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A fascinating exploration of the intricacies of how we remember, why we forget, and what we can do to protect our memories, from the Harvard-trained neuroscientist and bestselling author of Still Alice. Have you ever felt a crushing wave of panic when you can't for the life of you remember the name of that actor in the movie you saw last week, or you walk into a room only t A fascinating exploration of the intricacies of how we remember, why we forget, and what we can do to protect our memories, from the Harvard-trained neuroscientist and bestselling author of Still Alice. Have you ever felt a crushing wave of panic when you can't for the life of you remember the name of that actor in the movie you saw last week, or you walk into a room only to forget why you went there in the first place? If you're over forty, you're probably not laughing. You might even be worried that these lapses in memory could be an early sign of Alzheimer's or dementia. In reality, for the vast majority of us, these examples of forgetting are completely normal. Why? Because while memory is amazing, it is far from perfect. Our brains aren't designed to remember every name we hear, plan we make, or day we experience. Just because your memory sometimes fails doesn't mean it's broken or succumbing to disease. Forgetting is actually part of being human. In Remember, neuroscientist and acclaimed novelist Lisa Genova delves into how memories are made and how we retrieve them. You'll learn whether forgotten memories are temporarily inaccessible or erased forever and why some memories are built to exist for only a few seconds (like a passcode) while others can last a lifetime (your wedding day). You'll come to appreciate the clear distinction between normal forgetting (where you parked your car) and forgetting due to Alzheimer's (that you own a car). And you'll see how memory is profoundly impacted by meaning, emotion, sleep, stress, and context. Once you understand the language of memory and how it functions, its incredible strengths and maddening weaknesses, its natural vulnerabilities and potential superpowers, you can both vastly improve your ability to remember and feel less rattled when you inevitably forget. You can set educated expectations for your memory, and in doing so, create a better relationship with it. You don't have to fear it anymore. And that can be life-changing.


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A fascinating exploration of the intricacies of how we remember, why we forget, and what we can do to protect our memories, from the Harvard-trained neuroscientist and bestselling author of Still Alice. Have you ever felt a crushing wave of panic when you can't for the life of you remember the name of that actor in the movie you saw last week, or you walk into a room only t A fascinating exploration of the intricacies of how we remember, why we forget, and what we can do to protect our memories, from the Harvard-trained neuroscientist and bestselling author of Still Alice. Have you ever felt a crushing wave of panic when you can't for the life of you remember the name of that actor in the movie you saw last week, or you walk into a room only to forget why you went there in the first place? If you're over forty, you're probably not laughing. You might even be worried that these lapses in memory could be an early sign of Alzheimer's or dementia. In reality, for the vast majority of us, these examples of forgetting are completely normal. Why? Because while memory is amazing, it is far from perfect. Our brains aren't designed to remember every name we hear, plan we make, or day we experience. Just because your memory sometimes fails doesn't mean it's broken or succumbing to disease. Forgetting is actually part of being human. In Remember, neuroscientist and acclaimed novelist Lisa Genova delves into how memories are made and how we retrieve them. You'll learn whether forgotten memories are temporarily inaccessible or erased forever and why some memories are built to exist for only a few seconds (like a passcode) while others can last a lifetime (your wedding day). You'll come to appreciate the clear distinction between normal forgetting (where you parked your car) and forgetting due to Alzheimer's (that you own a car). And you'll see how memory is profoundly impacted by meaning, emotion, sleep, stress, and context. Once you understand the language of memory and how it functions, its incredible strengths and maddening weaknesses, its natural vulnerabilities and potential superpowers, you can both vastly improve your ability to remember and feel less rattled when you inevitably forget. You can set educated expectations for your memory, and in doing so, create a better relationship with it. You don't have to fear it anymore. And that can be life-changing.

30 review for Remember: The Science of Memory and the Art of Forgetting

  1. 5 out of 5

    Yun

    Memory is such a fascinating thing. How do the mechanics of it work? How do we choose what we remember? What about all the things we forget? And what happens as we grow older and our memory starts to decline? Remember: The Science of Memory and the Art of Forgetting tackles all of these questions and more. It's divided into three parts: How We Remember, What We Forget, and Improve or Impair. Part one goes through each of the different types of memory and how they are formed. Because I came into t Memory is such a fascinating thing. How do the mechanics of it work? How do we choose what we remember? What about all the things we forget? And what happens as we grow older and our memory starts to decline? Remember: The Science of Memory and the Art of Forgetting tackles all of these questions and more. It's divided into three parts: How We Remember, What We Forget, and Improve or Impair. Part one goes through each of the different types of memory and how they are formed. Because I came into this book knowing a bit about memory creation, that part wasn't as new to me, but it was still useful to have all the information summed up in one place. Parts two and three were the most interesting because they contain a lot of new information for me. There were so many thought-provoking tidbits in there. One is that every time you recall a memory, you are editing and rewriting over the original, such that once you've done this a few times, your current version of it may deviate quite a bit from what really happened. Another is that sleeping aids memory storage and clears out the plaque that eventually leads to dementia, so sleeping is essential for good memory health. The book also spends some time talking about the differences between normal memory-retrieval glitches versus what happens with Alzheimer's. It is both straightforward in its presentation of what causes dementia and Alzheimer's, as well as comforting in its assessment of what patients with those diseases are still able to retain. And it offers many useful and practical suggestions on what you can do starting now to give you the best chance to stave off these ravaging diseases later in life. Genova both holds a degree in neuroscience and is a fiction author (she wrote Still Alice), so she's the perfect person to present this information in a way that is accessible to the layman. She expertly weaves the technical scientific information with personal anecdotes to illustrate her points, adding enough heart and humor so that it doesn't become too dry. If you're curious at all about how memory works, or you want information on how best to take care of yourself now to avoid memory diseases later in life, this is a worthwhile book to check out. My heartfelt thanks for the advance copy that was provided for my honest and unbiased review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    JanB

