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The Face: A Natural History

3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  51 ratings  ·  7 reviews
This "natural history" of the face unravels the surprising mysteries of one of the most familiar sights in everyday life, exploring the face's anatomy, its singularity, its ability to communicate, and its beauty.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 1st 2000 by Back Bay Books (first published October 1st 1998)
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This is a fascinating overview of research, history and philosophy about the human face. I found myself constantly on the borderline of awe with Daniel McNeill because of how well-read he was on this topic and for the way in which he could weave all this together.

After an initial chapter that provides a truly intriguing tour of all the features of the face (did you know we lose 23 minutes a day of visual information from blinking?), McNeill goes on to explore such topics as beauty, emotional exp
Overall a great book that wanders all over the face with anecdotes, history, science, literature, and other references to various parts of the face. Sounds strange when you read the summary but it's actually quite fun to read!

Disclaimer: As an overly well-read librarian, I was surprised to discover about 10-12 words I had to look up in order to understand a few sentences, most of which haven't been used since the 17th or 18th Century, like esculent. Not a giant problem but still surprising as m
I could not stop talking about my "face book" with my co-workers while I was reading this book. Everyone was very confused about why I always talking about my "face book" and why I shared so many strange facts about faces. It was awesome. I want to reread this book.
Jan 25, 2009 Jane added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Julie G.
Recommended to Jane by: random library pick
This is a book that skips around, but in a good way. He talks about the face and other aspects of communication like laughter. He intersperses quotes from literature and at times sounds poetic about emotions and language.
Apr 02, 2008 Alan marked it as to-read
will this book be shitty pseudo-science? Probably. Will I love it anyway? A thousand times yes.
Kyoungjin Lim
Face is not body part, but the universe.
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