Autobiography of a Face Author:Lucy Grealy "...a memoir of great beauty. In her intensely elegant prose, Lucy Grealy describes the loneliness of pain, the confusion of childhood, the slow shock of her disfigured face with an exquisite, unblinking intelligence that is both gracious and, improbably, filled with joy..." - from a review by Cathleen Schine, author of "Rameau's Niece"
An amazing story - I read this in a day. From her initial diagnosis at a young age of Ewing's sarcoma, the author chronicles her journey through childhood, teen years and early adulthood, from the innocence of not even realizing the seriousness of her disease or the severity of her treatment, through radiation and chemotherapy treatments, the solitude and loneliness of years of reconstructive procedures that yielded no real physical results and through her various methods of coping with her disfigured face. I'd love to see this book become required reading for every teen - there's a lesson to be learned within these pages.