Autobiography of a Face

Autobiography of a Face

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Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy

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. Selected as one of the Best Books of the Year by the Voice Literary Supplement and USA Today

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ISBN-13: 9780060569662
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/18/2003
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.57(d)
Lexile: 1200L (what's this?)

About the Author

LUCY GREALY (1963−2002), an award-winning poet, attended the Iowa Writer's Workshop. She was a fellow at the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and a guest of the Yaddo Corporation. Her article for Harper's, "Mirrorings," on which Autobiography of a Face was based, received the National Magazine Award.

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Autobiography of a Face 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
Schmutz93 More than 1 year ago
Autobiography of a face is the autobiography of Lucy Grealy, a very talented writer. It tells of her first struggles as a child, all the way to after her college days. It takes you in depth into the hospital world as if you were her, being treated and operated on. She tells of going through school with about a third of her jaw line missing because of cancer. If you thought the kids in your neighborhood were cruel, then prepare yourself for a forceful revelation that you really didn't have it so bad. This book will chew you up and spit you out, but at the end of your journey through Lucy's life, you will somehow feel enlightened and even thankful for everything you have, ad also the things that you don't. So, stop feeling sorry for yourself and pickup this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is probably one of the best non-fiction book I ever read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book several years ago, and Lucy's story stayed with me. . She is an exceptional writer, and her story is one you simply must read.  On a scale from 1 to 10, her book is a 10.  Buy it, read it, share it when you're done.  You'll be glad you did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is soo sad But its a real eye opener
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
read this book for school and fell in love with it, i was so in touch with the character and i found myself brought to tears at some parts but love the ending and everything else about the book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My grandmother had cancer and she found out that it did not spread the day i was born so it was emotional for me.
Anonymous 11 months ago
The author guides the reader into the world of this child, enabling you to understand her views and reactions that she herself cannot understand yet.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book. Definitely worth reading.
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This is a really good its so intresting
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Really good book
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Very qood read worth $
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Got this from my parents and I thought it was a very interesting read.
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Blue Mabry More than 1 year ago
Heartwarming and dramatic. This book not only shows the digficulty of lifes obstacles around one person, but if you can breach through those obstacles. It shows one how to experience humility and faith within yourself and i found it being an excellent book to read.
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