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Diane Ackerman''s lusciously written grand tour of the realm of the senses includes conversations with an iceberg in Antarctica and a professional nose in New York, along with dissertations on kisses and tattoos, sadistic cuisine and the music played by the planet Earth.

“Delightful . . . gives the reader the richest possible feeling of the worlds the senses take in.” — The New York Times

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"One of the real tests of writers," notes Ackerman in this liveliest of nature books, "is how well they write about smells. If they can''t describe the scent of sanctity in a church, can you trust them to describe the suburbs of the heart?" Ackerman passes the test, writing with ease and fluency about the five senses. Did you know that bat guano smells like stale Wheat Thins? That Bach''s music can quell anger around the world? That the leaves that shimmer so beautifully in fall have "no adaptive purpose"? Ackerman does, and she guides us through questions of sensation with an eye for the amusingly arcane reference and just the right phrase.

From Publishers Weekly

Physiology and philosophy mesh in this poetic investigation of the five senses; essays explore synesthesia, food taboos, kissing and the power and diversity of music. "Rooted in science, enlivened by her own convincing sense of wonder, Ackerman''s essays awaken us to a fresh awareness," said PW.
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Diane Ackerman''s lusciously written grand tour of the realm of the senses includes conversations with an iceberg in Antarctica and a professional nose in New York, along with dissertations on kisses and tattoos, sadistic cuisine and the music played by the planet Earth. "Delightful . . . gives the reader the richest possible feeling of the worlds the senses take in."--The New York Times. (Literature--Classics & Contemporary)

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Diane Ackerman''s lusciously written grand tour of the realm of the senses includes conversations with an iceberg in Antarctica and a professional nose in New York, along with dissertations on kisses and tattoos, sadistic cuisine and the music played by the planet Earth. "Delightful . . . gives the reader the richest possible feeling of the worlds the senses take in."--The New York Times. (Literature--Classics & Contemporary)

About the Author

Diane Ackerman has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction in addition to garnering many other awards and recognitions for her work, which include the bestselling  The Zookeeper’s Wife and  A Natural History of the Senses. She lives in Ithaca, New York.

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Michael Malagold
3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Not great science, but a well written look at humans and our perceptions of the world and each other.
Reviewed in the United States on August 25, 2017
It really depends on what you want from the book. I bought it as a scientific discussion of the senses, and it falls far short of that mark, providing only scant facts. On the other hand,it is a well written exposition on the senses, human emotions and behavior,... See more
It really depends on what you want from the book.
I bought it as a scientific discussion of the senses, and it falls far short of that mark, providing only scant facts.
On the other hand,it is a well written exposition on the senses, human emotions and behavior, and our perception of and interactions with the world.
If that''s what you''re looking for, add a star or two.
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bookwormgirl222
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Fascinating! Read this book!
Reviewed in the United States on September 25, 2018
This is one of the best books I have ever read. So much information on so many different things. The author''s writing style is amazing. She has a way of teaching both history and science in a way that is more like a story than a bunch of dry, boring facts. I have read this... See more
This is one of the best books I have ever read. So much information on so many different things. The author''s writing style is amazing. She has a way of teaching both history and science in a way that is more like a story than a bunch of dry, boring facts. I have read this book multiple times and am always surprised by all the things I forgot that I had previously read in it! I have bought this book for multiple people and bought it for myself twice since I gave my copy to a friend. (I quickly regretted doing that!) I will definitely be reading the rest of her books.
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LaRoyce Cosby
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Trending glamorized information
Reviewed in the United States on May 28, 2021
Great book yet nowadays it’s based off of trending factors. These types of books while informative are more along the lines of who is who writing,,, a matter of who ever has the seat in the industry to say who’s insight has potency similar to who you know rather than what... See more
Great book yet nowadays it’s based off of trending factors. These types of books while informative are more along the lines of who is who writing,,, a matter of who ever has the seat in the industry to say who’s insight has potency similar to who you know rather than what you know.. I’d like to read a book on this subject that speaks from historical perspective from a travelers perspective from a person who has ancient history where commercialized influences can’t dictate to be trendy. I want raw lost information rather what is hot and what is not. The book is rather glamorous in terms of romanticized. I’d like a book on this subject to have more influence in the area of unknown information on the subject. Anyhow I still like the book it’s entertaining but hay this is simply my review and my area of interpretations. I work with Essential oils in essences of plant, bark, root material and florals
I also work with them not only as aromatic stimulations but also as medicine and that is where I find less information and while I don’t find much of this level of information I do realize this book is not of that level of information. O well C’est la vie
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Darby
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A welcome feast for the senses
Reviewed in the United States on August 18, 2007
{Review writte in July 2004} I read A Natural History of the Senses back in 1991, when it first came out ... If you''re an aspiring writer, if you enjoy meditation and/or sensory deprivation (or other activities designed to heighten your sensory... See more
{Review writte in July 2004}