    How do we remember? How do our brains store memories and recall them? What impacts memory? How can we improve our memory? Divided into 3 parts: How We Remember, Why We Forget, and Improve or Repair, this book answers all these questions and more. Sound boring? Let me assure you it is anything but. The author has a PhD from Harvard in neuroscience but just as she does with her fiction books, she writes in a conversational way, using personal experiences from her own life to make the information m How do we remember? How do our brains store memories and recall them? What impacts memory? How can we improve our memory? Divided into 3 parts: How We Remember, Why We Forget, and Improve or Repair, this book answers all these questions and more. Sound boring? Let me assure you it is anything but. The author has a PhD from Harvard in neuroscience but just as she does with her fiction books, she writes in a conversational way, using personal experiences from her own life to make the information more accessible. A few teasers: - Forgetting is good! We are supposed to forget things. Remembering everything would be a curse (whew…) - Will using Google make my memory skills lazy? (nope! Yay!) - Red wine, chocolate, and working crossword puzzles helps memory. Nope, sorry, just kidding! Sadly, these are myths that have no research or scientific basis to back them up. But Lisa does have a chapter in what WILL help memory. - Multitasking is prized in our culture but is a death knell to memory - Episodic memory is like a wide-eyed preschooler at Walt Disney World who believes everything they see and think (spoiler alert: your memories of past events are probably wrong) and prospective memory for future events is your flaky friend who likes to make plans but is most often a no-show (so….I’m a flaky preschooler 😂) The above is just a fraction of what is covered, all of it fascinating. Marialyce and I have both enjoyed the author’s fiction books over the years and were quick to snap this one up. We are so glad we did. This book helped ease our fears and gave us new tools in our memory tool belts. Lisa deals with the subject of memory with incredible compassion for those with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Memory loss is heartbreaking and frustrating but it isn’t everything. Their lives still matter. Memory isn’t needed for feeling the full range of emotions, especially to love and be loved. The person may not know who you are but they know love. My mother lost her memory before she died last year. She didn’t know who I was but she knew I was someone who loved her. Her face would light up when I walked in her room and each visit ended with an “I love you.” It doesn’t take memory to love and be loved. As Lisa says: “Take it seriously. Hold it lightly.” Now I’m off to do some yoga and go to bed early, both of which help memory. Who am I kidding? I'll probably have a glass of red wine and go to bed late, but at least now I'm thinking about changing my bad habits 😊 · I received a digital copy of this book via Netgalley. All opinions are my own

  3. 4 out of 5

    Will Byrnes

    …your memories for what happened…are wrong ——————————————————— Your memory isn’t a video camera, recording a constant stream of every sight and sound you’re exposed to. You can only capture and retain what you pay attention to. ——————————————————— Just because memory sometimes fails doesn’t mean it’s in any way broken. While admittedly frustrating, forgetting is a normal part of being human. I will start off with what this book is not. Sticking - Before I began reading Remember I wanted to get m …your memories for what happened…are wrong ——————————————————— Your memory isn’t a video camera, recording a constant stream of every sight and sound you’re exposed to. You can only capture and retain what you pay attention to. ——————————————————— Just because memory sometimes fails doesn’t mean it’s in any way broken. While admittedly frustrating, forgetting is a normal part of being human. I will start off with what this book is not. Sticking - Before I began reading Remember I wanted to get my predisposition down in words. I think that a lot of how memory functions has to do with Darwinian selection. Brains that remember crucial elements of life, like where the cave lion lives, are much likelier to survive long enough to pass on their genes than the recently departed person who could not make that particular memory come to the fore. In a less lethal way, events that have dangerous impact seem likelier to pop to mind than more benign ones. I remember many social faux pas I made in my life, and still cringe at the recollection, probably because I felt that those errors caused me harm, by lowering me in the eyes of the other parties involved, impairing my career advancement, costing me the friendship of someone I admired. If your teacher, for example, someone who has power over you (albeit not the life and death sort) is loud, or cruel, or unkind to you, that image is likely to burn deeper than a casual insult from someone you care nothing about, someone who has no impact on your life. The boss hassling you as an employee is likely to stick a bit more than a co-worker doing the same. The wonderful aspects of life might stick as well, but it seems that there are fewer of them that have the bite that the negative ones offer. Do that again and you will feel GREAT! seems less likely to stick and stick hard than don’t do that again or you could die, whether literally, professionally, or in terms of social dealings! Genova does not really get into this, memory capacity as a means of natural selection, to my great disappointment. But how memory sticks is covered. We will come back to this. Lisa Genova - image from Ringling College Library Association - 2021 This is not a book about being. It does not address the large questions surrounding how much of our identity is tied up in what we can remember. (Well, not much, anyway) Are we more than the sum of our remembered experiences? If we can no longer recall those events, do we stop being who we were? Genova took this on more directly in her novel, Still Alice. There is some of that in here, but it is not a focal point. This book is more an on-the-ground explanation for some elements of memory, with suggestions for how we might improve. You want to remember the name of someone you just met? Genova has advice on how to get better at that. You want to remember material for a test? Genova has advice on how to get better at remembering your material. To support the advice, she offers some fascinating, and very accessible material on the science of how both short and long-term memories are formed. She also offers considerable solace to those of us who might wonder if we are losing it, when we frequently forget why we got up to come into this room, or where we parked the car, or where we left the keys…ad nauseum. It’s all good. Don’t sweat it. If you forget who your children are, that would be something else entirely. There is a lot to be said for the word recollect when it comes to summoning memories. In fact we do not dip into a cranial vault and drag out specific events from our past on command. The process is much more one of reassembling the sundry bits that make up a memory, or collecting them again, re-collecting them from diverse bins, sound here, scent there, tactile bits someplace else, sight another location entirely, feelings from some other room in another wing. Unlike perception and movement, which reside in specific addresses in our brains, we don’t have specialized memory-storage neurons or a memory cortex. Vision, hearing, smell, touch, and movement can all be mapped to discrete geographic regions in the brain…When we remember something, we’re not withdrawing from a “memory bank.” There is no memory bank. Long-term memories don’t reside in one particular neighborhood in your brain. And in so-doing, there is, almost inevitably, alteration. ….every time we retrieve a stored memory for what happened, it’s highly likely that we change the memory…Memory isn’t a courtroom stenographer, reading back exactly what was said. When we recall what happened, we typically fetch only some of the details we stored. We omit some bits, reinterpret parts, and distort others in light of new information, context, and perspective that are available now but weren’t back then. We frequently invent new information, often inaccurate, to fill in the gaps in our memories so that the narrative feels more complete or pleasing. What we remember about the past is often influenced by how we feel in the present. Our opinions and emotional state now color what we remember from what happened last year. And so, in revisiting episodic memories, we often reshape them. She goes over different kinds of memory, the steps involved in storing (or not) each. She looks at the impact of writing down your take on something that just happened. There is a surprise there. Sleep comes in for a look. It plays a significant role in how memories are retained. Stress can also have a major impact on memory, both in the moment of our fight-flight-freeze experience, and in the aftermath of it. Strong emotion of a more usual sort also has an impact on memory retention. Genova looks at why we forget and how it is that different people can have such diverse takes, even after having seen exactly the same thing. Most of the advice seems sound. Sometimes, though, the offered suggestions is off-base. One way to help retain memories, she writes, is to get in touch with your inner feelings. Oh, OK, sure, forget about that whole taking years in talk therapy thing, just do it, right? Genova is, after all, a neuroscientist, not a shrink. Maybe this worked for her personally, but seems a reach for most people. In a more personal vein, that she found A Star is Born (which is a wonderful film) more memorable than LaLa Land (one of the all-time great films) is just sad. Maybe she just wasn’t paying attention, or maybe had not had enough sleep the night before taking it in. Genova comes to her interest in the brain not only from a professional place of interest, but from her personal experience. When her grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Genova dug into the available science about the disease. Her undergrad degree in Biopsychology from Bates and her PhD in Neuroscience from Harvard gave her the necessary tools to learn. But what science could not offer was a sense of what it feels like to be afflicted with Alzheimer’s. That provided the motivation to write her first novel. Dozens of publishers turned it down, so she self-published in 2007, and got some notice. Still Alice, was picked up by Simon & Schuster in 2008 and published by that house in 2009, becoming an international best-seller. Julianne Moore earned a Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of linguistics professor Alice Howland, coping with Early-onset Alzheimers's in the 2014 film of the book. Genova continued writing fiction, publishing four more novels. Each built on her expertise in neuroscience and skill as a writer to show what people face, and how they cope, or don’t, when neurological challenges present. Her 2011 book, Left Neglected looks at recovery after a major brain injury; 2012’s Love Anthony considers autism; Inside the O’Briens, out in 2015, tells about life for a man in his forties diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease; and Every Note Played shows us a musician suffering through ALS. In addition to her writing, Genova is a professional speaker about Alzheimer’s, and has appeared on many TV programs and in several documentary films. She says that the acting classes she took while writing Still Alice were a huge help in building her ability to put her emotions on the page. I expect that that training also helped her a lot with her public speaking. Remember is Genova’s first non-fiction book. She applies her deep knowledge of how the brain works, adds the insight she has gained from her fiction writing, and offers a well-grounded look at memory, filling us in on what to worry about, what not to sweat, and how to improve what we want to improve. Remember is a very readable explanation of how one of our most important human capabilities works. You will learn some new things and be comforted about some shortcomings that are really no big deal. It is definitely worth your time, if you can remember to pick up a copy and read it. It is through the erosion of memory that time heals all wounds. Review posted – March 26, 2021 Publication date – March 23, 2021 Harmony Books sent me an ARE, in return for…what?...something. It’s right there on the tip of my tongue. No worries, though. I am sure it will come back to me right before I go to sleep. And a special thanks to MC for remembering to notify me about this book. I won’t forget that. =============================EXTRA STUFF Links to the author’s personal, FB, and Twitter pages Interviews -----Lisa Genova – Conversation from Penn State - by Patty Satalia – from 2011 – mostly about Alice -----Women to Watch - Lisa Genova, Neuroscientist & Novelist by Sue Rocco – audio - 44:44 – from 2020 Items of Interest about the author -----Cape Cod Magazine - Total Transformation - by Laurie Balliett - not really an interview of Genova, but about her. Definitely worth checking out -----Writer’s Digest - Living for All It’s Worth: The Novels of Neuroscientist Lisa Genova Explore Love and Empathy by Emily Esfahani Smith Items of Interest from the author -----TED talk - What You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer’s ----- A Conversation Between Good Friends Lisa Genova and Greg O’Brien - On Alzheimer’s – video - 1:39:08 -----From iUniverse to Simon & Schuster - on how she went from self-publishing to international acclaim – video – 2:28 Items of Interest -----The Penny Test - Encoding and Storage: How Our Perceptions Become Memories -----Robert Altman on Kurosawa’s Rashomon -----Wiki on the film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Related books of interest -----The amazing novel, Thomas Murphy -----My review of Patient H.M. by Luke Dittrich - Genova refers to H.M. in Chapter 1 -----Carved in Sand by Cathryn Jakobson Ramin Songs/Music -----The Fantasticks - Try to Remember -----The Earls - Remember Then -----The Shangri-Las - Remember (Walking in the Sand) -----The Platters - Remember When -----Sarah McLachlan - I Will Remember You -----Adele - Don’t You Remember -----Nat King Cole - Unforgettable

