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Kiss and Tell: A Trivial Study of Smooching

Kiss and Tell: A Trivial Study of Smooching (Hardback)

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What's in a kiss? It's a language unto itself - and perhaps the most diverse form of human communication. A kiss can say hello or goodbye. There are kisses of love and kisses of death. Judas ruined everything with a kiss. Klimt said it all with a kiss. Kisses are innocent here, erotic there. Children kiss. Dogs kiss. Eskimos kiss. And in this smart, witty, illustrated gift book, you'll learn tons of little-known information about kissing. As in our Bathroom Companion, text will feature some 200+ short, blurby factoids - all related to kissing. You'll discover: What makes French kissing "French." Who played the first game of spin-the-bottle. Which countries have banned kissing in public. Kissing around the world: Eskimo (nose to nose); Arabic (kissing shoulders); Sami (nose to cheek). What compels perfectly sensible Irish people to kiss a stone. Where the phrase "kiss my ass" comes from. 100 Best Songs About Kissing (No. 10: "Kiss" by Prince; No. 87: the country western classic "Take Your Tongue Out of My Mouth, I'm Kissing You Goodbye") Contemporary kisses: Al Gore & Tipper, Britney and Madonna; many more.

Plus 30 photographs and illustrations of famous kisses throughout history, advice on technique and much more. With trivia from pop culture, history, literature, anthropology and science, Kiss and Tell makes a fascinating read and a smart, sophisticated Valentine's Day gift.

Kevin Dwyer is a copywriter at Book of the Month Club. He lives in New York.

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