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Autobiography of a Face

By Lucy Grealy
  • ISBN Code: : 0547524129
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Pages : 258
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
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In this celebrated memoir and exploration of identity, cancer transforms the author’s face, childhood, and the rest of her life. At age nine, Lucy Grealy was diagnosed with a potentially terminal cancer. When she returned to school with a third of her jaw removed, she faced the cruel taunts of classmates. It took her twenty years of living with a distorted self-image and more than thirty years of reconstructive procedures before she could come to terms with her appearance. In this lyrical and strikingly candid memoir, Grealy tells her story of great suffering and remarkable strength without sentimentality and with considerable wit. She captures what it is like as a child and a young adult to be torn between two warring impulses: to feel that more than anything else we want to be loved for who we are, while wishing desperately and secretly to be perfect. A New York Times Notable Book “This is a young woman’s first book, the story of her own life, and both book and life are unforgettable.” —New York Times “Engaging and engrossing, a story of grace as well as cruelty, and a demonstration of [Grealy's] own wit and style and class."—Washington Post Book World

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  • Pdf File: beyond-foundations.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Sharpen advising expertise by exploring critical issues affecting the field Beyond Foundations, a core resource for experienced academic advisors, gives practitioners insight into important issues affecting academic advising. In addition to gaining understanding of foundational concepts and pressing concerns, master advisors engage with case studies to clarify their roles as educators of students, as thought leaders in institutions, and as advocates for the profession. Pillar documents—the NACADA Core Values, NACADA Concept of Academic Advising, and CAS Standards—serve as sources of both information and inspiration for those seeking to improve advising. New strategies inform advisors helping a diverse student population delineate meaningful educational goals. Each chapter prompts productive discussions with fellow advisors interested in cultivating advising excellence. To promote advisor influence in higher education, experienced contributors explain new trends—including the impact of external forces and legal issues on postsecondary institutions—and the evolution of advising as a profession and a field of inquiry. Expert insight and practical focus contribute to the development of experienced advisors. Use existing resources in new ways to master advising roles and encourage student success Apply theory to advance advising practice Create and optimize professional development opportunities Establish recognition for the contributions of academic advisors to the institution and higher education Face challenges created by the changing higher education landscape Advisors must meet the expectations of students, parents, faculty members, administrators, and outside agencies, all while navigating an increasingly complex range of issues presented by a student population unlike any that has come before. Beyond Foundations provides the insight and clarity advisors need to help students achieve their educational goals and to advance the field.

Basketball Junkie

By Chris Herren,Bill Reynolds
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : St. Martin's Press
  • Book Code : 1429924144
  • Total of Pages : 288
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 879
  • Pdf File: basketball-junkie.pdf

Book Short Summary:

I was dead for thirty seconds. That's what the cop in Fall River told me. When the EMTs found me, there was a needle in my arm and a packet of heroin in the front seat. At basketball-crazy Durfee High School in Fall River, Massachusetts, junior guard Chris Herren carried his family's and the city's dreams on his skinny frame. His grandfather, father, and older brother had created their own sports legends in a declining city; he was the last, best hope for a career beyond the shuttered mills and factories. Herren was heavily recruited by major universities, chosen as a McDonald's All-American, featured in a Sports Illustrated cover story, and at just seventeen years old became the central figure in Fall River Dreams, an acclaimed book about the 1994 Durfee team's quest for the state championship. Leaving Fall River for college, Herren starred on Jerry Tarkanian's Fresno State Bulldogs team of talented misfits, which included future NBA players as well as future convicted felons. His gritty, tattooed, hip-hop persona drew the ire of rival fans and more national attention: Rolling Stone profiled him, 60 Minutes interviewed him, and the Denver Nuggets drafted him. When the Boston Celtics acquired his contract, he lived the dream of every Massachusetts kid—but off the court Herren was secretly crumbling, as his alcohol and drug use escalated and his life spiraled out of control. Twenty years later, Chris Herren was married to his high-school sweetheart, the father of three young children, and a heroin junkie. His basketball career was over, consumed by addictions; he had no job, no skills, and was a sadly familiar figure to those in Fall River who remembered him as a boy, now prowling the streets he once ruled, looking for a fix. One day, for a time he cannot remember, he would die. In his own words, Chris Herren tells how he nearly lost everything and everyone he loved, and how he found a way back to life. Powerful, honest, and dramatic, Basketball Junkie is a remarkable memoir, harrowing in its descent, and heartening in its return.

