A Natural History of the Senses
by Diane Ackerman has been on my reading list for a year, recommended by my first adviser at Goddard. I can now see why she recommended it. As a writer and a poet we are often reminded to engage all of our senses in our writing but for me the hardest sense to capture in words has been smell. Ackerman writes "when we see something, we can describe it in gushing detail, in a cascade of images...But who can map the features of a smell? We tend to describe how they make us feel."