Author: Mario Giordano; Isabel Fargo Cole, Translator; Ray Fenwick, Illustrator
Genre: Non-Fiction (Novelty / Writing Prompts / Creativity / Emotions)
Publisher/Publication Date: Penguin Books (4/29/2014)
Source: The publisher.
Do I like the cover?: I do -- love the detailed illustration.
Review: This intriguing little book -- less than 300 pages -- contains precisely what the title says: one thousand fleeting moments for which there is no single word to describe them. Whimsical, occasionally edge, melancholy and exultant in equal part, this is a lovely sort of coffee table book that invites one to thumb through and share.
Hand lettered and illustrated by Ray Fenwick, each feeling is articulated in a different font, punctuated with images and graphic elements. (You can click on the pictures for a more hi-res view.)
The feelings range from embarrassing to ethereal. Some favorites of mine:
188: The panic that you might not make it to the bathroom on time.
359: The disappointment that that smile was meant for someone else.
OR, one I can relate to all too much: 920: The helplessness in the face of your cat's whims.
There's a helpful index at the end which categorizes the various options: accident feelings, British feelings, red wine feelings, train-platform feelings, etc. The book has a great hand feeling, too: French flaps, and a slightly heavier paper inside, like a sketch-book.
A lovely gift-y sort of book for someone who struggles to articulate their feelings or those who are very good at it, as well as fun kind of graduation, house-warming, or birthday gift. Those who are into illustration might also enjoy this. My wife and I have been having fun picking out one feeling to sum up our day, and could be a neat sort of way to diary through life, noting what feeling you have when (and perhaps how often!).