As Seen on TV: Provocations

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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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Lucy Grealy is an award-winning poet and author of the highly acclaimed memoir, Autobiography of a Face (New York Times Notable Book of the Year). She lives in New York City and is currently working on a novel.

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Sixteen essays, many written "simply for the pleasure of the act," are gathered and introduced by author and poet Grealy. "Mirrorings," from Harper's magazine, describes her childhood cancer and disfigurement, the subject of her critically acclaimed Autobiography of a Face (selected as one of LJ's Best Books of 1994). In another essay, she is shocked to find herself face to face on a talk show with a fan who had been stalking her and whom she was supposed to surprise. Other pieces deal with the rootlessness of immigrants (her family came from Ireland and England), the physical nature of love for animals and the competition for a dog's attention at a friend's house, and her lack of closeness with her twin sister. The author struggles with tango lessons, and she falls in love with the boots on a model in an advertisement in spite of their impracticality. Although she's sometimes guilty of "interrupting myself and going off on tangents and including extraneous information," her observations are fresh and laced with humor. For public, academic, and medical libraries.DNancy P. Shires, East Carolina Univ., Greenville, NC
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