Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Astonishing, Heartbreaking Prose

Autobiography of a Face
by Lucy Grealy

Genre: Memoir

Review:After reading the description, I thought this book would be too sad to read, yet it was honest and clear-eyed. Lucy Grealy was a brilliant writer, a solemn child, daughter of an Irish immigrant. The story begins with a fateful game of dodgeball and follows Lucy through her life, chronicling the way she negotiates with herself, reinventing concepts of beauty and identity again and again. This book is about waiting for your life to start, yet struggling to live your life at the same time, a life no one could ever imagine without experiencing it. 

Note: Read this book as a companion to Truth and Beauty.

Song to Read By: "The Cave" by Mumford and Sons

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