This week’s RM Book feature is a non-fiction pick that will surely have you thinking – and memorizing – its name! Favorably compared by readers to Malcolm Gladwell’s books, Moonwalking with Einstein follows Joshua Foer’s foray into the world of high-intensity memorization as well as the historical basis and cultural implications for how the current population currently uses (or loses!) its memory.
Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything by Joshua Foer
“Mr. Foer writes in these pages with fresh enthusiasm. His narrative is smart and funny and…it’s informed by a humanism that enables its author to place the mysteries of the brain within a larger philosophical and cultural context.” – Michiko Kakutani, The NYTimes
“To invest precious time and energy enhancing my capacity for rote learning would seem eccentric. But such eccentrics do exist. The most talented (and, apparently, the most eccentric) spend their lives on the competitive memorisation circuit; the endearingly geeky world that Joshua Foer sets out to explore in this witty and revelatory book.” - Oliver Burkeman, The Guardian
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