Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy

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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.
 

About Lucy Grealy

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Lucy Grealy is an award-winning poet and author of the highly acclaimed memoir Autobiography of a Face (New York Times Notable Book of the Year). She lives in New York City and is currently working on a novel.
 
Published September 27, 1994 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 260 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Professional & Technical, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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A gracefully written account of one woman's physical and spiritual struggle to surmount childhood cancer, permanent disfigurement, and, ultimately, ``the deep bottomless grief...called ugliness.'' After surviving relentless medical horrors—the removal at age nine of half her jaw due to Ewin...

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Diagnosed at age nine with Ewing's sarcoma, a cancer that severely disfigured her face, Grealy lost half her jaw, recovered after two and half years of chemotherapy and radiation, then underwent plast

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Diagnosed at age nine with Ewing's sarcoma, a cancer that severely disfigured her face, Grealy lost half her jaw, recovered after two and half years of chemotherapy and radiation, then underwent plastic surgery over the next 20 years to reconstruct her jaw.

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Entertainment Weekly

Her indomitable wit (about everything from losing her hair to her lack of dates) and her endless capacity for hope convert the pain of her life into a book that can only be described as a pleasure.

Nov 04 1994 | Read Full Review of Autobiography of a Face

Story Circle Book Reviews

About a year ago I had the good fortune to read Ann Patchett's Truth & Beauty, a book about her late best friend, the poet Lucy Grealy.

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