“Beauty, as defined by society at large, seemed to be only about who was best at looking like everyone else.”
I haven't read this book yet, but I really want to talk about it. According to my research, Grealy was diagnosed at age nine with Ewing's sarcoma, a cancer that severely disfigured her face. She 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.
Described as a harrowing, lyrical autobiographical memoir, which grew out of an award-winning article published in Harper's in 1993, this memoir serves as a striking meditation on the distorting effects of our culture's preoccupation with physical beauty.
We follow Grealy through enduring insults and ostracism as a self-conscious teenager in Spring Valley, N.Y. to Sarah Lawrence College in the mid-1980s, where she discovers poetry as a vehicle for her pent-up emotions. Fighting to feel love and fighting against the American medical industry, this memoir is about discovery where beauty truly lies. From within.
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