In Remember, Lisa Genova explores the brain’s ability to remember, how to store memories and retrieve them, and how to improve them.
Remember: The Science of Memory and the Art of Forgetting by Lisa Genova
Genre/Categories: nonfiction, essays, self-improvement, brain science
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My Summary of Remember:
Lisa Genova explores the brain’s ability to remember, how to store memories and retrieve them, and how to improve them.
For me, the most important takeaway in the book is that most memory failures are absolutely normal. Genova explains why our memories fail and why, sometimes, it just doesn’t matter. She also shows us strategies for improving our memories. Overall, it’s a reassuring read for more seasoned readers experiencing memory lapses. In fact, I might even say that the author wrote this book for a mature audience.
Even though, some information is common knowledge and some of the author’s memory tips can be found in many self-help books you might have read, I enjoyed the deep dive into the workings of the brain and the reasons behind memory failure and/or retention.
In addition, I enjoyed her healthy eating and other lifestyle tips.
The author does discuss Alzheimers in one of the later chapters.
Remember is an easy-reading book for fans of self-improvement or simply to learn more about the brain. Those who enjoy learning how we make and retain memories and desire to improve memory might enjoy Remember. I consider it a worthwhile read.
Now, where did I put my glasses?!
Related: You might also enjoy Atomic Habits by James Clear.
My Rating: 4 Stars
Meet the Author of Remember, Lisa Genova
Lisa Genova graduated valedictorian, summa cum laude from Bates College with a degree in Biopsychology and has a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Harvard University. Acclaimed as the Oliver Sacks of fiction and the Michael Crichton of brain science, she is the New York Times bestselling author of Still Alice, Left Neglected, Love Anthony, Inside the O’Briens and Every Note Played. Her first nonfiction book, REMEMBER: The Science of Memory and the Art of Forgetting, was released March 23, 2021 and became an instant New York Times bestseller.
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