The Book of Human Emotions: From Ambiguphobia to Umpty -- 154 Words from Around the World for How We Feel

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Little, Brown Spark
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5.8 X 8.3 X 1.2 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Dr. Tiffany Watt Smith is a research fellow at the QMUL Centre for the History of the Emotions, and was also a 2014 BBC New Generation Thinker. Before choosing to pursue a path in academic research and writing, Dr. Watt Smith worked as a theater director for seven years, including stints as Associate Director at the Arcola Theatre and International Associate Director at the Royal Court. She lives in London.


"In a world dominated by technology, it is comforting to have Tiffany Watt Smith serve as a guide through the dark woods of our emotions and to remind us: There's a WORD for that."
--Roy Peter Clark, author of Writing Tools and The Art of X-Ray Reading
"Charming"--Melissa Dahl, New York Magazine

"One fun and breezy read."
--Susannah Cahalan, New York Post

"Have you ever felt an emotion that you wish you could express in words, but couldn't figure out quite how? Tiffany Watt Smith can help....Spend a little time learning these words, and it just may help you to understand emotions better."--Justin Bariso, Inc.
"The Book of Human Emotions is as exhaustive and readable a book on emotional vernacular as I can ever recall seeing.... It's an eye-opening read perusing words with a multitude of origins that capture shades and flavors of emotions (many of the words you'll know, but even those are unpacked here ingeniously)....This book is all about the ambiguity, and well worth checking out."--David DiSalvo, Forbes