- Publisher: Riverhead Trade; Reprint edition
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007SRXKMS
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 79 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,455,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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You Don't Look Like Anyone I Know: A True Story of Family, Face Blindness, and Forgiveness Paperback
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So when I began to read her memoir, I expected something a least partly
similar. Instead, the first half of this book is quite bleak, despite Sellers' warm and un-blaming style, because her childhood had a kind of no-exit quality that makes the reader also feel a bit claustrophobic.
But when Sellers realizes that at least half of her difficulties stem from a rare condition known colloquially as "face blindness," the book comes alive and gradually achieves a far more comfortable resolution.
In terms of style, her memoir must have been so difficult to construct because of all the fragmentation and because of the sheer difficulty of writing about painful experiences, but she does a masterful job and her book should be studied by anyone wanting to write a memoir.
Well worth the reading journey, and Sellers herself is an author deserving of readers because of her courage and kindness, in equal measure.
Since Heather is a poet, the book is full of images and she makes you feel as though you are living her life right next to her. This is a special talent that Heather possesses. I highly recommend this book, not just because of my bias, but because I laughed, I teared up at points, and I learned a heck of a lot about face-blindness and the challenges a person with prosopagnosia faces on a daily basis.
An excellent description of face blindness. This type of thing is typically misinterpreted by other people, like most 'hidden differences.' The author guides the reader through the discovery, the decisions, and the discussions with their community and loved ones.
Overall, I enjoyed this book immensely. In it, Ms. Sellers alternates between largely her tween/teen years and the "present time" of the book, which is when she was 38 and, catapulted by a classmate's offhand comment at her reunion, begins to deal with two separate things she'd ignored or avoided all her life until that time: the fact that she is face blind and it's debilitating in its secrecy, and the fact that her mother is a paranoid schizophrenic.
Considering this was the realm of the book, I think she did a very good job. To your average reader, reading about a childhood of such severe instability, it seems impossible that she could not have seen what was so plain, but trauma is very complex and even though that seemed bewildering to me, I think, as a kid, she found a workable method to live in this situation and as long as she could balance on the teeter totter, so to speak, nothing had to be examined.
My only concerns are as follow: As a writer, sometimes I can feel the heavy hand of a writing workshop, or the heavy hand of an author's fear of what those living will think of her, and I did feel that here. The fact that her father's apparent alcoholism was barely stated by name, nor her husband's relapse, was troubling. The mother, after all, was not the only person with behavior problems. I also felt the missing brother narrative acutely, especially since there were so many instances in the book in which the existence of a brother is mentioned.
Ms. Sellers obviously had a tremendous amount of material and a big story to tell, a story I enjoyed reading and read quickly. I am also sure, having read this, that the story is far from over.
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This shows I'm not alone or unusual. As a kid, I just adapted for survival.