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Face: One Square Foot of Skin

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Writer/director/producer Justine Bateman examines the aggressive ways that society reacts to the aging of women’s faces.

Now available for preorder. All preorders will ship on or before April 6, 2021.

Forthcoming: 4/6/21

$27.95 $20.96

What people are saying…

“I can’t think of anyone better than Justine Bateman to start the conversation about how we’ve devolved into a society that doesn’t allow women to age. Brave, brilliant, and unflinchingly honest, Justine is that writer you trust because she goes after every subject with a warrior’s focus, and throws herself to the lions while she’s at it. It doesn’t hurt that she’s a gorgeous woman who hasn’t tried to erase an ounce of history from her face. I love the way she thinks, and am amazed at the many sublayers she manages to excavate while everyone else is scratching the surface.”
—Mary-Louise Parker, actress, author of Dear Mr. You

“These honest, no-flinch vignettes about womanhood, beauty, and meaning will make you mad, break your heart, will have you longing for a better world, have you rooting for her, yourself, for all women. And you will stand up and cheer when Bateman slides into home plate with an ending of grace and revelation. Riveting read! Profound glimpses into the soul of our society.”
—Deb Olin Unferth, author of Barn 8

Critical praise for Fame by Justine Bateman:

“Wholly riveting.”
New York Times Book Review

“Justine Bateman was famous before selfies replaced autographs, and bags of fan mail gave way to Twitter shitstorms. And here’s the good news: she took notes along the way. Justine steps through the looking glass of her own celebrity, shatters it, and pieces together, beyond the shards and splinters, a reflection of her true self. The transformation is breathtaking. Revelatory and raucous, fascinating and frightening, Fame is a hell of a ride.”
—Michael J. Fox, actor, author of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future

“In a new book, Fame: The Hijacking of Reality, the two-time Emmy nominee takes a raw look at the culture of celebrity, reflecting on her stardom at its dizzying peak—and the ‘disconcerting’ feeling as it began to fade.”
People Magazine

“As the title Fame: The Hijacking of Reality more than implies, this is a book about the complicated aspects of all things fame.”
Vanity Fair

“Bateman digs into the out-of-control nature of being famous, its psychological aftermath and why we all can’t get enough of it.”
New York Post

“The Family Ties alum has written the rawest, bleakest book on fame you’re ever likely to read. Bateman’s close-up of the celeb experience features vivid encounters with misogyny, painful meditations on aging in Hollywood, and no shortage of theses on social media’s wrath.”
Entertainment Weekly

“Bateman addresses the reader directly, pouring out her thoughts in a rapid-fire, conversational style. (Hunter S. Thompson is saluted in the acknowledgments.) . . . But her jittery delivery suits the material—the manic sugar high of celebrity and its inevitable crash. Bateman takes the reader through her entire fame cycle, from TV megastar, whose first movie role was alongside Julia Roberts, to her quieter life today as a filmmaker. She is as relentless with herself as she is with others.”
Washington Post

“Bateman takes an unsentimental look at the nature of celebrity worship in her first book, Fame: The Hijacking of Reality.”
LA Weekly


Description

Now available for preorder. All preorders will ship on or before April 6, 2021.

Face: One Square Foot of Skin is a book of fictional vignettes that examines the fear and vestigial evolutionary habits that have caused women and men to cultivate the imagined reality that older women’s faces are unattractive, undesirable, and something to be “fixed.”

Based on “older face” experiences of the author, Justine Bateman, and those of dozens of women and men she interviewed, the book presents the reader with the many root causes for society’s often negative attitudes toward women’s older faces. In doing so, Bateman rejects those ingrained assumptions about the necessity of fixing older women’s faces, suggesting that we move on from judging a woman’s worth based on the condition of her face.

With impassioned prose and a laser-sharp eye, Bateman argues that a woman’s confidence should grow as she ages, not be destroyed by society’s misled attitude about that one square foot of skin.


Book Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Published: 4/6/21
  • IBSN: 9781617759222
  • e-IBSN: 9781617759376

Author

JUSTINE BATEMAN is a writer/director/producer/author with an impressive acting résumé that includes Family Ties, Satisfaction, Arrested Development, and many more. She has earned a Golden Globe nomination and two Emmy nominations. Bateman wrote and produced her directorial film short debut Five Minutes, which premiered at the 2017 Toronto Film Festival and was chosen by seven more festivals, including the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. Violet, Bateman’s directorial feature film debut of her own script, stars Olivia Munn, Luke Bracey, and Justin Theroux, and was an official selection at the 2020 SXSW Film Festival. Her best-selling first book, Fame: The Hijacking of Reality, was published in 2018 by Akashic. Face: One Square Foot of Skin is her latest work.

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