Summary of Lucy Grealy's Autobiography of a Face

By Everest Media
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  • Publisher : Everest Media LLC
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 26
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 830
  • Pdf File: summary-of-lucy-grealy-s-autobiography-of-a-face.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Sample Book Insights: #1 I was a tomboy, but when games turned official under the auspices of the Fleetwood Elementary Phys-Ed Department, I transformed into a spaz. I knew in my heart I had great potential, but my knowing didn’t translate into hitting the ball that was coming my way. #2 I had a toothache that afternoon, and I was sure that the dentist was going to have to take my tooth. I was already familiar with the dentist, as I had terrible teeth. Dr. Singer convinced my parents that if there was any chance of my having normal adult teeth growing in, he must be allowed to do everything imaginable to my baby teeth. #3 I had woken up with my jaw swollen and seemingly locked, but a diet of milk-shakes didn’t seem like such an awful fate. I was excited by the idea that something was wrong with me. #4 I had to have my jaw wired shut, and I spent the night in the hospital. I didn’t sleep much, as I was too excited about the prospect of going to the hospital emergency room.

One More Theory About Happiness

By Paul Guest
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Book Code : 0061992526
  • Total of Pages : 208
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 924
  • Pdf File: one-more-theory-about-happiness.pdf

Book Short Summary:

“In these lyrical, searing pages, Guest manages to break our hearts and put them back together again.” —Ann Hood In the tradition of Lucy Grealy’s Autobiography of a Face, One More Theory About Happiness is a bold and original memoir from the acclaimed, Whiting Award-winning poet Paul Guest, author of My Index of Horrifying Knowledge. A remarkable account of the accident that left him a quadriplegic, and his struggle to find independence, love, and a life on his own terms, One More Theory About Happiness has been praised by Charles Bock, author of Beautiful Children, as, “Smart and honest and clear eyed and above all, humane.”

Contemporary American Memoirs in Action

By Jane Danielewicz
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  • Publisher : Springer
  • Book Code : 3319696025
  • Total of Pages : 135
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 969
  • Pdf File: contemporary-american-memoirs-in-action.pdf

Book Short Summary:

This book analyzes a collection of literary memoirs to demonstrate how this genre is an avenue for participation in public life. Writers are repurposing the memoir, a genre known for its personal and expressive function, to engage in debate and serve political goals. The chapters provide case studies for memoir as social action that effects change by looking at the writing of Joan Didion, John Edgar Wideman, James McBride, M. Elaine Mar, Janisse Ray, Lucy Grealy, and Ann Patchett. Drawing on theories of genre and agency, Danielewicz asserts how these writers are acting pragmatically. Memoirs contribute to democratic society by offering solutions, creating new knowledge, revealing social trends, bringing issues to light, creating empathy and connection, and changing public opinion.

Passing for Thin

By Frances Kuffel
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  • Publisher : Crown
  • Book Code : 0767912934
  • Total of Pages : 272
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 475
  • Pdf File: passing-for-thin.pdf

Book Short Summary:

An intimate and darkly comic memoir of a woman who does a 180 with her body. In the opening pages of Passing for Thin, Frances Kuffel waits at the airport to be picked up by her brother, Jim. He strides past her without a glimmer of recognition because she barely resembles the woman he is expecting to see. Jim had last seen her when she was 188 pounds heavier. What follows is one of the most piercing explorations of the limits and promises of a body since Lucy Grealy’s Autobiography of a Face. With unflinching honesty and a wickedly dark sense of humor, Frances describes her first fumbling introductions to the slender, alien body she is left with after losing half her weight, shining a light on the shared human experience of feeling, at times, uncomfortable in one’s own skin. Buoyed by support from a group of fellow compulsive eaters she deems “the Stepfords,” Frances adjusts not only to her new waistline, but to a strange new world—the Planet of Thin—where she doesn’t speak the language and doesn’t know the rules. Her lifetime of obesity had robbed her of the joys of lovers, a husband, children—and even made it impossible to enjoy a movie, when standing in line was too painful, or travel, when airplane seats were too small—and hadn’t prepared her for the unexpected attention from strangers, the deep pleasure of trying on a tailored suit, the satisfaction of a good run on a treadmill, or for the saucy fun of flirting and dating. She joyfully moves from observer to player, while struggling to enjoy the freedom her new shape has given her. As Frances gradually comes to know—and love—the stranger in the mirror, she learns that this body does not define her, but enables her to become the woman she’s always wanted to be.