I read A Natural History of the Senses back in 1991, when it first came out ...

If you''re an aspiring writer, if you enjoy meditation and/or sensory deprivation (or other activities designed to heighten your sensory awareness), or even if you''re just an unpracticed closet sensualist eager for new experiences, then do not walk ... RUN ... run out and by this book. Better still, click on our "Buy Books" link, locate it, and select overnight shipment. You''ll thank me for it.

Yes, it really is THAT good.

Ackerman gives us a first hand tour de force overview of our 5 bodily senses, from the historical, scientific, philosophical, artistic and literary vantagepoints. With the giddy delight of someone with a rapt attention for fine details, not to mention a true gift for words, she takes us on a rich journey of the subtle and the sublime ... from the musky scent of fire-warmed leather, to the plaintive cry of a lonely loon hidden in the misty wilderness, to the rousing plushness of crushed velvet, to the crisp-tart taste of muscat grapes plucked straight from their sun-ripened vines.

No need for me to wax poetic, because that''s what this work is all about ... it''s a master class in understanding the senses we use to percieve the world itself.

Sure, there are people out there who think that books like this are just lightweight literary fluff ... such people reveal themselves to be the same undiscerning people who are blindly content to live on fast food slop, who never stop to relax and fully appreciate a beautiful sunset, and who mechanically motor off into the rat race without pausing for a long moment to nuzzle in the musky warmth of their lover''s neck and hair, and to beam love for a long languid moment into their mate''s eyes. For those cannot appreciate the subtleties such things, I feel nothing but pity. Go right ahead and wallow in your detached mediocrity ... and whatever you do, do NOT buy this book, because it''ll only upset you to realize all the things you''ve been missing out on all these years. You''ve been living your life in the lowest possible resolution, and you have nobody to blame but yourself.

Anyway, this book is easily one of the most enjoyable and satisfying books I''ve read to date.
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S. Hibdon
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this is a good read. Second
Reviewed in the United States on February 27, 2015
This is one of those books you should have in your personal library for many reasons. First, this is a good read. Second, you learn alot about many things too numerous to mention, but in a fun way so you don''t feel like you''re learning. Third, if you have inspirations to be... See more
This is one of those books you should have in your personal library for many reasons. First, this is a good read. Second, you learn alot about many things too numerous to mention, but in a fun way so you don''t feel like you''re learning. Third, if you have inspirations to be a writer, you will want to first read the book for enjoyment, then to learn along the way, but lastly be blown away by Ackerman''s writing style. Good study! What more could one want from a book. I''ve given away & reordered this book for my personal collection more times than I can remember. Am a fan of Ackerman''s other books also so if you like this one, check into her others!
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The Human Experience
Reviewed in the United States on January 16, 2008
A Natural History of the Senses is a wild romp through smell, taste, hearing, touch and sight. It is also a guided tour of how humans experience the world. At times the writing has a rare beauty to the point of being poetic while at other times it is exotic, intimate and... See more
A Natural History of the Senses is a wild romp through smell, taste, hearing, touch and sight. It is also a guided tour of how humans experience the world. At times the writing has a rare beauty to the point of being poetic while at other times it is exotic, intimate and revealing.

