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The Emotionary: A Dictionary of Words That Don't Exist for Feelings That Do (Razorbill)
Feeling guilty about wanting to just stay home and see no one? Guiltroversion. Are you ever introduced to someone, and immediately forget their name, seconds after they’ve told you? Namenesia.
If you have ever struggled for the perfect word to describe a feeling or situation you were experiencing, The Emotionary: A Dictionary of Words That Don’t Exist for Feelings That Do by Eden Sher and illustrated by Julia Wertz, is your hilarious guide to those feelings.
All of her life, Eden Sher, has suffered from dyscommunicatia (n. the inability to articulate a feeling though words). She decided last year that whenever she had an emotion for which she had no word, she would make one up. The result of this is The Emotionary, which lives at the intersection of incredibly funny and very useful. Illustrated by acclaimed graphic novelist Julia Wertz, The Emotionary is chock full of words you always wanted/never knew you needed often accompanied by illustrations of hilarious and all-too- familiar situations.
From irredependent (adj. unable to ask for help under any circumstances) to fauxbration (n. the phenomenon of feeling your phone vibrate, often out of desperate expectation, when in fact no one is trying to contact you and you will probably die alone), The Emotionary will help you put all your complicated feelings into words, so you can recognize them for what they are.
Eden Sher is an actress best known for her role as Sue Heck on the nationally syndicated TV series The Middle. The Middle is the lead-in to Modern Family and has an average of 7.5 million viewers tuning in for the past 6 years. Eden has been nominated for a Critics' Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series four times, winning in 2013. She is also the voice of Star on the animated series, Star vs. The Forces of Evil. The Emotionary is her first book.
Julia Wertz has published five graphic novels, including Drinking at the Movies and The Infinite Wait, and does monthly history comics for the New Yorker and Harper's Magazine.
Eden Sher photo by Grace McDermott