Book of the Month

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

I often write about the books I read, but wanted to post this as a particular favorite. I read about 5 books lat month and this was the one I couldn’t put down. Sellers tells her own life story in a low-key way which is  most suitable for a  life that is in itself so dramatic.

Her childhood experiences remind one of The Glass Castle in regards to the neglect  both women suffered at the hands of their own parents. But Sellers’ story has a unique twist in that she suffers from a rare condition, prosopagnosia, or “the inability to recognize people’s faces”. Can you imagine meeting your boyfriend at the airport and running up to throw your arms around him, only to have him push you away? Wrong guy!

It is not a humorous affliction as face blindness makes it difficult to form friendships, leaving Heather lonely and confused. To make matters worse her mother repeatedly moves and she has to start a new school 7 or 8 times during elementary school. No one knew about this rare neurological condition and doctors failed to diagnose her, leaving her to wonder if she was mentally ill.

Sellers keeps the story moving forward like a novel. She never pities herself but keeps an amazingly positive attitude and accomplishes many things. It is interesting to read about “coming out”, or trying to tell her friends and work associates that she doesn’t often recognizes them if she sees them in a different context. Reactions were not what she expected. One friend told her ,” I don’t think we are really connecting, Heather. You”ve changed.”

Yet she found many who were sympathetic and wanted to understand.Surprisingly, when she went fully public, many people who had the same condition looked to her for support and were so relieved to find someone who understood.

I definitely recommend this book as a great read. Sellers’ life  reminds us that people have a great inner ability to overcome adversity and that we needn’t let our  past or any  other handicaps define us.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. beckynielsen
    Mar 25, 2012 @ 12:50:18

    I had never heard of this condition, Leah, but will definitely go get this book. I have a friend who is head of the communication disorders department at Mercy College and Helen may be aware of it, but I’m sure she has not read this (we share book suggestions all the time) and I know she’d find it fascinating, too.

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  2. cheerfulwoman
    Mar 28, 2012 @ 03:09:27

    This sounds like a very interesting book. I will add it to my to-read list. (^_^)

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