A fun, informative book for readers interested in better reading people.

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FAMOUS FACES DECODED

A GUIDEBOOK FOR READING OTHERS

A book of lessons for decoding people’s facial expressions, using celebrities as examples.   

In 1998, the San Diego Chargers made one of the worst draft picks in NFL history, signing Washington State University quarterback Ryan Leaf to a $31 million contract before he promptly flamed out. For Hill (Emotionomics, 2010, etc.), the Chargers’ expensive mistake is a cautionary tale of how easy it is to miss telling, external clues about someone’s state of mind if one doesn’t know to look for them. In this smart, entertaining book, he explains how one can spot seven core emotions on people’s faces—happiness, anger, contempt, disgust, fear, surprise, and sadness—and the subtle variations of each. This, he says, will help readers “gain the inside track on understanding the true, emotional reactions of people” and thus improve their personal and professional relationships. Hill is a facial-coding expert who’s worked as a corporate consultant and has been featured on CNN and MSNBC. Here, he analyzes the facial expressions of 173 celebrities with the aim of teasing out their core emotions. He explains the different shades of each, using clear examples. Unfortunately, the “Famous Faces” of the title aren’t shown in photos; instead, a model demonstrates key expressions. Readers must look elsewhere, for example, to see Magic Johnson’s 1991 announcement that he is HIV positive (which Hill cites as an example of surprise and fear) or Tom Cruise’s 2005 interview with Matt Lauer, which the author says puts Cruise’s contempt clearly on display. However, the book’s lively tone somewhat makes up for the lack of celebrity images. There is some armchair psychologizing, as when Hill suggests that Natalie Portman’s expression, which he interprets as fearful, could be blamed on her “demanding parents” or that President Donald Trump’s alleged underlying sadness could be traced back to his “relationship with his dad.” But the author also wisely reminds readers that people are complex creatures and that facial coding is just one tool for better understanding them.

A fun, informative book for readers interested in better reading people.

Pub Date: Sept. 12, 2018

ISBN: 978-0-9997416-0-6

Page Count: 215

Publisher: Sensory Logic, Inc.

Review Posted Online: July 9, 2018

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...

THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE

50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD

A LIFETIME OF RECORDINGS

Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)

Pub Date: May 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-19-508629-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1995

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