Autobiography of A Face

Autobiography of A Face

eBook - 1994
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"Lucy Grealy's ruthless self-examination, rich fantasy life, and great derring-do inform this powerful memoir about the premium we put on beauty and on a woman's face in particular. It took Lucy 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 surgery left her jaw disfigured. As a young girl she absorbed the searing pain of peer rejection and the guilty pleasures of wanting to be special. Later she internalized the paralyzing fear of never being loved. Heroically and poignantly, she learned to define herself from the inside out." "This memoir arrives at a time when the worship of beauty in our culture is at an all-time high, a time when more and more women seek physical perfection. Lucy Grealy awakens in us the difficult truth that beauty, finally, is to be found deep within."--BOOK JACKET.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1994.
ISBN: 9780547524122
0547524129
Characteristics: 1 online resource (223 p.)
Contents: Luck
Petting zoo
The Tao of laugh-in
Fear itself
Life on earth
Door number two
Masks
Truth and beauty
World of unknowing
The habits of self-consciousness
Cool
Mirrors.
Summary: "Lucy Grealy's ruthless self-examination, rich fantasy life, and great derring-do inform this powerful memoir about the premium we put on beauty and on a woman's face in particular. It took Lucy 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 surgery left her jaw disfigured. As a young girl she absorbed the searing pain of peer rejection and the guilty pleasures of wanting to be special. Later she internalized the paralyzing fear of never being loved. Heroically and poignantly, she learned to define herself from the inside out." "This memoir arrives at a time when the worship of beauty in our culture is at an all-time high, a time when more and more women seek physical perfection. Lucy Grealy awakens in us the difficult truth that beauty, finally, is to be found deep within."--BOOK JACKET.

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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.

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akstockton
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.

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steph333
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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Part of the job of being human is to consistently underestimate our effect on other people.

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