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Autobiography of a Face
Autobiography of a Face
Author: Lucy Grealy
The bestselling memoir by a woman who survived terminal illness only to confront the tragedy of being deemed unacceptable in a world that worships physical beauty. — Lucy Grealy would have led a fairly ordinary suburban childhood in New York state had she not, at the age of nine, been diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma in her jaw, a rare and ra...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780060976736
ISBN-10: 006097673X
Publication Date: 9/1995
Pages: 240
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  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 55 ratings
Publisher: Perennial (HarperCollins)
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 17
Dismal and bleak, this depicts the story of an introspective woman struggling through adolescence with only part of a face. The writing is strong, the observations keen and telling. I felt the last 1/3 could have used the same detail and storytelling as the first 2/3.
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Helpful Score: 7
A remarkable book. A remarkable life. Do yourself a favor and read this and then read Ann Patchett's book, Truth & Beauty, about her friendship with this author.
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Helpful Score: 5
Can you imagine: being a teenage girl, losing much of your face to cancer, and returning to school. This is a story of pain, taunting, resiliency and strength. How she went through school, graduated from college - and all she endured in the process. A beautifully written story of an unconquerable spirit. You will love this book.
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Helpful Score: 4
read this during college...wonderful book to help understand how a child deals with being different. It conitues into adulthood...just excellent reading. If you can remember books some 10 years later..than its good :)
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Helpful Score: 4
Sad story (with a sadder ending, not in the book), but beautifully written. Lucy was truly a gifted writer - don't read this as an autobiography, but rather as a piece of well-crafted literature.
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I had previously read a book about her by Ann Patchett. This book filled in details from Lucy's point of view. The other had more "dirt" on her. I liked being able to read about her from both perspectives.
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i read this book on a plane ride to and from Vegas last year. Very heartbreaking but once you discover the strength this woman had to overcome her insecurities you will appreciate her even more.
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A story of both pain and resilience experienced by the author - dealing with the pain of feeling ugly, peer rejection, wanting to be accepted and perfect - as a result of a disfiguring cancer.


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