Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Book: Lisa Genova's "Remember: The Science Of Memory And The Art Of Forgetting"

My first book of 2022 was on a subject I've been struggling with.  Lisa Genova's "Remember: The Science of Memory and the Art of Forgetting" discusses memory, how it works, how it is flawed, how we forget, and why we forget.

As I grow older my memory is going to crap and this book comforted me.  Will it improve my memory?  Not really, but it will help me accept that the forgetting I am experiencing is normal.  She points out common memory lapses and compares them to those experienced during dementia and Alzheimer's. What I seem to be experiencing (completely forgetting my first James Taylor concert or an entire street that I'd traveled every week for several years) is perfectly normal for a person of my age.  I don't like it but it is what it is.  Now I just need to be more accepting and less argumentative (the Wife would be very happy if I manage to do this).

I gave this book four stars out of five on Goodreads.  It was exactly what I needed to hear … even if I don't like what the author is saying.

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