The Midwest Book Review

Established in 1976, the Midwest Book Review publishes several monthly publications for community and academic library systems in California, Wisconsin, and the upper Midwest.


MBR: Small Press Bookwatch, November 2004


Your Face Tells All
Erik Kanto and Ilona Kanto
Atophill Publishing
PO Box 630435, Simi Valley, CA 93065-0435
1929956134 $16.95 1-800-335-2686

Your Face Tells All is a straightforward guide to physiognomy, the ancient Chinese art of face reading. Diagrams and black-and-white photographs, as well as face readings of well-known celebrities walk the reader through what the physiognomy of the eyes, lips, cheeks, etc. can reveal of an individual's personality. Whether one believes the tenets of physiognomy or not (a particularly interesting vignette is that individuals with "fair hair" tend to be weak-willed yes-men with no opinion of their own), it is certainly fascinating to read them rendered into terms that are immediately accessible to the lay reader.