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Autobiography of A Face

Grealy, Lucy (Book - 2003 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Autobiography of A Face


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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. "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."
Authors: Grealy, Lucy
Title: Autobiography of a face
Publisher: New York :, Perennial,, 2003, c1994
Edition: 1st Perennial ed
Characteristics: 236 p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Lucy Grealy
Contents: 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-consciousness
Cool
Mirrors
Summary: 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. "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."
ISBN: 9780060569662
0060569662
Branch Call Number: B-Gr797a 2003
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Report This Jun 12, 2012
  • erysimum rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I found this book to be incredibly thought provoking. Don't read before bed, you will be thinking too much to sleep!

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Report This Feb 21, 2014
  • Gloriane rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Part of the job of being human is to consistently underestimate our effect on other people.

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