  4. 4 out of 5

    Elyse Walters

    “Could you draw both sides of a penny with total accuracy from memory right now? How can you both remember a penny and yet remember so little about it? Is your memory failing? It’s not. It’s doing exactly what it supposed to do”. ‘whew’!!!!.... I could relax before reading the rest of the book 🤸‍♀️🧘🏻‍♀️.... My brain is “doing exactly what it’s suppose to do”!!! Yippy!!! 🥳 Lisa Genova goes on to say... “Your brain is amazing. Every day, it performs a myriad of miracles—it sees, hears, tastes, smell “Could you draw both sides of a penny with total accuracy from memory right now? How can you both remember a penny and yet remember so little about it? Is your memory failing? It’s not. It’s doing exactly what it supposed to do”. ‘whew’!!!!.... I could relax before reading the rest of the book 🤸‍♀️🧘🏻‍♀️.... My brain is “doing exactly what it’s suppose to do”!!! Yippy!!! 🥳 Lisa Genova goes on to say... “Your brain is amazing. Every day, it performs a myriad of miracles—it sees, hears, tastes, smells, and senses touch. It also feels pain, pleasure, temperature, stress, and a wide range of emotions. It plans things and solves problems. It knows where you are in space so you don’t bump into walls or fall down when you step off a curb to cross the street. It comprehends and produce language. If meditates your desire for chocolate and sex, your ability to emphasize with the joy and suffering of others, an awareness of your own existence. And it can remember. Of all the complex and wondrous miracles that your brain executes, memory is king”. Lisa also goes on to say.... “In this book, you’ll learn how memories are made and how we retrieve them. Not all memories are created equal. ‘whew’... I was getting worried!.... “Some memories are built to exist for only a few seconds (a temporary passcode), whereas others can last a lifetime ( your wedding day)”. “You’ll learn that attention is essential for creating memory for anything”. ‘goody’.... I was all ears! 👂👂 Oh my gosh...Lisa was sooo right....” you can’t remember a single word to ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ until someone else sings the first lyrics, and then you can belt the entire song” 🎶🎤 “You remember nothing about the Peloponnesian War, no matter how many details are shared”. 🔫 As you can see, I decided to have a little fun reading Lisa’s new book, “Remember”... but never think for a moment that I don’t have the most respect for Lisa Genova, neuroscientist. I’m a big fan....having read every book she’s written. I always come away learning something new. This new - nonfiction - book is a fascinating, intriguing look at how we remember, how we forget forget, and how we can we can improve the health of our aging brain. Lisa’s a natural storyteller. While tackling the latest findings neurological, biochemical, and psychological, she puts the reader at ease with a light anecdotal style, and sense of humor. There are many personal stories, (ever stung by a jellyfish?)...... pointing out ways the brain captures sights, sounds, information, emotion, and meaning of what was perceived —— mixed with scientific information....(encoding, consolidation, storage, retrieval), making this book relatable, and very enjoyable!! With dozens of personal stories, humor, and practical accessibility — Lisa Genova is a very compassionate author! 🍫Chocolate anyone?.... As rule of thumb, anything that is good for your heart is good for your brain— But.... “There is no compelling evidence that shows that chocolate reduces your risk of Alzheimer’s. Sorry, folks”

