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By Lucy Grealy

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“This is a tender woman’s first booklet, the tale of her personal existence, and either ebook and existence are unforgettable.” —New York Times

“Engaging and engrossing, a narrative of grace in addition to cruelty, and an indication of [Grealy's] personal wit and magnificence and class."—Washington put up ebook World

This strong memoir is set the top rate we wear attractiveness and on a woman's face particularly. It took Lucy Grealy 20 years of residing with a distorted self-image and greater than thirty reconstructive methods sooner than she may possibly come to phrases together with her visual appeal after youth melanoma and surgical procedure that left her jaw disfigured. As a tender woman, she absorbed the searing ache of peer rejection and the paralyzing worry of by no means being loved.

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