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Thomas DeBaggio (2003). Losing My Mind : An Intimate Look at Life with Alzheimer's.

This first-person account of Alzheimer's ties several powerful stories together. Losing My Mind blends personal history with the fear and pain of developing the disease at the age of 57; it is both a sadly fascinating account of Alzheimer's progression and an attempt for the writer to remember his past before it is gone for good.

Review by Peter J. Whitehouse, M.D., Ph.D., New England Journal of Medicine: http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJM200209123471124

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Thomas DeBaggio (Aug 21, 2007). When It Gets Dark: An Enlightened Reflection on Life with Alzheimer's.

A poignant account of the author's experiences as a person with Alzheimer's discusses his frustrations with his deteriorating mental faculties, his steadfast sense of wonder at the world around him, his real and remembered visits to important places.

Review by Kirkus Reviews: http://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/non-fiction/thomas-debaggio/when-it-gets-dark/

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Anthony Doerr (2011). Memory Wall: Stories.

Set on four continents, Anthony Doerr's new stories are about memory, the source of meaning and coherence in our lives, the fragile thread that connects us to ourselves and to others. Every hour, says Doerr, all over the globe, an infinite number of memories disappear. Yet at the same time children, surveying territory that is entirely new to them, push back the darkness, form fresh memories, and remake the world.

Review by Terrence Rafferty, New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/01/books/review/Rafferty-t.html

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 Joshua Foer (2011). Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything.

Foer's unlikely journey from chronically forgetful science journalist to U.S. Memory Champion frames a revelatory exploration of the vast, hidden impact of memory on every aspect of our lives.  

Review by Alexandra Horowitz, New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/13/books/review/book-review-moonwalking-with-einstein-by-joshua-foer.html?pagewanted=all

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 Sue Halpern (2008). Can't Remember What I Forgot: The Good News from the Front Lines of Memory Research.

When Sue Halpern decided to emulate the first modern scientist of memory, Hermann Ebbinghaus, who experimented on himself, she had no idea that after a day of radioactive testing, her brain would become so “hot” that leaving through the front door of the lab would trigger the alarm. This was not the first time while researching Can’t Remember What I Forgot, part of which appeared in The New Yorker, that Halpern had her head examined, nor would it be the last.   

Review by Kyla Dunn, New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/25/books/review/Dunn-t.html




Dr. Elizabeth Loftus and Katherine Ketcham (1996). The Myth of Repressed Memory: False Memories and Allegations of Sexual Abuse.

While acknowledging the reality of childhood sexual abuse, Loftus, a research psychologist specializing in memory, believes that in many cases, people create false memories of nonexistent abuse, prompted to do so by their psychotherapists.

Review by LeRoy Schultz, Emeritus Professor, West Virginia University.: http://www.ipt-forensics.com/journal/volume7/j7_2_br10.htm

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Dr. Elizabeth Loftus and Katherine Ketcham (1992). Witness for the Defense: The Accused, the Eyewitness and the Expert Who Puts Memory on Trial.

The "passion" Loftus describes in the lines above led her to a teaching career at the University of Washington and, perhaps more importantly, into hundreds of courtrooms as an expert witness on the fallibility of eyewitness accounts. As she has explained in numerous trials, and as she convincingly argues in this absorbing book, eyewitness accounts can be and often are so distorted that they no longer resemble the truth.

Review by Hollida Wakefield and Ralph Underwager, IPT Forensics: http://ipt-forensics.com/journal/volume3/j3_2_br1.htm

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Paul R. McHugh (2008). Try to Remember: Psychiatry's Clash over Meaning, Memory, and Mind.

In the 1990s a disturbing trend emerged in psychotherapy: patients began accusing their parents and other close relatives of sexual abuse, as a result of false “recovered memories” urged onto them by therapists practicing new methods of treatment. The subsequent loss of public confidence in psychotherapy was devastating to psychiatrist Paul R. McHugh, and with Try to Remember, he looks at what went wrong and describes what must be done to restore psychotherapy to a more honored and useful place in therapeutic treatment.

Review by Steven Poole, The Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/jan/03/psychiatry-books-memory-review-mind




Daniel L. Schacter (2002). The Seven Sins of Memory: How the Mind Forgets and Remembers.

A groundbreaking work by one of the world's foremost memory experts, THE SEVEN SINS OF MEMORY offers the first framework that explains common memory vices -- and their surprising virtues. In this intriguing study, Daniel L. Schacter explores the memory miscues that occur in everyday life: absent-mindedness, transience, blocking, misattribution, suggestibility, bias, and persistence.

Review by Terrence Rafferty, New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/books/first/s/schacter-01memory.html




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