  5. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    I’ve been a huge fan of Lisa Genova’s fiction. And I have family members that have had or are suffering from dementia. So, it was an easy decision to read her nonfiction book on memory and how we remember. I immediately appreciated her putting my fears to rest. All those “forgotten” memories? They weren’t forgotten. They were never formed in the first place because I wasn’t paying attention! The book truly is fascinating. Genova consistently assures us we are not losing our minds. Tip of tongue I’ve been a huge fan of Lisa Genova’s fiction. And I have family members that have had or are suffering from dementia. So, it was an easy decision to read her nonfiction book on memory and how we remember. I immediately appreciated her putting my fears to rest. All those “forgotten” memories? They weren’t forgotten. They were never formed in the first place because I wasn’t paying attention! The book truly is fascinating. Genova consistently assures us we are not losing our minds. Tip of tongue forgetfulness is not a sign of Alzheimer’s. Progressive memory is the worst, just use a damn to do list. She employs many personal stories to keep the book from being dry. I highly recommend this book to anyone worried about their aging brains. And she even gives you some tips to help. I especially appreciated being told relying on Google wouldn’t cause my poor aging memory to suffer. My thanks to netgalley and Rodale for an advance copy of this book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Petra X's driving in a Mustang GT to Key West

    This is kind of a mash-up book, science and selfhelp. I usually dislike selfhelp books but this one was interesting because it wasn't going on about mnemonic training but how to make a memory in the first place (rather than forgetting) and how to optimise studying to fit in with how the brain works. I hope I remember the advice :-) Short-term memory is stored in the hippocampus, should you treat this organ badly - too much stress bathes it in cortisol and not enough sleep are both very bad - the This is kind of a mash-up book, science and selfhelp. I usually dislike selfhelp books but this one was interesting because it wasn't going on about mnemonic training but how to make a memory in the first place (rather than forgetting) and how to optimise studying to fit in with how the brain works. I hope I remember the advice :-) Short-term memory is stored in the hippocampus, should you treat this organ badly - too much stress bathes it in cortisol and not enough sleep are both very bad - then your short term memory is shot. But if you treat it well and still forget where your keys are it's because you didn't form the memory to begin with. To form a memory you need to pay attention or else do something habitually. Attention and repetition are key. If you always put your keys in the same place, habituation will have formed a long-term memory, if you put them in different places all the time and have to hunt for them (my son does this) then you need to put your keys down and commit to memory (or your phone) exactly where they are rather than dumping them and moving on. The best way of studying is to study, self test, have a nap. Repeat, endlessly. Self-testing is another form of repetition and sleep is when the hippocampus clears out and its short term memories moved out to the neurons that buzz around remembering things. The author's husband worked out a very effective way of studying, it might be worth trying. Study, self-test, have a cup of coffee, have a 20 minute nap. The self-testing and napping both help with making the material a (more permanent) memory, and the caffeine which takes 25 minutes to process will have you bright-eyed and bushy-tailed eager and able to start studying again. It's a good book, in part because the author is very relateable and hints at a possibly misspent youth (always a plus, one tends to think of scientists as having been nerdy), and also writes very well. It's not a 5 star book, there's not enough either depth or anecdotes, but it is good and I think that just as the author has written some 5 star books - Still Alice in the genre she invented - neurological novels, she will write some top-notch non-fiction in the future. ____________________ Notes on Reading This book has been out 5 days, and looks like a major hit, but is it? The 4.49 stars, from 194 ratings and 155 reviews are ALL with the possible exception of up to 10 ratings/couple of reviews are freebies. They might all be 'honest' and they might all be not, I don't know yet, but I always find such an overt marketing scheme to persuade you the book is FABULOUS and WORTH SPENDING $$$ on (I like hardbacks best) kind of offputting. However, I liked a couple of Lisa Genova's novels and since she is a scientist first, I am interested to read a science book from her not framed as a story, so we will see... (We saw, very good!)

  7. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    Lisa Genova's new book on memory offers some fascinating insights into how our brain not only forms and stores memories, but also lets us forget the mundane and unimportant and also what we can do to improve our ability to remember. Her lively writing style and way of delivering information simply with anecdotes to illustrate makes it very readable and easy to understand. Divided into three sections, the book deals firstly with how we make and retrieve memories and the different types of memory, Lisa Genova's new book on memory offers some fascinating insights into how our brain not only forms and stores memories, but also lets us forget the mundane and unimportant and also what we can do to improve our ability to remember. Her lively writing style and way of delivering information simply with anecdotes to illustrate makes it very readable and easy to understand. Divided into three sections, the book deals firstly with how we make and retrieve memories and the different types of memory, then with why we forget and why poor retrieval of memory (such as forgetting names at a party) can happen to anyone and finally how to improve our memories and do what we can to fend off Alzheimer's with exercise, diet and sleep (unfortunately not with red wine but coffee is beneficial as long as it doesn't affect sleep). Reducing stress, meditation, learning to pay attention and be in the moment and mental stimulation are also discussed as important ways to improve brain function and memory. It was also a relief for my ageing brain to be told that making lists and using Google are both perfectly valid memory aides. This is a book most people would enjoy reading, especially if you're interested in memory and how it works. With many thanks to Rodale Inc and Netgalley for a copy to read.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)

    After finishing Lisa Genova’s new book Remember, I breathed a sigh of relief. I know many of us worry about forgetting, about the loss of memory, of having the start of Alzheimer's that if we misplace our keys, we are in a panic state. However, Dr Genova assures us that this is natural and gives us some solid ideas about how to help our memory and ultimately the functionality of our brain. Dr Genova delves into the various parts of our amazing brain and How each section functions as not only a thi After finishing Lisa Genova’s new book Remember, I breathed a sigh of relief. I know many of us worry about forgetting, about the loss of memory, of having the start of Alzheimer's that if we misplace our keys, we are in a panic state. However, Dr Genova assures us that this is natural and gives us some solid ideas about how to help our memory and ultimately the functionality of our brain. Dr Genova delves into the various parts of our amazing brain and How each section functions as not only a thinking processor but also the way we retain information. She cautions us that some of the information presented to us is not yet proven. I will say I was disappointed to find that red wine is not the panacea it is reported to be! 😢 All of us age and for many we do not have the brain we had in our twenties. But take heart, anything we learn does increase our brain’s capacity, so keep reading all! I have always enjoyed Dr Genova’s books and this one was no exception. I recommend it to those who want that assurance that forgetting something is natural and a part of the maturing process. Don’t panic if your phone goes missing, but do perhaps raise an eyebrow if you find it in the refrigerator! Thank you to Lisa Genova, Penguin Random House, and Netgalley for a copy of this informative book, due out on March 23,2021.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Metcalf

