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Autobiography of a face

Author: Lucy Grealy
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Company, [1994] ©1994
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Lucy Grealy's ruthless self-examination, rich fantasy life, and great derring-do inform this powerful memoir about the premium we put on beauty and on a woman's face in particular. It took Lucy twenty years of living with a distorted self-image and more than thirty reconstructive procedures before she could come to terms with her appearance after childhood surgery left her jaw disfigured. As a young girl she  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Biography
Personal narratives
Young adult nonfiction
Popular Works
Autobiography
Personal Narratives
Named Person: Lucy Grealy; Lucy Grealy
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lucy Grealy
ISBN: 0395657806 9780395657805 006097673X 9780060976736
OCLC Number: 30156226
Description: 223 pages ; 21 cm
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.
Responsibility: Lucy Grealy.
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"Lucy Grealy's ruthless self-examination, rich fantasy life, and great derring-do inform this powerful memoir about the premium we put on beauty and on a woman's face in particular. It took Lucy twenty years of living with a distorted self-image and more than thirty reconstructive procedures before she could come to terms with her appearance after childhood surgery left her jaw disfigured. As a young girl she absorbed the searing pain of peer rejection and the guilty pleasures of wanting to be special. Later she internalized the paralyzing fear of never being loved. Heroically and poignantly, she learned to define herself from the inside out. This memoir arrives at a time when the worship of beauty in our culture is at an all-time high, a time when more and more women seek physical perfection. Lucy Grealy awakens in us the difficult truth that beauty, finally, is to be found deep within."--Jacket.

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