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1000 feelings for which there are no namesReviewed by Poppy Johnson

1,000 Feelings for Which There Are No Names is a fun book with a non-conventional format. Each page uses a variety of large black and blue type fonts against a white background to highlight hundreds of pharases. Cute. But more than that, the phrases are all feelings or rather basic human emotions that everyone will experience at least once in their life.

The book is about an inch thick, so you’ll get your full thousand, and they are numbered chronologically as proof. Some of these feelings are nonsensical, such as “The satisfaction with the year’s first sunburn”. (well, your skin is a bank, and every sunburn takes you one step closer to a potential skin cancer, but okay, important for some people) Other noted feelings are true to the new depicted order of operations for relationships today, such as “The insatiable greed for electronic love notes”.

According to the book, these are some of the feelings people will experience – or suffer through – at one point or another: pain at being an unplanned child, feel shock that the wrong person is in love with you, abhorrence for people with disabilities (meh!), shame over that last thought (to be fair), feelings of prideful “nerds,” comforting smells from sniffing grandma’s old fur coat collar, jealousy of a co-worker fifteen years younger, doubting our own fidelity, the envy of people with real enemies (not sure about this one), feeling of – and I quote the author here verbatim – “the slight envy about the seventy-seven virgins waiting in that other paradise” (SAY WHAT?), the kick of shoplifting, the urge to swerve the car into the guardrail, the remorse you feel when you didn’t return the smile you got from a stranger, shocking coldhearted-ness from yourself , the sobering realization that a certain loss is permanent (my personal favorite from this book as it is all too real), and the identified felling of determination before the first kiss (very true).

The list above is not the spoiler it may appear to be–you have literally hundreds more feelings to read about, so if you still find this topic interesting, go ahead and buy the book. No feeling is missed; some will surprise you, some will be more relevant to your life than others, and some will be quite inappropriate for most. I recommend this book for the sheer value of attempting to discover the unknown.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Penguin Books. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.