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Remembering Smell: A Memoir of Losing--And Discovering--The Primal Sense

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In November 2005, Bonnie Blodgett was whacked with a nasty cold. After a quick shot of a popular nasal spray up each nostril, the back of her nose was on fire. With that, Blodgett—a professional garden writer devoted to the sensual pleasures of garden and kitchen—was launched on a journey through the senses, the psyche, and the sciences. Her olfactory nerve was destroyed, perhaps forever. She had lost her sense of smell. 

Phantosmia—a constant stench of “every disgusting thing you can think of tossed into a blender and pureed”—is the first disorienting stage. Its the brains attempt, as Blodgett vividly conveys, to compensate for loss by conjuring up a tortured facsimile. As the hallucinations fade and anosmia (no smell at all) moves in to take their place, Blodgett is beset by questions: Why are smell and mood hand-in-hand? How are smell disorders linked to other diseases? What is taste without flavor? Blodgetts provocative conversations with renowned geneticists, smell dysfunction experts, neurobiologists, chefs, and others ultimately lead to a life-altering understanding of smell, and to the most transformative lesson of all: the olfactory nerve, in ways unlike any other in the human body has the extraordinary power to heal.

 

Synopsis:

In this engaging memoir, Blodgett recounts how she lost her sense of smell and ultimately learned the most transformative lesson of all: the olfactory nerve, in ways unlike any other in the human body, has the extraordinary power to heal.

Synopsis:

From an award-winning garden writer who lost her sense of smell after using an over-the-counter homeopathic medication, an exploration of what smell means to memory and sex and many other sensual and cognitive aspects of perception.

About the Author

BONNIE BLODGETT's The Garden Letter: Green Thoughts for the Northern Gardener, won the Garden Writers Association's top award in its first year. She has written for a number of national publications, including Parenting, Health, Glamour, and Better Homes and Gardens.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780618861880
Subtitle:
A Memoir of Losing--and Discovering--the Primal Sense
Author:
Blodgett, Bonnie
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Life Sciences - Human Anatomy & Physiology
Subject:
Specific Groups - General
Subject:
Smell
Subject:
Gardeners -- United States.
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20100616
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 line art
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 0.79 lb

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"Synopsis" by , In this engaging memoir, Blodgett recounts how she lost her sense of smell and ultimately learned the most transformative lesson of all: the olfactory nerve, in ways unlike any other in the human body, has the extraordinary power to heal.
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From an award-winning garden writer who lost her sense of smell after using an over-the-counter homeopathic medication, an exploration of what smell means to memory and sex and many other sensual and cognitive aspects of perception.

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