About Face: Women Write about what They See when They Look in the Mirror
Anne Burt, Christina Baker Kline
Seal Press, 2008 - Health & Fitness - 279 pages
Distinctive and unique, facial appearance is hugely important in every encounter we will ever have. From the concept of beauty to the social ill of discrimination, the importance of the face in our interpersonal interactions is certainly known. But have you ever thought about the role your face plays in your day-to-day life, or the way your face may have determined the outcome of an incident from your past?
In About Face, twenty-five writers tackle this question, each using the same simple framework of an opening paragraph that objectively considers what they see when they look in the mirror. Each writer then details an experience that transpired, in one way or another, because of the face they live with: a feature that belies a woman's heritage, a scar that serves as a daily reminder of a childhood tragedy, an unwanted change due to sun exposure or smoking or drinking.
Since we live our entire lives behind our faces, About Face presents a challenge: to consider exploring our experiences from a vantage point we simply don't have access to. This collection uncovers surprising outcomes and truly unique observations about internal experiences as witnessed from the writers' external points of view.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - mamaVISION - LibraryThing
Just bought this one, so far its intriguing. Did you know Bobbi Brown's (the makeup artist) mother sat her down at 18 and offered to pay for a nose job? She declined. Got to respect that. This is a ... Read full review
Review: About Face: Women Write About What They See When They Look in the MirrorUser Review - Sandra Fahrlender - Goodreads
I enjoyed the many different styles of writing, I always enjoy a collaboration of short stories and it was a nice way to see other women's points of view on beauty. There were about 3 essays that I ... Read full review
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