The Nose

A Profile of Sex, Beauty, and Survival

In The Nose, Glaser took readers on a whirlwind tour across the spectrum of human history, culture, and emotion. Gabrielle Glaser charts the shifting significances of the nose across different geographies, ethnicities, and time periods.

The Nose by Gabrielle Glaser: In <em>The Nose</em>, Glaser took readers on a whirlwind tour across the spectrum of human history, culture, and emotion. Gabrielle Glaser charts the shifting significances of the nose across different geographies, ethnicities, and time periods.

Glaser draws a thousand scents into a highly readable narrative that’s a breath of fresh air.

- Christian Science Monitor  

A quirky, but well-told book that examines its place in history and cultures.

- Seattle Post-Intelligencer  

Glaser explores all things about the nose and how it defines us.

- NPR, All Things Considered  

Natural history meets pop culture.

- USA Today  


Each year Americans spend billions of dollars on their noses. From over-the-counter sinus remedies to cosmetic surgery, aromatherapy to Chanel no. 5, we are a nation immersed in all things nasal. But how did this one vital organ become an object of beauty, a status symbol, the basis for judging character? What led to the invention of cotton tissues? Why do we follow our noses when seeking a mate -- or choosing a president?

The Nose is a fascinating tour of its subject through history and biology, art and culture, sex and sensibility, sickness and health. Gabrielle Glaser breathes life into her research by offering engaging anecdotes and personal interviews with physicians and their patients; members of the FDA and the Fragrance Foundation; a rabbi who contemplates the nose in sacred Jewish texts; and a plastic surgeon who finally puts his own proboscis under the knife. Sure to awaken the senses of anyone who has pondered, probed, concealed, or cosmetically altered their noses, this book proves that there is more to the nose than meets the eye.