Remembering and forgetting - two sides of the same coin and both essential for the memory function of our brains. In this engaging and fascinating story, neuroscientist Lisa Genova explores the whys and wherefores of how we remember, why we forget and how to improve this data storage, retrieval and disposal.
Peppered with humorous examples, common sense and reader-friendly scientific detail, this book presents the mysterious science of human memory with a light but authoritative touch. [Larger font]
The group as a whole found this book very interesting and we all learned something - it's a hot topic at the moment although not a real "holiday read". The TED talk added to understanding and revealed even more of the author's personality.
Enjoyable, informative, thought-provoking read - enjoyed by the whole group.
A very accessible read. Genova writes clearly using amusing, everyday examples to illustrate her points, and neuroscience becomes easy to follow in her hands. Enjoyed by the group and led to entertaining discussions, largely about memory.
Good discussion after reading this book. Format appealed as did topic. A fairly easy read, not especially academic. Darryl Sherwood's notes were especially good.
Interesting - reassuring to us oldies.
Members felt relief that their forgetfulness was normal! We all vowed to pay attention to where we park our car and leave our glasses! Book was well received by everyone and we felt we had learned a lot about memory. Well pitched for our understanding.
Comments included - "I found it very encouraging", "I learned a lot about memory, though found it superficial at times", "A wonderful book. I bought a copy for a friend", "Well-written and easy to read".
3 thought the book very informative. The other 7 of us found it very repetitive and felt it could have been written as a pamphlet. It did create a good discussion though as we are older!
Invaluable information - easy to understand. Excellent authentic examples. Reassuring and wonderful insight into the workings of the brain.
All found the book interesting and informative. To discover how the memory works, the different types of memory, and how we might improve it and prevent its loss, has to be useful! In fact it changes one's attitude to the business of remembering... Very good notes.
A very interesting book - appealing to the medical professionals and educators among us.
A wonderful book - highly recommended.
Readable, and generated plenty of discussion.