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Autobiography of a Face

ISBN-10: 0060569662
ISBN-13: 9780060569662
Edition: 2003
Authors: Lucy Grealy
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Description: "I spent five years of my life being treated for cancer, but since then I've spent fifteen years being treated for nothing other than looking different from everyone else. It was the pain from that, from feeling ugly, that I always viewed as the  More...

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Book details

List price: $14.99
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 3/18/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

"I spent five years of my life being treated for cancer, but since then I've spent fifteen years being treated for nothing other than looking different from everyone else. It was the pain from that, from feeling ugly, that I always viewed as the great tragedy of my life. The fact that I had cancer seemed minor in comparison." At age nine, Lucy Grealy was diagnosed with a potentially terminal cancer. When she returned to school with a third of her jaw removed, she faced the cruel taunts of classmates. In this strikingly candid memoir, Grealy tells her story of great suffering and remarkable strength without sentimentality and with considerable wit. Vividly portraying the pain of peer rejection and the guilty pleasures of wanting to be special, Grealy captures with unique insight what it is like as a child and young adult to be torn between two warring impulses: to feel that more than anything else we want to be loved for who we are, while wishing desperately and secretly to be perfect.

Lucy Grealy, an award-winning poet, was born in Ireland in 1963. She lived in the UK and in Germany but spent most of her life in New York, where she grew up, and where she died in 2002. She also published a collection of essays, As Seen on TV: Provocations.

Prologue
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-Conciousness
Cool
Mirrors
Acknowledgments
Afterword

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