As seen on tv provocations

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As Seen on TV: Provocations by Lucy Grealy

From the author of the unforgettable Autobiography of A Face comes a collection of wonderfully unexpected essays on life, love, sex, God and politics.

Whether she is contemplating promiscuity or The New Testament, lamenting about what she should have said to Oprah, or learning to tango, Grealy seduces and surprises the reader at every turn. With the sheer brilliance of her imagination, Grealy leads us on delightful journeys with her wit, unflinching honesty and peerless intelligence. As Seen On TV breaks the mould of the essay, and is destined, like the memoir that preceded it, to become a modern classic.
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Buy from other retailers. Whether she is contemplating promiscuity or The New Testament , lamenting about what she should have said to Oprah, or learning to tango, Grealy seduces and surprises the reader at every turn. With the sheer brilliance of her imagination, Grealy leads us on delightful journeys with her wit, unflinching honesty and peerless intelligence. A completely original thinker and a remarkable writer, the author leaves the reader with plenty to ponder. As Seen On TV breaks the mould of the essay, and is destined, like the memoir that preceded it, to become a modern classic. You can unsubscribe from newsletters at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in any newsletter.

The title essay in Lucy Grealy's collection "As Seen on TV: Provocations" begins casually: "So, for reasons that will become obvious, I've changed a few identifying details in the following anecdote. The essay ends with a surprise twist to Grealy's encounter with the guest, and with Grealy's thoughts about people's fascination with celebrity and disability. With its informal tone and its attempt to link a personal experience to larger social meanings, "As Seen on TV" is characteristic of the collection. As in "Autobiography of a Face," what is most admirable in this collection is Grealy's refusal to pretend that suffering is always ennobling. For example, she is frank about her own capacity for mean-spiritedness.

Whether she is contemplating promiscuity or The New Testament , lamenting about what she should have said to Oprah or learning to tango, Grealy seduces and surprises the reader at every turn. With the sheer brilliance of her imagination, Grealy leads us on delightful journeys with her wit, unflinching honesty and peerless intelligence. A completely original thinker and a remarkable writer, the author leaves the reader with plenty to ponder. As Seen on TV breaks the mould of the essay, and is defined, like the memoir that preceded it, to become a modern classic. LeRoy Sarah, is something of a boy wonder—or horror, as the case may be.

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Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Whether she is contemplating promiscuity or The New Testament , lamenting about what she should have said to Oprah, or learning to tango, Grealy seduces and surprises the reader at every turn.

But television is only the starting point for Grealy's musings. The subjects of her 15 essays range from learning the tango, the relationship with her twin sister and siblings, the imaginings launched by a yellow house on the side of the road, and yes, her experiences with television, following the publication of her acclaimed memoir. Grealy's earlier book, Autobiography of a Face, relays the painful treatment she received for bone cancer that destroyed half her face. She endured nearly 30 reconstructive surgeries, as well as breathtaking cruelty and unmasked horror from both children and adults. In Provocations , she returns to some of the experiences shared in her autobiography, but widens her lens. Fortunately, Grealy never settles for platitudes. Instead, she ferrets through complex terrain, allowing the reader to take flight with her essays or merely digest them and move on to the next.

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