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The Resource You don't look like anyone I know, Heather Sellers

You don't look like anyone I know, Heather Sellers

Label
You don't look like anyone I know
Title
You don't look like anyone I know
Statement of responsibility
Heather Sellers
Title variation
  • You do not look like anyone I know
  • You dont look like anyone I know
Title variation remainder
a true story of family, face blindness, and forgiveness
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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
Summary
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
Writing style
Biography type
autobiography
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375222
Cataloging source
DLC
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1964-
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Sellers, Heather
Dewey number
  • 818/.609
  • B
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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True
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  • Sellers, Heather
  • Women authors, American
  • Face perception
  • Prosopagnosia
Target audience
adult
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a true story of family, face blindness, and forgiveness
Label
You don't look like anyone I know, Heather Sellers
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Publication
Control code
ocn535490485
Dimensions
cm.
Extent
p.
Isbn
9781594487736
Lccn
2010010228
System control number
(OCoLC)535490485
Label
You don't look like anyone I know, Heather Sellers
Publication
Control code
ocn535490485
Dimensions
cm.
Extent
p.
Isbn
9781594487736
Lccn
2010010228
System control number
(OCoLC)535490485

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