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Review â€œBeautifully written and thoughtfully produced . . . Full of anecdotes and fascinating research, this elegant compendium has all the answers.â€â€”Nina Martyris, NPRâ€™s Best Books of 2017â€œIf you adore color, youâ€™ll love The Secret Lives of Color. This passionate and majestic compedium . . . will leave you bathed in the gorgeous optics of light.â€â€”Elleâ€œAÂ kaleidoscope of charming, discursive essays . . . A light and lively guide [that] offers plenty of fresh clues for the brainâ€™s colorful calculations.â€ â€”The Economist â€œFascinating.â€â€”BuzzFeedâ€œGorgeous.â€ â€”The Guardianâ€œThe history of colors, it turns out, is the story of science as well as art. Kassia St. Clairâ€™s entertaining book brings them both into vivid relief.â€â€”The Wall Street Journalâ€œThe Secret Lives of ColorÂ by Kassia St. Clair presents readers with [an] opportunity to relish in otherwise mundane aspects of reality. . . . An engaging mix of aesthetic analysis and optical science, it could make anyone a keen observer of our kaleidoscopic world.â€â€”Popular Scienceâ€œRiveting . . . diligently researched . . . Whatever your opinion of a shade,Â The Secret Lives of ColorÂ provides some illuminating perspectives on it.â€â€”Hyperallergicâ€œA mind-expanding tour of the world without leaving your paintbox. Every color has a story, and here are some of the most alluring, alarming, and thought-provoking.â€â€”Simon Garfield,Â New York TimesÂ bestselling author ofÂ Just My Type: A Book About Fonts â€œSt. Clair delivers a mix of science, humor, and art history in this collection of bite-sized essays on the cultural and social lore of colors. . . . Her sentences guarantee sustained reading. . . . [Her] rhetoric beautifies the form of the brief essay.â€ â€”Publishers Weekly â€œThe Secret Lives of ColorÂ holds surprise and satisfaction at every striation of the rainbow.â€Â â€”Booklist â€œBrimming with facts, historical insights and curious tales.â€ â€”Elle Decoration â€œWeirdly fascinating.â€ â€”Wired â€œCharming.â€ â€”TheÂ Financial Times â€œFascinating insights . . . a lexicon of colors, simultaneously revealing the cultural attitudes that determine our responses to them.â€ â€”Country Living â€œWhatÂ The Secret Lives of ColorÂ offers really is, in some sense, a flash portrait of human civilization, a zigzagging and unpredictable exploration of how significantly color has shaped histories and disciplines, fueled empires, changed the nature of war and caused species to flourish or face extinction.â€ â€”Chemistry WorldÂ â€œA must for anyone interested in color [or] decorating, but also language, culture and art.â€ â€”The Chromologist â€œA work of art in its own right,Â The Secret Lives Of ColorÂ is a beautiful tactile book.â€ â€”The Pool â€œSt. Clair serves up a chromatic buffet.â€ â€”Nature Read more About the Author Kassia St. Clair is a freelance journalist and author based in London. She graduated from Bristol University with a first-class honors degree in history in 2007 and went on to do a masterâ€™s degree at Oxford. There she wrote her dissertation on womenâ€™s masquerade costumes during the eighteenth century and graduated with distinction. She has since written about design and culture for publications including The Economist, House & Garden, Quartz, and the New Statesman. She has had a column about color in Elle Decoration since 2013 and is a former assistant books and arts editor for The Economist. Read more