A Natural History of the Senses

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 7, 2011 - Science - 352 pages
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Diane Ackerman's lusciously written grand tour of the realm of the senses includes conversations with an iceberg in Antarctica and a professional nose in New York, along with dissertations on kisses and tattoos, sadistic cuisine and the music played by the planet Earth.

“Delightful . . . gives the reader the richest possible feeling of the worlds the senses take in.” —The New York Times
 

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User Review  - AprilBrown - LibraryThing

What ages would I recommend it too? – Twelve and up. Length? – Several day's read. Characters? – The senses. Setting? – Real world. Written approximately? – 1990. Does the story leave questions in the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Laura400 - LibraryThing

I never like to give a bad review. It seems mean to the author and to those who like the book. However, in this case, someone should, just for balance. This book was just a painful slog for me. If a ... Read full review

Contents

SMELL
3
Of ViOLEtS AND NEURONS
9
BUCKETs of LIGHT
15
NOTIONS AND NATIONS
21
ANIMALS
98
EASING PAIN
104
THE HAND
116
SUBLIMINAL TOUCH
122
MACABRE MEALs 146 FOOD AS THRILLSEEKING
148
HEAriNG
173
THE HEARING HEART 175 ANIMALS
193
Loud Noises 186 MUSIC AND EMOTION
205
EARTH CALLing
222
THE BEHOLDERs EYE 229 ANiMALS 260
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WATCHing A Night LAUNCH
257

THE social seNSE 127 IN PRAISE OF VANILLA 157
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THE BLOOM OF A TASTE BUD HOW TO MAKE MOOSE SOUP
138
PostSCRIPT
301
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Diane Ackerman has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction in addition to garnering many other awards and recognitions for her work, which include the bestselling The Zookeeper’s Wife and A Natural History of the Senses. She lives in Ithaca, New York.

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