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Author Grealy, Lucy.

Title Autobiography of a face / Lucy Grealy.

Publication Info. New York : Perennial, 2003.


Location Call No. Status
 Bristol, Main Library - Non Fiction  B GREALY, LUCY c.2  Check Shelf
 Burlington Public Library - Teen  YB GREALY c.2  Check Shelf
 Cromwell-Belden Public Library - Adult Department  B GREALY    Check Shelf
 Farmington, Main Library - Teen Department  TEEN B GREALY, LUCY    Check Shelf
 Middletown, Russell Library - Adult Nonfiction  362.1969 GRE    Check Shelf
 Rocky Hill, Cora J. Belden Library - Adult Department  B GREALY    Check Shelf
 West Hartford, Bishop's Corner Branch - Biographies  B GREALY LUCY G    Check Shelf
 West Hartford, Noah Webster Library - Biographies  B GREALY LUCY G    Check Shelf
Edition First Perennial edition.
Description 236 pages ; 21 cm
Note "With an afterword by Ann Patchett" -- Cover.
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."
Subject Grealy, Lucy.
Ewing's sarcoma -- Patients -- United States -- Biography.
Disfigured persons -- United States -- Biography.
Adaptation, Psychological -- Personal Narratives.
Body Image -- Personal Narratives.
Jaw Neoplasms -- psychology -- Personal Narratives.
Sarcoma, Ewing -- Personal Narratives.
ISBN 0060569662
Standard No. 9780060569662
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