    4,5 stars Lisa Genova has a degree in biopsychology and a Harvard Uni PhD in neuroscience.   She's also written award winning novels, most notably Still Alice which was made into an Oscar winning movie.     Knowing all of these facts didn't guarantee I'd enjoy her latest non-fiction title Remember: The Science of Memory and the Art of Forgetting but it certainly increased my enthusiasm for reading it.    For the record, I was spellbound from the very first word until the last and am sure it will 4,5 stars Lisa Genova has a degree in biopsychology and a Harvard Uni PhD in neuroscience.   She's also written award winning novels, most notably Still Alice which was made into an Oscar winning movie.     Knowing all of these facts didn't guarantee I'd enjoy her latest non-fiction title Remember: The Science of Memory and the Art of Forgetting but it certainly increased my enthusiasm for reading it.    For the record, I was spellbound from the very first word until the last and am sure it will be a book I will long remember (pun intended) and will return to time and again. I made copious notes as I read, so great was my interest and my level of engagement with the book.  It was both informative and incredibly easy to read as she used accessible language and included examples that I'm sure would resonate with readers of all ages.     Not only did she explain how the memory works but she set out to assure readers that forgetting can be equally important (yes, you read that right...I was surprised too).     A couple of her chapters were dedicated to Alzheimer's, differentiating between normal lapses of memory and those memory changes and losses that are more likely to be of concern.     Importantly she wrote about everyday things we can each do to protect our memories and to reduce the risk of Alzheimer's. Sure, I'll admit I have a strong interest in brain function so perhaps I'm biased but I honestly believe this book will be a huge success.    There is something of value to be found for all readers whether like me you're simply interested in learning, if you're a student looking to enhance your study skills, or if you or other family members are aging and showing signs of memory loss.   Highly recommended reading.  My thanks to the author, Harmony Books, (an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC) and NetGalley for the opportunity of reading this digital ARC in exchange for an honest review which it was my pleasure to provide.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Cheri

    This is the third or fourth book that I’ve read by Lisa Genova, and the first that is a non-fictional portrait of a disease. Genova already covered the fallibility of memory in Still Alice, but this covers the topic of memory for those who worry about their own memory slipping, or their loved ones, and more. From Marilu Henner’s remarkable memory to those she counts among her friends who suffer from some level of memory loss, those who are struggling, this covers a vast amount of territory. Stil This is the third or fourth book that I’ve read by Lisa Genova, and the first that is a non-fictional portrait of a disease. Genova already covered the fallibility of memory in Still Alice, but this covers the topic of memory for those who worry about their own memory slipping, or their loved ones, and more. From Marilu Henner’s remarkable memory to those she counts among her friends who suffer from some level of memory loss, those who are struggling, this covers a vast amount of territory. Still, Genova always manages to keep it from becoming anything close to a textbook presentation of a scientific topic, even though she includes lots of facts, at the same time she also manages to keep this readable, even entertaining at times. Memory is based on many things, but also influenced by our emotions of that moment. If we associate a place, for instance, with a moment that brought us great happiness, falling in love, a moment in time or place, or achieving a lifelong dream, these memories of a place are then influenced by those feelings - which isn’t a bad thing, necessarily, but let’s say if that love story has a less-than-happy ending, your desire to return to that once special place may diminish because of the association. ’Memory is the sum of what we remember and what we forget.’ For those worried about dementia, or those worried about loved ones who are struggling with their memory, or anyone interested in this topic - this is a must read. Genova’s style of sharing makes this a captivating read, offering advice on how to improve your ability to retain information, along with advice on how your lifestyle affects your memory. Reading this felt more like a personal conversation with Genova, or sitting inside a classroom with a loved and trusted teacher who always held your attention, whose every word was welcome, reassuring advice from a friend. Genova offers anecdotes that offer some comfort for those everyday lapses in memory - forgetting the name of a person who met once at a party, forgetting where you parked your car, or left your car keys, or returning from the store only to realize you forgot to pick up one of the items that you went there to buy. Pub Date: 23 Mar 2021 Many thanks for the ARC provided by Rodale Inc. / Harmony Books #Remember #NetGalley

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    I absolutely love Lisa Genova, she is an author whose stories always teach and have a unique perspective. I've read all of her books and I knew even though this one was non fiction I was still interested. Specifically because my husband suffers from PTSD and has memory issues. This book looks into the science of how we remember, how our brains store memories and recall information The book is divided into how we remember and why we forget. What I love is that Lisa uses personal experiences to ma I absolutely love Lisa Genova, she is an author whose stories always teach and have a unique perspective. I've read all of her books and I knew even though this one was non fiction I was still interested. Specifically because my husband suffers from PTSD and has memory issues. This book looks into the science of how we remember, how our brains store memories and recall information The book is divided into how we remember and why we forget. What I love is that Lisa uses personal experiences to make the material more relatable and easier to understand. I learned so much while reading and was able to share it with my husband who was so happy to hear that even though he sometimes can not remember, it doesn't mean he is actually losing his memory. That memory is often impacted by our emotions, our sleeping habits, stress, and what's going on around us. I would definitely recommend this book, even if you are not a non fiction reader. Lisa always writes in a way that is easy to read and educational. If you've enjoyed her fiction works read this one. Due out March 2021, thanks to the publisher, Rodale and Netgalley for my advanced ebook copy.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Linden

    Lisa Genova, a neuroscientist and author of Still Alice, discusses facets of memory, the impact of stress, and how not all forgetting (even those things that are just on the tip of your tongue) means the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Her example was clear: everyone misplaces their keys, but if you find your keys in the refrigerator, it might be time to worry. She describes semantic (things we just know, like state capitals) and episodic (remembrance of a vacation). Creating a long lasting semant Lisa Genova, a neuroscientist and author of Still Alice, discusses facets of memory, the impact of stress, and how not all forgetting (even those things that are just on the tip of your tongue) means the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Her example was clear: everyone misplaces their keys, but if you find your keys in the refrigerator, it might be time to worry. She describes semantic (things we just know, like state capitals) and episodic (remembrance of a vacation). Creating a long lasting semantic memory requires practice. We also learn about people with HSAM (highly superior autobiographical memory) who can remember what happened on most any date in the past. Three and a half stars. Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tamar...light at the end of the tunnel?

