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About Face: Women Write about What They See When They Look in the Mirror Paperback – May 27, 2008


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Seal Press (May 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580052460
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580052467
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,114,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Twenty-three women, including Hudson valley Resident Dana Kinstler, reflect on their reflections, exploring issues of beauty, ethnicity, aging, scars, makeup and more. Author photos, rounds as compact mirrors accompany each essay. Strikingly few of the writers describe themselves as the camera sees them—perhaps that’s the point. A provocative read."
Chronogram Magazine, December 2008

"Comedic, heartwarming and inspiring stories about what a girl takes from the mirror and adds to her sense of self. Ranging from ages 22 to 75, women from various ethnicities and walks of life evaluate the impact societal beauty myths, media and role models have on a woman’s sense of self, identity and even career choice. With an introduction from renowned make-up artist Bobbi Brown, we learn makeup is only your enemy if it becomes a weapon you use on yourself to hide from the world. About Face dares you to do what 25 other women have already done: Turn your face to the mirror and learn, know and love what you see, imperfections and all."
Curve Magazine, January 2008

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Comedic, heartwarming and inspiring stories about what a girl takes from the mirror and adds to her sense of self. Ranging from ages 22 to 75, women from various ethnicities and walks of life evaluate the impact societal beauty myths, media and role models have on a woman's sense of self, identity and even career choice. With an introduction from renowned make-up artist Bobbi Brown, we learn makeup is only your enemy if it becomes a weapon you use on yourself to hide from the world. About Face dares you to do what 25 other women have already done: Turn your face to the mirror and learn, know and love what you see, imperfections and all.

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Christina Baker Kline was born in Cambridge, England, and raised there as well as in the American South and Maine. She is the author of five novels: Orphan Train, Bird in Hand, The Way Life Should Be, Desire Lines, and Sweet Water. She is co-editor, with Anne Burt, of About Face: Women Write about What They See When They Look in the Mirror and co-author, with Christina L. Baker, of The Conversation Begins: Mothers and Daughters Talk about Living Feminism. She has edited three other anthologies: Child of Mine, Room to Grow, and Always Too Soon. Writer-in-Residence at Fordham University from 2007 to 2011, Kline has also taught literature and creative writing at Yale, NYU, UVA, and Drew University. A graduate of Yale, Cambridge University, and the University of Virginia, where she was a Hoyns Fellow in Fiction Writing, Kline is a recipient of a Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Fellowship and several research fellowships, and has been a Writer-in-Residence at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Kline lives with husband and three sons in Montclair, New Jersey. She is at work on another novel and an anthology.

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By Happy Hill on August 13, 2014
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A fascinating collection of self-images. Women project the most amazing nonsense onto their own faces, mostly fed into their internal projectors by marketers. This is a perfect book for use in classes on women's history and feminism. Images for women only seem to be more and more bizarre, as character and accomplishment are overwhelmed by image and celebrity glitz. There are of course women born with facial deformities and birthmarks who have real cause to worry about image and self-esteem issues and who need plastic surgery to lead a normal life. For the most part, this book does not reflect those actual issues.
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I've bought several copies of this book as gifts for my women friends, after my sister gave it to me. Practically every sentence hits home. The authors make you laugh and cry, but mostly relate: "I can't believe you went through this too!" The essence of these experiences is common to so many women, but reading them through the skill of professional story tellers' eyes, they live again. Read it and share it. Great book club choice.
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