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Should I buy the book? Was it helpful? Was it enjoyable? Was it written by a world famous neuroscientist who also happens to be a brilliant story-teller? The answer to all these questions is a resounding YES, which is really what we want to know. As for my summary of the book: Aside from all of the fun facts (and they are incredibly interesting!), you will understand and appreciate how amazing our memories are, how functional forgetting is, and a whole lot of other stuff that is fascinating to learn and will entertain others at cocktail parties. You'll also come to appreciate how flawed our memories are, and therefore we don't have to defend them -- instead, we can learn to be more accepting of others and their points of view. All in all, a pretty amazing book. Loved every page of it.
As a retired anatomy & physiology professor, I highly recommend Remember, by Lisa Genova. I wish my students had been able to read this book. The author, a neuroscientist and novelist, takes the complex topic of the brain and memory and puts it into a story-like format the lay person can understand and enjoy. The reader will learn about the different types of memory, the parts of the brain involved in memory, the difference in "normal" forgetfulness and pathogenic memory loss. In a humorous way, Genova debunks some of the myths of memory enhancement, but also gives way to improve your memory. In case you forget those memory hints, she repeats them at the end of the book. I highly recommend this book for anyone both young and old.
An excellent much needed book during the stress of our multi-tasking ADHD society. Read it slowly- digest what it has to offer. I recommend highlighting every part you want to remember. DO NOT rush through this read. It is valuable with great research. I have been practicing the techniques, and am happy to report that I am already able to memorize and retain names and important facts. For instance: I mentally walk in my back door. I see the laundry room first which reminds me to buy laundry soap. I pass the hall restroom which reminds me to purchase toilet paper. I see my fridge which triggers my brain to buy juice, eggs ( yes! I see Oprah cracking an egg on her head). I thought "forgetfulness" was a senior condition with no remedy. WELL!! This senior is remembering more than I did weeks ago. WHAT a nice feeling.
REMEMBER- I warned you HOW to read this book if you want to glean the benefits it has to offer.
I just wish that it also offered nutrition guides to feed the brain more. But a definite 5 star read.
This is a must read for anyone experiencing memory loss. Personally or a friend or loved one. This is one of my favorite authors of fiction now nonfiction she explains things and makes the learning interesting and relatable with stories. Loved it and I’ll read it again Thanks for the advanced copy @netgalley @lisagenova @remember
This is a very well-written tutorial on how the memory works - and doesn't! It reads easily and is well-organized. Having had a spouse who died of Alzheimer's I was naturally concerned about my own prospects for the same. From this book I have learned enough about normal forgetfulness and how we actually remember anything (whether we want to or not), and am no longer concerned about my developing Alzheimer's. I have also previously read her book "Still Alice", which was also very helpful to me (and my family.) I highly recommend "Remember".
Is there anything that my favorite author of all time cannot do? I have read all five of her novels, which have taken me into the minds and souls of people who are dealing with a number of different diseases, and greatly expanded my knowledge of these diseases. She writes with honesty and humor, and the only bad thing about her books is finishing them and hungering for more. In this book, she takes the reader on a guided tour of our brains. What is normal forgetting and what is potential Alzheimers? I loved this book! Thank you Lisa for spending all the hours that you must spend researching then writing such captivating books. Please, never stop!
The book is easy to read and provides some useful information about memory, like the kinds of memory, the brain structures that process memories, and how memories are made and not made.
I might have given the book a 4 except there is no index, which I think is inexcusable for a nonfiction book. Can't imagine what the publisher was thinking, especially since index-making must be cheap and automated.