    I have written and re-written this review about a dozen times and still don’t know what I want to write, other than I loved this book. It is so “user friendly” and the author’s style is almost haimish, it’s so accessible and cozy. But if you’re looking for the scientific terminology, it’s all there too. There’s an explanation for almost every type of memory or loss of memory, how we remember, how we alter our memories, even how we remember things that we never even experienced, merely by hearing I have written and re-written this review about a dozen times and still don’t know what I want to write, other than I loved this book. It is so “user friendly” and the author’s style is almost haimish, it’s so accessible and cozy. But if you’re looking for the scientific terminology, it’s all there too. There’s an explanation for almost every type of memory or loss of memory, how we remember, how we alter our memories, even how we remember things that we never even experienced, merely by hearing someone else’s description of a memory. How it is possible that our most vivid memories can be completely wrong. Do I want to remember everything? No! keeping a diary or other exercises will work, I know, but why would I want to remember the banal or unimportant. There are things that you do want to remember forever – or at least fondly and for a very long time. But not every happy moment in your life can be remembered (alas). Dramatic episodic memories may last a lifetime – whether happy or sad. So, now I understand a little better, what makes my brain tick and how different parts of the brain are responsible for different types of memory - for short-term memories of just a few numbers or words, how and where longer memories are stored, in what way I remember how to walk and talk, ski, drive or ride a bike, memorize telephone numbers or methods for remembering long lists of things (anyone who has ever studied for a Bar Exam, probably learned to employ similar techniques for memorizing procedure, jurisdiction, elements of a section of law, etc.). I don’t think there is anyone who hasn’t (on numerous occasions) parked their car and then walked back a block to two to make sure they remembered to lock it, or later on remember where they parked it, or fell into a hypnotic trance while driving only to suddenly become disoriented and not remember passing familiar landmarks. This book answers many questions this layman has often pondered – and many more I never knew to ask. And, I read it like a layman – for pleasure and not for study – so fun! Thank you NetGalley and Rodale Inc./Harmony for and ARC of this amazing book. I LOVED IT!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Literary Redhead

    As une femme d'un certain âge, my poor memory is cobwebbed. So to get an ARC of Lisa Genova’s newest book, REMEMBER, made me cheer. I’ve devoured all her medical novels, enjoying her fine writing and in-depth knowledge as a real-life neuroscientist. These strengths inform REMEMBER, too — a powerful non-fiction guide to memories: Why we remember, why we don’t, and helpful tips to protect and improve this precious gift. Lisa explains complex concepts succinctly, as she helps readers understand the As une femme d'un certain âge, my poor memory is cobwebbed. So to get an ARC of Lisa Genova’s newest book, REMEMBER, made me cheer. I’ve devoured all her medical novels, enjoying her fine writing and in-depth knowledge as a real-life neuroscientist. These strengths inform REMEMBER, too — a powerful non-fiction guide to memories: Why we remember, why we don’t, and helpful tips to protect and improve this precious gift. Lisa explains complex concepts succinctly, as she helps readers understand the mysteries of the neurosystem. In STILL ALICE, it was early on-set dementia. In LEFT NEGLECTED, traumatic brain injury. LOVE ANTHONY, autism. REMEMBER is as memorable as her elegant fiction and especially valuable for vulnerable minds. Highly recommended! 5 of 5 Stars Pub Date 23 Mar 2021 #Remember #NetGalley Thanks to Lisa, Rodale Inc., and NetGalley for the ARC. Opinions are mine.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kasa Cotugno

    Lisa Genova is a neuroscientist who has written several well known novels invested with her subject, bringing to life characters suffering from neurological conditions she knows so well. Here she breaks from that path in writing a very accessible book about memory, how it works, can be improved, and what to look for during the aging process. She always gives a great deal of information, clearly and relatable, and this is no exception.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Diane S ☔

    3. 5 A neuroscientist as well as author, Genova takes us on a journey through the human brain, and how it processes our memories. The chapters cover various topics and there was quite a bit of reinforcement from one chapter to the next. Constant repetition though is one way we ensure our memories are stored. She show us how memories are made and what part of the brain. She dispels several misconceptions which I found reassuring. Many of our worries about our memories or I should say losing them, 3. 5 A neuroscientist as well as author, Genova takes us on a journey through the human brain, and how it processes our memories. The chapters cover various topics and there was quite a bit of reinforcement from one chapter to the next. Constant repetition though is one way we ensure our memories are stored. She show us how memories are made and what part of the brain. She dispels several misconceptions which I found reassuring. Many of our worries about our memories or I should say losing them, are common after all. Again comforting to know. I knew much of this before from previous readings, so the last chapter is the one I found most informative. What does and doesn't work to aid in preventing Alzheimers and of course excercise and diet is of utmost importance. I won't list all the things that help or don't, one should read the book themselves, but I will say that red wine drinkers will be disappointed. ARC from Edelweiss.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    Brilliant and unforgettable read (pun intended) about the science of remembering and forgetting. I had no idea Lisa Genova was a neuroscientist, but knowing her writing so well from her incredible novels, I just had to give Remember a try. And I'm glad I did because it was a very well-written, accessible and gripping book (I would expect no less from Lisa Genova) about forming, changing and forgetting our memories. The book is divided into two main parts: how we remember and why we forget. In eac Brilliant and unforgettable read (pun intended) about the science of remembering and forgetting. I had no idea Lisa Genova was a neuroscientist, but knowing her writing so well from her incredible novels, I just had to give Remember a try. And I'm glad I did because it was a very well-written, accessible and gripping book (I would expect no less from Lisa Genova) about forming, changing and forgetting our memories. The book is divided into two main parts: how we remember and why we forget. In each of them, the author brings up specific examples from personal experience and popular events, which makes this book actually interesting for "regular" people - think of the Charles Duhigg fashion in The Power of Habit. What's more, what actually amde Genova's work so good in my opinion was her ability to make a sciency read realistically accessible and gripping. As someone who enjoyes science nonfiction once in a while, I truly appreciated the language in Remember for not being so dull and dry. Overall, this was a highly educational yet actually interesting book. I especially like that the author explained why and how remembering is so easily impacted with our emotions, sleep patters, environmental factors, stress and other factors, which is what totally blew my mind. *Thank you to the Publisher for a free advance copy of this book in exchnage for an honest review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Debbie "DJ"

    Genova is one of my favorite authors, and I’ve never forgotten her book “Still Alice”. This book helps me understand why I REMEMBER! A big thank you to Lisa Genova! She took away my secret fear that I must be heading towards dementia. Just last week I was in the middle of talking and completely forgot my point! It’s okay! Genova explains why this happens. One cool thing I learned was how to remember a grocery list (of course any list will do). Six items were listed and I’ll be darned, when I used Genova is one of my favorite authors, and I’ve never forgotten her book “Still Alice”. This book helps me understand why I REMEMBER! A big thank you to Lisa Genova! She took away my secret fear that I must be heading towards dementia. Just last week I was in the middle of talking and completely forgot my point! It’s okay! Genova explains why this happens. One cool thing I learned was how to remember a grocery list (of course any list will do). Six items were listed and I’ll be darned, when I used her method I could remember every item, if fact, still can! Genova has packed a lot into this book, but sometimes I felt things were repeated too often. Well duh, that was probably the point! Loved it! Thanks to NetGalley for the advanced copy.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Courtney McGrale

