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So what is synesthesia? Researcher Cytowic (The Man Who Tasted Shapes) and neuroscientist Eagleman (Ctr. for Synesthesia Research, Baylor Coll. of Medicine) offer an answer: synesthesia is a response to a stimulus with the joining of senses that creates a particular experience of the world. It could be an association of a letter to color, shapes to music, an orgasm to flashes of color, or a phoneme to taste. The authors' descriptions of the varieties of joined sensation appear limitless. Herein the reader discovers the often-hidden and, to the uninitiated, idiosyncratic world of the synesthete. The authors also delve into the importance of synesthesia to creativity, explore successful synesthetes, including artists, authors (e.g., Vladimir Nabokov), and composers, and introduce the genetics and neuroscience behind the condition. Filled with detailed tables, clarifying illustrations, and instructive chapters, this title, which includes an afterword by Nabokov's son, Dimitri (also a synesthete), should be required reading for teachers and anyone who works with children.