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Autobiography of A Face

Grealy, Lucy (Book - 2003 )
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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
Subject Headings: Grealy, Lucy Ewing's sarcoma Patients United States Biography Disfigured persons United States Biography
Topical Term: Ewing's sarcoma
Disfigured persons
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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 sentimental... Read More »

At age nine, Lucy Grealy was diagnosed with cancer and had a third of her jaw removed. In this strikingly candid memoir, the author tells her story of suffering and strength without sentimentality and with considerable wit. Anne Patchett’s book Truth and Beauty is about her deep friendship with ... Read More »

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. Of her experience she said, "I spent five years of my life being treated for cancer, but since then I've spent fi... Read More »


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Although Lucy has been dead for a few years one can lean so much about empathy from her story.
One should also read Anne Patchett's book about Lucy Grealy called Truth and Beauty.It is about their 18yr friendship. I loved Anne's book about Lucy, and the strength Lucy had until the very end.

Grealy tells her life story beginning from about age 9 when she was diagnosed with bone cancer. In stark and touching detail Grealy shares her remarkable strength, humor, and resilience as the cancer progresses. The cancer eventually takes 1/3 of her jawbone. Her struggles to remain 'normal' and continue to give and receive love are beautifully written in this moving story.

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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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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