William Cane is the pen name of Michael Christian. The author of The Book of Kisses, The Art of Hugging and The Art of Kissing Book of Questions and Answers, he is a frequent lecturer at colleges and universities across the country. He lives in Jersey City, New Jersey.
In this lighthearted manual, Cane, a retired university English teacher, covers 28 types of kisses, devoting an excellent section to the French kiss. Some recommendations for increasing "kissability" stray into hyperbole or contradict each other, the philosophical chapter seems clunky if satirical, and there are no references or bibliography. But the kissing techniques and quotes from "real people" are delightful and fascinating, making this book stand out. For the first edition (1991), Cane surveyed 300 people about preferences and techniques; for this expanded edition, he credits input from "a hundred thousand people" via the Internet. Suitable for teens and adults; recommended for public libraries. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.