You Don't Look Like Anyone I Know

You Don't Look Like Anyone I Know

A True Story of Family, Face Blindness, and Forgiveness

Book - 2010
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An unusual and uncommonly moving family memoir, with a twist that give new meaning to hindsight, insight, and forgiveness. The author is face blind--that is, she has prosopagnosia, a rare neurological condition that prevents her from reliably recognizing people's faces. Growing up, unaware of the reason for her perpetual confusion and anxiety, she took what cues she could from speech, hairstyle, and gait. But she sometimes kissed a stranger, thinking he was her boyfriend, or failed to recognize even her own father and mother. She feared she must be crazy. Yet it was her mother who nailed windows shut and covered them with blankets, made her daughter walk on her knees to spare the carpeting, had her practice secret words to use in the likely event of abduction. Her father went on weeklong "fishing trips" (aka benders), took in drifters, wore panty hose and bras under his regular clothes. She clung to a barely coherent story of a "normal" childhood in order to survive the one she had. That fairy tale unraveled two decades later when she took the man she would marry home to meet her parents and began to discover the truth about her family and about herself. As she came at last to trust her own perceptions, she learned the gift of perspective: that embracing the past as it is allows us to let it go. And she illuminated a deeper truth that even in the most flawed circumstances, love may be seen and felt.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, c2010.
ISBN: 9781594487736
Call Number: 921 SELLERS
Characteristics: 356 p. ; 22 cm
Subjects: Sellers, Heather, 1964-
Women authors, American -- Biography.
Face perception.


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multcolib_susannel Sep 22, 2015

Even if this memoir didn't include her mother's schizophrenia, her father's violence and drinking, it would still be a mesmerizing story of the author's struggle to find out why she can't keep friends or recognize familiar people like her husband or stepsons.

Jun 27, 2011

This book is about prosopagnosia p--- a neurological condition that prevents the recognition of faces. I’d read about this in a periodical a while back and when I came upon the title I thought I’d like to learn more about it, the condition that is.
By the end of the first chapter I had my doubts that this book would accomplish that in any manner I had hoped.
I’m not sure I know what genre this book belongs to --- for sure its not any that I’m likely to read. You know, the kind about broken homes, broken hearts, drinkin’ and general disfunctionality. It might be your cup of tea but it's not mine.
My rating: leave this one on the shelf.


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