In Ruth Ozeki’s The Face: A Time Code, the bestselling author of A Tale for the Time Being challenges herself to spend three hours gazing into her own reflection, recording her thoughts, and noticing every possible detail. Those solitary hours open up a lifetime's worth of meditations on race, aging, family, death, the body, self-doubt, and, finally, acceptance. A Zen Buddhist priest, Ozeki calls on her experience of growing up in the wake of World War II as a half-Japanese, half-Caucasian American; of having a public face as an author; of studying the intricate art of the Japanese Noh mask; of being ordained; and of her own and her parents’ aging, to paint a rich and utterly unique portrait of a life as told through a face.
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