Saving Face

By Heather Laine Talley
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  • Publisher : NYU Press
  • Book Code : 1479844985
  • Total of Pages : 256
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 857
  • Pdf File: saving-face.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Winner, Body and Embodiment Award presented by the American Sociological Association Imagine yourself without a face—the task seems impossible. The face is a core feature of our physical identity. Our face is how others identify us and how we think of our ‘self’. Yet, human faces are also functionally essential as mechanisms for communication and as a means of eating, breathing, and seeing. For these reasons, facial disfigurement can endanger our fundamental notions of self and identity or even be life threatening, at worse. Precisely because it is so difficult to conceal our faces, the disfigured face compromises appearance, status, and, perhaps, our very way of being in the world. In Saving Face, sociologist Heather Laine Talley examines the cultural meaning and social significance of interventions aimed at repairing faces defined as disfigured. Using ethnography, participant-observation, content analysis, interviews, and autoethnography, Talley explores four sites in which a range of faces are “repaired:” face transplantation, facial feminization surgery, the reality show Extreme Makeover, and the international charitable organization Operation Smile. Throughout, she considers how efforts focused on repair sometimes intensify the stigma associated with disfigurement. Drawing upon experiences volunteering at a camp for children with severe burns, Talley also considers alternative interventions and everyday practices that both challenge stigma and help those seen as disfigured negotiate outsider status. Talley delves into the promise and limits of facial surgery, continually examining how we might understand appearance as a facet of privilege and a dimension of inequality. Ultimately, she argues that facial work is not simply a conglomeration of reconstructive techniques aimed at the human face, but rather, that appearance interventions are increasingly treated as lifesaving work. Especially at a time when aesthetic technologies carrying greater risk are emerging and when discrimination based on appearance is rampant, this important book challenges us to think critically about how we see the human face.

New Essays on Life Writing and the Body

By Christopher Stuart,Stephanie Todd
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  • Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • Book Code : 1443808032
  • Total of Pages : 290
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 772
  • Pdf File: new-essays-on-life-writing-and-the-body.pdf

Book Short Summary:

In light of materialist revisions of the Cartesian dual self and the increased recognition of memoir and autobiography as a crucial cultural index, the physical body has emerged in the last twenty-five years as an increasingly inescapable object of inquiry, speculation, and theory that intersects all of the various subgenres of life writing. New Essays on Life Writing and the Body thus offers a timely, original, focused, and yet appropriately interdisciplinary study of life writing. This collection brings together new work by established authorities in autobiography, such as Timothy Dow Adams, G. Thomas Couser, Cynthia Huff, and others, along with essays by emerging scholars in the field. Subjects range from new interpretations of well-known autobiographies by Edith Wharton, Gertrude Stein, and Lucy Grealy, as well as scholarly surveys of more recently defined subgenres, such as the numerous New Woman autobiographies of the late 19th century, adoption narratives, and sibling memoirs of the mentally impaired. Due to their wide, interdisciplinary focus, these essay will prove valuable not only to more traditional literary scholars interested in the classic literary autobiography but also to those in Women’s Studies, Ethnic and African-American Studies, as well as in emerging fields such as Disability Studies and Cognitive Studies.

Autobiography of a Yogi

By Paramahansa Yogananda
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  • Publisher : Good Press
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 1541
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 182
  • Pdf File: autobiography-of-a-yogi.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Autobiography of a Yogi is an autobiography of Paramahansa Yogananda. It introduces the reader to the celebrated yogi and his encounters with religious people of both the Eastern and the Western world.

