Autobiography of A Face

Autobiography of A Face

Book - 1994
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This powerful memoir is about the premium we put on beauty and on a woman's face in particular. It took Lucy Grealy twenty years of living with a distorted self-image and more than thirty reconstructive procedures before she could come to terms with her appearance after childhood cancer and surgery that left her jaw disfigured. As a young girl, she absorbed the searing pain of peer rejection and the paralyzing fear of never being loved.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, c1994.
ISBN: 9780395657805
Branch Call Number: 362.1969 Gre
Characteristics: 223 p. ; 22 cm.


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WVMLStaffPicks Nov 13, 2014

A girl's incredible endurance, understanding, and insight in the face of a disfiguring cancer make this an unforgettable self-portrait.

May 12, 2014

Although Lucy has been dead for a few years one can lean so much about empathy from her story.
One should also read Anne Patchett's book about Lucy Grealy called Truth and Beauty.It is about their 18yr friendship. I loved Anne's book about Lucy, and the strength Lucy had until the very end.

Grealy tells her life story beginning from about age 9 when she was diagnosed with bone cancer. In stark and touching detail Grealy shares her remarkable strength, humor, and resilience as the cancer progresses. The cancer eventually takes 1/3 of her jawbone. Her struggles to remain 'normal' and continue to give and receive love are beautifully written in this moving story.

Feb 06, 2013

This book is astounding, both in this talented writer's storytelling skills and also in her amazingly honest, raw, heart-wrenching, insightful, funny and deep life story. I can't recommend this book enough. An important and yet at times, painful read, with humanity and grace surfacing often throughout these pages. Though I'm an avid library user/reader, I loved this book so much I had to own a copy myself. It's been lent to many a person I know.

erysimum Jun 12, 2012

I found this book to be incredibly thought provoking. Don't read before bed, you will be thinking too much to sleep!


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Gloriane Feb 21, 2014

Part of the job of being human is to consistently underestimate our effect on other people.


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