Besides the Ugly Face Booth and Confessions of an Ugly Girl, a book simply called Ugly caught my eye.
The author, an Australian, had a large tumor on his face at birth and deformed legs. At first, his own mother abandoned him in the hospital, wishing he would die.
The book is about Robert Hoge’s life growing up being “ugly”… and in his case not just your average garden-variety ugly but seriously ugly.
Lookism bedeviled him.
Hoge writes about the unusual things in his life: the many doctors who, when he was still very young, removed the tennis-ball sized tumor from his face and operated on his legs. And also about the ostracization, the bullying, the problems finding a mate.
But he also talks about the usual things in his life: his mom and a dad, brothers and sisters, and friends—in school and in his neighborhood. He had childhood scrapes and days at the beach; fights with his family and trouble with his teachers
This memoir is the true story of how an extraordinary boy grew up to have an ordinary* life, and how that became his greatest achievement of all.
* Well, not so ordinary: Robert Hoge has worked as a journalist, a speechwriter, a science communicator for the CSIRO and a political advisor to the former Queensland Premier and Deputy Premier. He has had numerous short stories, articles, interviews and other works published in Australia and overseas. He also enjoys photography, disability advocacy, and social engagement. While he never got far with his professional lawn bowling career, Robert did carry the Olympic torch in 2000. He is married and lives in Brisbane.