Encyclopedia of Life Writing

By Margaretta Jolly
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1136787437
  • Total of Pages : 1150
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 293
  • Pdf File: encyclopedia-of-life-writing.pdf

Book Short Summary:

First published in 2001. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Sick Girl

By Amy Silverstein
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  • Publisher : Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
  • Book Code : 1555848761
  • Total of Pages : 305
  • Category : Health & Fitness
  • Members : 959
  • Pdf File: sick-girl.pdf

Book Short Summary:

“The hardcover publication of “Sick Girl” garnered tremendous attention, generated impressive sales, and ignited controversy. Both inspiring and provocative, reactions to the book ranged from inflammatory posts on a US News & World Report blog, to hundreds of letters from readers, to a full-page review in “People”. Amy’s force, candor, and her refusal to be the thankful patient from whom we expect undiluted gratitude for the medical treatments that have extended her life, have put her at the center of a debate on patient rights and the omnipotent power of doctors. At twenty-four, Amy was a typical type-A law student: smart, driven, and highly competitive. With a full course load and a budding romance, it seemed nothing could slow her down. Until her heart began to fail. Amy chronicles her harrowing medical journey from the first misdiagnosis to her astonishing recovery, which is made all the more dramatic by the romantic bedside courtship with her future husband, and her uncompromising desire to become a mother. In her remarkable book she presents a patient’s perspective with shocking honesty that allows the reader to live her nightmare from the inside an unforgettable experience that is both disturbing and utterly compelling.

Navigating Loss in Women's Contemporary Memoir

By A. Prodromou
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  • Publisher : Springer
  • Book Code : 1137482923
  • Total of Pages : 166
  • Category : Business & Economics
  • Members : 881
  • Pdf File: navigating-loss-in-women-s-contemporary-memoir.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Navigating Loss in Women's Contemporary Memoir traces the grief process through the lives of contemporary women writers to show how its complex, multi-layered nature can encourage us towards new understandings of loss.

Life Stories: A Guide to Reading Interests in Memoirs, Autobiographies, and Diaries

By Maureen O'Connor
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : ABC-CLIO
  • Book Code : 1610691466
  • Total of Pages : 723
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Members : 258
  • Pdf File: life-stories.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Memoirs, autobiographies, and diaries represent the most personal and most intimate of genres, as well as one of the most abundant and popular. Gain new understanding and better serve your readers with this detailed genre guide to nearly 700 titles that also includes notes on more than 2,800 read-alike and other related titles. • A list of subjects and suggested "read-alikes" accompany each title • Appendixes cover awards, websites, and resources • Detailed indexes provide further points of access

Memoir

By G. Thomas Couser
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Book Code : 0199927073
  • Total of Pages : 208
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Members : 237
  • Pdf File: memoir.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Each year brings a batch of new memoirs, ranging from works by former teachers and celebrity has-beens to disillusioned soldiers and bestselling novelists. In addition to becoming bestsellers in their own right, memoirs have become a popular object of inquiry in the academy and a mainstay in most MFA workshops. Courses in what is now called "life writing" study memoir alongside personal essays, diaries, and autobiographies. Memoir: An Introduction proffers a succinct and comprehensive survey of the genre (and its many subgenres) while taking readers through the various techniques, themes, and debates that have come to characterize the ubiquitous literary form. Its fictional origins are traced to eighteenth-century British novels; its early American roots are examined in Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography and colonial captivity narratives; and its ethical conundrums are considered via the imbroglios brought on by the questionable claims in Rigoberta Mench?'s I, Rigoberta, and more notoriously, James Frey's A Million Little Pieces. Alongside these more traditional literary forms, Couser expands the discussion of memoir to include film with what he calls "documemoir" (exemplified in Nathaniel Kahn's My Architect) and graphic narratives like Art Spiegelman's Maus.

Memoir Ethics

By Mike W. Martin
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Lexington Books
  • Book Code : 1498533663
  • Total of Pages : 196
  • Category : Philosophy
  • Members : 803
  • Pdf File: memoir-ethics.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Memoir Ethics: Good Lives and the Virtues is a philosophical study of moral themes in memoirs. It explores how memoirists present and defend perspectives on good lives. Particular attention is paid to the interplay of the virtues, including their interplay with additional (nonmoral) types of values in good lives. More generally, it explores the relevance of memoir to moral philosophy and, in turn, how moral philosophy enters into elucidating and critiquing memoirs.

Autobiography of a Female Slave

By Martha Griffith Browne
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  • Publisher : DigiCat
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 358
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 899
  • Pdf File: autobiography-of-a-female-slave.pdf

Book Short Summary:

DigiCat Publishing presents to you this special edition of "Autobiography of a Female Slave" by Martha Griffith Browne. DigiCat Publishing considers every written word to be a legacy of humankind. Every DigiCat book has been carefully reproduced for republishing in a new modern format. The books are available in print, as well as ebooks. DigiCat hopes you will treat this work with the acknowledgment and passion it deserves as a classic of world literature.