I Don't Wanna Be Pink: How a Single, 39-Year-Old Woman Refused to Let Breast Cancer and Its Fervent Culture Define Her

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Dena Taylor

Dena Taylor is a humorist, copywriter, and microwaves a mean Amy’s burrito. Her writing has been published in Austin Woman magazine and on Fresh Yarn, and her copywriting has been recognized by Pentawards, HOW Magazine, PRINT, and Graphic Design USA, among others. She has written and performed with Austin’s Gag Reflex sketch comedy group, and was hailed a “freak” by megawatt entertainer, Wayne Brady, after generating life-like wind sound effects as a volunteer in one of his Las Vegas shows. She lives in north of Seattle surrounded by loving friends, gifted creatives, and a commotion of fur called Bridget. I Don’t Wanna be Pink is her first book.

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"An immensely relatable, fresh, vigorous voice that bursts off the page with energy and brio. It sounds odd to say that one enjoyed reading a memoir about a battle against breast cancer, but Taylor writes with such epic candor and hilarious turn of phrase that there's no other word for it." --BookLife Prize


"Taylor's account of her sudden derailment into cancer is honest, moving and sneaks-up-on-you funny. If you've ever struggled to find your way through tragedy, I Don't Wanna Be Pink will inspire."  --Kee Kee Buckley, author of Seeking Shama; Co-creator/Producer, "Real America Road Trip"

"From braving a plane ride with a bald head to navigating sexy hook-ups after a double mastectomy, Dena inspires and entertains with her candid, smart and often laugh-out-loud story of the year she never dreamed she'd endure. Loved this one." --Wendi Aarons, award-winning humor writer

"I Don't Wanna Be Pink is a frank and funny take on what it's like to be young, single, self-employed, and diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer. Heartbreaking one minute, hilarious the next, it's a great guide for anyone going through cancer." -- Diane Mapes, aka @double-whammied, author of How to Date in a Post-Dating World