Thursday, February 26, 2009

Autobiography of a Face

Author: Lucy Grealy

First line: My friend Stephan and I used to do pony parties together.

Why you should read this book: At the age of nine, Lucy Grealy began five years of treatment for a cancerous growth on her jaw, after which she spent twenty years undergoing reconstructive operations to restore her "real" face. This is the considered, intimate, and honest reflection of her journey to acceptance as she examines the notions of beauty, ugliness, love, and loss with the eye of a studied observer and the ear of a poet. A very powerful memoir of a powerful life, written without facade or apology, only truth and hope.

Why you shouldn't read this book: You've never felt ugly, and you've never looked at anyone else and thought they were ugly either.

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