    When you pick up anything written by Lisa Genova, you just know it’s going to be great. Genova has the true gift of being able to deliver neuroscience to the masses, in a really palatable style. I really enjoyed this nonfiction read about memory in all of its bold and nearly imperceptible forms; about how a d why we remember, and about how futile holding onto our every memory truly is. This is a quick, interesting and curiously engaging read, which includes practices and lifestyle tips to enhanc When you pick up anything written by Lisa Genova, you just know it’s going to be great. Genova has the true gift of being able to deliver neuroscience to the masses, in a really palatable style. I really enjoyed this nonfiction read about memory in all of its bold and nearly imperceptible forms; about how a d why we remember, and about how futile holding onto our every memory truly is. This is a quick, interesting and curiously engaging read, which includes practices and lifestyle tips to enhance memory and brain health. Thank you #Netgalley, for providing me with an ARC copy to review!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Schultz

    Author Lisa Genova is a neuroscientist. She earned her undergraduate degree from Bates College in biopsychology and holds a PhD in neuroscience from Harvard. I have read a Lisa Genova book which was Inside the O’Briens. I really enjoyed it. However, at that time I never wrote much in the way of a review so only make a comment. Which was … The O’Briens will stay with you long after you close the book. Hmm I wish I had written more … as I complete forgot all about the O’Briens. Counting on this Author Lisa Genova is a neuroscientist. She earned her undergraduate degree from Bates College in biopsychology and holds a PhD in neuroscience from Harvard. I have read a Lisa Genova book which was Inside the O’Briens. I really enjoyed it. However, at that time I never wrote much in the way of a review so only make a comment. Which was … The O’Briens will stay with you long after you close the book. Hmm I wish I had written more … as I complete forgot all about the O’Briens. Counting on this book to help me! Since I am not a big Nonfiction fan, I was a bit intimidated and fearful that it was going to be full of science lingo and I would think… “What it she trying to say?” Well she does say what she is trying to say in terms we can relate. Trust me this book is sooo helpful!! I highly recommend it.💞 Want to thank NetGalley and Rodale Inc. for this early release his file has been made available to me for professional review purposes only. Opinions expressed in this review are from my own memory! Publishing Release Date scheduled for March 23, 2021 I am listing some notes from the book and marking them spoiler however they are for my own benefit as #10 points out. I thought the best place would be in this review ~ therefore I would remember where I put my notes! (view spoiler)[ 1. Pay attention 2. See it 3. Make it Meaningful 4. Use you Imagination 5. Location, Location, Location 6. Make it About you 7. Look for the Drama 8. Mix it up 9. Practice Makes Perfect 10. Use plenty of Strong Retrieval Cues 11. Be Positive 12. Externalize Your Memory 13. Context Matters 14. Chill Out 15. Get Enough Sleep 16. When Trying to Remember someone’s Name Turn Your Bakers in to Bakers (This is a good one to remember!) (hide spoiler)]

  21. 5 out of 5

    R

    I love this author’s writing style and have enjoyed her novels dealing with neurological conditions. But I did struggle to get through her first novel, Still Alice, only because the subject matter of Alzheimer’s hit close to home. My once vibrant and dynamic grandmother suffered from that heartbreaking disease. Still Alice was a very emotional read. But now, after reading this author’s nonfiction book about memory, it actually eased my ever growing fears and concerns about Alzheimer’s. This was I love this author’s writing style and have enjoyed her novels dealing with neurological conditions. But I did struggle to get through her first novel, Still Alice, only because the subject matter of Alzheimer’s hit close to home. My once vibrant and dynamic grandmother suffered from that heartbreaking disease. Still Alice was a very emotional read. But now, after reading this author’s nonfiction book about memory, it actually eased my ever growing fears and concerns about Alzheimer’s. This was not your typical nonfiction book about memory. It was extremely well written with details that were supported by many relatable examples and anecdotes. The tone was quite conversational not clinical. This was what made this nonfiction read so engaging and interesting- and yet very educational. An ARC was given in exchange for an honest review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Shell Hunt

    "Of all the complex and wondrous miracles that your brain executes, memory is king." If Lisa Genova wrote a book about concrete nails, I would pick it up without any hesitation. This one does not disappoint. Full review to come Shout out the MVP's here: Lisa Genova (of course!), Net Galley, and Rodale Inc.! "Of all the complex and wondrous miracles that your brain executes, memory is king." If Lisa Genova wrote a book about concrete nails, I would pick it up without any hesitation. This one does not disappoint. Full review to come Shout out the MVP's here: Lisa Genova (of course!), Net Galley, and Rodale Inc.!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Leona

    Thank you to NetGalley for the advance copy. This is a fascinating book by one of my favorite novelists. The accessible language and conversational tone along with the compelling information is a great vehicle for information I hope to 'remember'. I liked the anecdotes and the referral to them throughout the book in support of the points. I think she utilized some of her memory tips even in the delivery of the material. It’s reassuring to read what is ‘normal' along with practical tips and tools Thank you to NetGalley for the advance copy. This is a fascinating book by one of my favorite novelists. The accessible language and conversational tone along with the compelling information is a great vehicle for information I hope to 'remember'. I liked the anecdotes and the referral to them throughout the book in support of the points. I think she utilized some of her memory tips even in the delivery of the material. It’s reassuring to read what is ‘normal' along with practical tips and tools to keep ourselves healthy. I feel this book is very relevant and I strongly recommend it.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Merce

    Kudos to Lisa Genova for taking the risk of writing a nonfiction book after already being a successful author of quite a few fictional novels. I truly enjoyed "Still Alice" and "The Last Note Played", her other works are still in my "TBR" list. In her previous narratives she demonstrates an incredible ability to develop characters full of humanity and empathy and at the same time her stories are supported and complemented by her background as a neuroscientist. In contrast, her non fiction work: " Kudos to Lisa Genova for taking the risk of writing a nonfiction book after already being a successful author of quite a few fictional novels. I truly enjoyed "Still Alice" and "The Last Note Played", her other works are still in my "TBR" list. In her previous narratives she demonstrates an incredible ability to develop characters full of humanity and empathy and at the same time her stories are supported and complemented by her background as a neuroscientist. In contrast, her non fiction work: "Remember: The Science of Memory and the Art of Forgetting" is a scientific book about the different types of memories, how they are made, kept and retrieved, and much more. It is written in such a clear, fascinating and intriguing way that it reads as easily as a novel. Lisa Genova's style is full of personalized events and anecdotes, positive attitude and a hint of humor. I will revisit this book periodically, if only to remember how memory works. I would suggest this reading to anyone, starting with high school students in an attempt to create awareness of all the strategies that can improve the learning process. Having a history of Alzheimer in my immediate family, her lines are reassuring and extremely relatable. Thank you Netgalley and Harmony for an ARC of this book. #lisagenova #netgalley

