kinnett Nichols

Plenty of books have been written about battling breast cancer, but Rosemary Griggs’ “Mammary Lane: A Sketchbook of Breast Cancer Survival” tackles the subject in a unique and artful way.

Part primer, part illustrated journal, “Mammary Lane” is written in chronological order from diagnosis to wellness. Drawn in black and white and color, the illustrations show how Griggs’ husband, daughter and the community rallied to support her during treatment. She also found peace and solace working in her garden, which helped her heal.

Even though this is a tough subject, I took my 12-year-old daughter to meet Griggs before a recent signing at Charis Books and More in Little Five Points.  I wanted her to meet a talented artist who was 100 percent cured, happy and back to making the art she loves. There’s such hope, play and gratitude in this book.

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Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.