Saturday, October 17, 2009

Review: Autobiography of a Face

Autobiography of a Face is more than a memoir, it is a master piece. The story is Lucy Grealy's own, about cancer, family, bravery, survival and beauty. It begins with her diagnosis of Ewing sarcoma, which required the removal of half of her jaw, followed with two and half years of chemo and radiation.

Grealy gives an insiders view to the world of hospitals and sickness. She writes candidly and poetically about what it is to be brave, ugly, and alone. Despite the subject, or perhaps because of it, the book is movingly uplifting, while making you reassess definitions of beauty and struggle.

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