You Don't Look Like Anyone I Know: A True Story of Family, Face Blindness, and Forgiveness
An unusual and uncommonly moving family memoir, with a twist that give new meaning to hindsight, insight, and forgiveness.
Heather Sellers 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
The first time I heard of this was on an episode of Radiolab and was astounded to learn one of my favorite artists, Chuck Close, who is known for his larger than life size PORTRAITS, is profoundly face blind.
I am no where near Chuck's level, but I am a portrait artist and I just couldn't wrap ...more
Our backgrounds couldn't be more different, but our prosopagnostic experiences are almost eerily similar. For example, when you tell someone you can't ...more
Imagine your friend, significant other, or family member. Now imagine not being able to recognize that person if they're in the middle of a group, or on the street. This is the face blindness (or prosopagnosia) that Heather Sellers deals with daily. It is a rare neurological condition that makes face recognition unreliable. She could walk up to someone who was not her friend, or look right at her friend and walk on by. Unbelievable right?
It seems hard to understand until you read this ...more
i kind of think her loosey-goosey free associative style worked better in this memoir than it does in her writing guides. but it still wasn' ...more
Even t ...more
Prosopagnosia is an inability to recognize people by their faces, perhaps not as rare as once thought. The author struggled with the disorder long before she knew that such a thing even existed, certainly before she knew that she had the disorder. Coming from a highly dysfunctional family with a (denied) history of mental illness, Heather Sellers thought that maybe she was just crazy.
Her memoir is heartfelt, informative, and interesting. ...more
While the core of this book was sad & depressing, I think it has to be in order to convey the ...more
Yet there is something undeniably real about Seller's memoir. For a work that is so totally comsumed by disease the two main focuses are whether the mother has schizohprenia, then the whole 'face-blindness' thing, there is a strong feeling of uplift, and dark humourous side than propel one through this book.
The story ...more
We have all met people like this I bet. I have a woma ...more
I'd heard of prosopagnosia (face blindness) before; a college roommate as well as another friend had both (suffered from? dealt with?) it, and I was familiar enough with it ...more
When you read as many books as most book bloggers do, it is a real pleasure when one exceeds expectations and knocks your socks off....
I just finished Heather Sellers' book YOU DON'T LOOK LIKE ANYONE I KNOW: A True Story of Family, Face Blindness and Forgiveness (Riverhead Books/Penguin) and I am sockless. My expectation going in was that it would be a nice, informational memoir that would explain face blindness in a little more detail. What I got was an amazingly personal, honest and unforgetta ...more
(3 1/2 stars)
Prepare yourself for sorrow and stark reality in You Don’t Look like Anyone I Know. Illness propels this memoir, but the author’s self-discovery of her face blindness and demands that her neurologist properly diagnose her far outweighed any disquietude experienced by this reader.
Coping with face blindness, the inability to recognize faces reliably seemed to me a secondary theme of this incredible memoir. Ms. Sellers’ real triumph was surv ...more
But, as it turns out, I am not face blind like the author of this memoir. Thank goodness ...more
She describes it as taking a handful of stones, naming them, throwing them back among the thousands of ...more
Sellers writes about her face blindness but also details her troubled upbringing by her dysfunctional with a capital “D” parents. Her father is an alcoholic and her mother suffers from mental illness. Due to ...more