  25. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Thank you to NetGalley for an electronic ARC in exchange for my honest review. This book will be published March 23, 2021. I’m a big fan of Lisa Genova’s fiction books (Still Alice, Every Note Played) but this was my first time reading a nonfiction book by her. Her PhD in Neuroscience from Harvard plus her skill at writing makes this a fascinating read. I learned a lot about how the memory works and things we can do to strengthen our memories.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Donna Beiderman

    Remember Lisa Genova ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Publication date 3/23/21 When I saw this book was available to request on NetGalley I was very excited. Not only do I love Lisa Geneva’s writing, dementia and memory disorders are near and dear to me. Both my grandmothers suffered memory loss - my nana - dementia and my Nonna traumatic brain injury. My mother too has been diagnosed with dementia so I feel I’m reliving some of the hardest parts of my life. It can be frustrating, scary and feelings of hopelessness. Th Remember Lisa Genova ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Publication date 3/23/21 When I saw this book was available to request on NetGalley I was very excited. Not only do I love Lisa Geneva’s writing, dementia and memory disorders are near and dear to me. Both my grandmothers suffered memory loss - my nana - dementia and my Nonna traumatic brain injury. My mother too has been diagnosed with dementia so I feel I’m reliving some of the hardest parts of my life. It can be frustrating, scary and feelings of hopelessness. This book helped me immensely, it put my mind at ease as Lisa shares her background on neuroscience and memory. She writes in a way that makes these two topics easy to follow and in such a compassionate way. I was able to relax and breathe as I was learning how common it is to frequently forget little things like why I came upstairs or what am I looking for in the refrigerator. This nonfiction book clearly explains the different parts are the brain and how and where memories are stored and why two people remembering a memory will have many differences in what they remembered. She was able to describe how we remember things easily when they are traumatic while forgetting what we ate for dinner last week. Written with love I enjoyed the connection to some of the personal stories she includes, and gives tools and advice on how and why we forget and how to be more present to possibly retain more information. This is a fascinating book and I look forward to sharing what I learned with my Mom, friends and family.I highly recommend picking up this book because it is informative and can be beneficial to understanding the science behind memories and will keep me less rattled when I do forget!! I’m so grateful to have been given the chance to read Remember THE SCIENCE OF MEMORY AND THE ART OF FORGETTING, a huge thank you to Penguin Random House, NetGalley and of course Lisa Genova for this advanced readers’ copy for an exchange for an honest review. www.instagram.com/donnasnotsosecretbo... Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/1... #lisagenova #remember #netgalley #dementia #alzheimers #penguinrandomhouse #advancedreaderscopy #memoryloss

  27. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    Thank you Netgalley for this ARC of Remember by Lisa Genova. I am a huge Genova fan. I've read most of her books and every single one is an emotional gut punch that teaches me so much. She's a scientist, and a fabulous story teller to boot, so it's always a unique, compelling, and educational experience reading her work. This is not a story, but rather a deep dive into the science of memory, and how our brains store and recall information. She is descriptive with the parts of the brain required to Thank you Netgalley for this ARC of Remember by Lisa Genova. I am a huge Genova fan. I've read most of her books and every single one is an emotional gut punch that teaches me so much. She's a scientist, and a fabulous story teller to boot, so it's always a unique, compelling, and educational experience reading her work. This is not a story, but rather a deep dive into the science of memory, and how our brains store and recall information. She is descriptive with the parts of the brain required to keep memory, and reassures that forgetting simple thing does not automatically mean that our brains are failing. But this is not a dry text book read. Genova extracts relatable examples and anecdotes to illustrate this particular function of the brain. As always, I learned a lot, and I was impressed at her ability to use layman's terms to outline something so complex.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Irene

    Remember by Lisa Genova Now have a better understanding why certain events are remembered and others are forgotten. Ms Genova details examples from her personal experience and common events. Insightful information about brain development as one ages. An educational and an interesting read. Thank you to the publisher, author, and NetGalley for the opportunity to preview the book.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Langert

    I received an ARC of Remember from NetGalley. This is the 6th book written by Lisa Genova and I have read them all. This is her first non-fiction book, an excellent dissertation on the subject of memory. I wondered how the author would make a non-fiction work be as interesting and entertaining as her novels. Her novels have strong, compelling characters. What Lisa Genova does in Remember is use vivid examples extensively to illustrate her points. And she also brings is some real life characters t I received an ARC of Remember from NetGalley. This is the 6th book written by Lisa Genova and I have read them all. This is her first non-fiction book, an excellent dissertation on the subject of memory. I wondered how the author would make a non-fiction work be as interesting and entertaining as her novels. Her novels have strong, compelling characters. What Lisa Genova does in Remember is use vivid examples extensively to illustrate her points. And she also brings is some real life characters to assist in explaining aspects of memory. Some of the characters have great memories, some not. She also uses examples from her own life, where she has experiences like yours and mine, to explain how memory works. Besides learning a lot about how memory works, you gain an understanding from this book of what to expect from a normal memory. Everyone forgets things. Nobody remembers everything. You also learn ways to improve your memory. Do you want to be better at remembering the names of people you meet? This book has some great techniques that can work. Finally, the book finishes up with a discussion about Alzheimer's disease. What causes it? How can it be prevented? Lisa Genova has a brilliant mind and communicates her knowledge in an easy-to-understand way. This book is as strong as any of her novels.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne

    Normally I find nonfiction a slower read than fiction but I devoured this book. Lisa Genova explains how our brains remember things and it is okay to forget some things. There is some medical jargon but it is explained in a way we all can understand and she also uses everyday experiences to explain why we remember some things long term and others not at all. My take away from all this is pay attention. If we pay attention to our surroundings we will remember more. Get enough sleep because that l Normally I find nonfiction a slower read than fiction but I devoured this book. Lisa Genova explains how our brains remember things and it is okay to forget some things. There is some medical jargon but it is explained in a way we all can understand and she also uses everyday experiences to explain why we remember some things long term and others not at all. My take away from all this is pay attention. If we pay attention to our surroundings we will remember more. Get enough sleep because that lets our brains heal, eat healthy and exercise. Oh and it's okay to google things you can't remember. Thank you to Netgalley and Rodale Inc for providing me a copy of this book.

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