Daily Archives: December 16, 2010

*** You Don’t Look Like Anyone I Know by Heather Sellers

Just a few days ago I had no idea that face blindness even existed, and by pure accident I just read two books about it, or prosopagnosia, to use its musically entertaining Greek name. This book, You Don’t Look Like Anyone I Know, is the true story of a sufferer who had so many other issues to deal with, including a paranoid schizophrenic mother and an alcoholic cross-dressing father, that she simply never realized that perhaps there was something wrong with how she could never recognize her friends, or her mother — and her parents were too mired in their own problems to notice hers, let alone seek help for it.

So the story unfolds of her doomed marriage to a wonderfully kind but irresponsible man who gently helps her define a more rational relationship with her parents while she searches for a diagnostics and a cure, finding a cure for her claustrophobia in just one session with a hilarious therapist (so she can manage the MRI required for the diagnostic) and eventually peace of mind, if not a cure, for her prosopagnosia.

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