12-21-2009, 02:07 PM
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Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Cincinnati, OH
| | Autobiography of a Face
Has anyone ever read Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy? I am doing a report/presentation on it for my Death & Christian Hope (yeah, seriously) class.
I was a little iffy about reading this because I thought it might bore the heck out of me. Instead, I had a hard time ever putting it down. I tried to describe this but didn't like what I wrote about it, so here is a review from "Publishers Weekly"...
Diagnosed at age nine with Ewing's sarcoma, a cancer that severely disfigured her face, Grealy lost half her jaw, recovered after two and half years of chemotherapy and radiation, then underwent plastic surgery over the next 20 years to reconstruct her jaw. This harrowing, lyrical autobiographical memoir, which grew out of an award-winning article published in Harper's in 1993, is a striking meditation on the distorting effects of our culture's preoccupation with physical beauty. Extremely self-conscious and shy, Grealy endured insults and ostracism as a teenager in Spring Valley, N.Y. At Sarah Lawrence College in the mid-1980s, she discovered poetry as a vehicle for her pent-up emotions. During graduate school at the University of Iowa, she had a series of unsatisfying sexual affairs, hoping to prove she was lovable. No longer eligible for medical coverage, she moved to London to take advantage of Britain's socialized medicine, and underwent a 13-hour operation in Scotland. Grealy now lives in New York City. Her discovery that true beauty lies within makes this a wise and healing book.
It was definitely a good read, I'm so glad I chose this book. I can't wait to do my presentation on it! Just wondering if anyone else here has read it.