Each chapter reveals the intricacies of the topic at hand except the last two chapters seem slightly off focus. At times Diane Ackerman deviates wildly from her chosen topic and then gets back on track. For example, while discussing vision she ends up talking about weather patterns.

Through this book you may discover how kissing originated or why tea is harmful without milk. Why do woman crave pickles during pregnancy? What motivates people to watch horror movies?

Diane Ackerman is well traveled and has a inquisitive mind. I enjoyed reading new information about chocolate, vanilla and truffles. If you like to keep yourself fortified with useful information then this book is destined to please.

~The Rebecca Review
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Lana
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Somehow beyond words :)
Reviewed in the United States on May 13, 2016
I am very specific when it comes to what I read. These are the reasons/pros for buying this book: 1. Heard of Diane, but never read her books and heard this is one of her top books 2. I love descriptive & realistic books that take my mind into a blissful... See more
I am very specific when it comes to what I read.
These are the reasons/pros for buying this book:
1. Heard of Diane, but never read her books and heard this is one of her top books
2. I love descriptive & realistic books that take my mind into a blissful state
3. Not long and unbearable in length or tone
4. Amazing diction (choice of wording) that you''ll literally want to quote so many parts of this book
5. Okay, there seriously isn''t any other book that made me feel like this...

This author is now my favorite and I will be reading her other books. This is ironically beyond words. I am not sure how she does it, but somehow really makes you feel and doesn''t quite make me realise I''m just reading a book.

I highly recommend, even if you''re not a big reader.
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egw77
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I wanted to defenestrate this book
Reviewed in the United States on July 23, 2019
I had to read this for a course on aesthetics. I understand that my professor was trying to do something different for us as art majors but the book is written as a series of non-sequitur ranty anecdotes rather than anything investigative. There were some end-notes but for... See more
I had to read this for a course on aesthetics. I understand that my professor was trying to do something different for us as art majors but the book is written as a series of non-sequitur ranty anecdotes rather than anything investigative. There were some end-notes but for the most part the anecdotes in the book felt very suspect. I realize the author is an English professor and not a scientist but it was more of a pain that had to be endured than something insightful to read.
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Ann Martin
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it''s not a quick read or easy to dip into
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 25, 2017
Not at all what I was expecting and, though it looks interesting, it''s not a quick read or easy to dip into. I was looking for some inspiration on using the senses in my writing - won''t get it from this book.
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Sandra
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Excellent servuce, very good book.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 2, 2019
Arrived promptly. It was also very nice to recieve a hand written postcard thanking us for the purchase. It was a lovely touch. The book itself is an excellent read if you''re interested in scent in particular.
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Kate Coleman
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The author has a beautiful prose style
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 23, 2017
The first part of this book, around smell, is particularly vivid and enchanting. The author has a beautiful prose style. I found the second section a little less interesting, but it was always worth reading for the wonderful way Diane Ackerman uses description and puts...See more
The first part of this book, around smell, is particularly vivid and enchanting. The author has a beautiful prose style. I found the second section a little less interesting, but it was always worth reading for the wonderful way Diane Ackerman uses description and puts together original metaphors in her writing.
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Lucia Tilling
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Dippable!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 11, 2013
A friend recommended "A Natural History of the Senses" to our book group. It wasn''t easy getting hold of a copy but I''m glad I made the effort. The consists of a collection of essays relating to our various senses. Don''t try to read it all in one go - dip in...See more
A friend recommended "A Natural History of the Senses" to our book group. It wasn''t easy getting hold of a copy but I''m glad I made the effort. The consists of a collection of essays relating to our various senses. Don''t try to read it all in one go - dip in occasionally.
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