Total Memory Makeover: Uncover Your Past, Take Charge of Your Future
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Total Memory Makeover: Uncover Your Past, Take Charge of Your Future

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Moonwalking with Einstein made memory hot, and now beloved actress and New York Times bestselling author Marilu Henner presents an engaging, personal, and prescriptive guide to enhancing your life by improving your memory.Albert Einstein says, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Marilu Henner takes it a step further, expl...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by Gallery Books (first published February 21st 2012)
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Ted Williams, the greatest natural hitter in baseball history, was a flop as a batting coach. IMHO, Marilu Henner, who is one of only a handful of folks with HSAM (Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory), is no memory guru. Her book is interesting, but not very helpful to we mere mortals who have trouble remebering where we put our reading glasses.
This was released today!! I'm so excited to see a brand new book out on memory. I haven't gotten far enough along in Total Memory Makeover to have a strong opinion yet, but I have always been fascinated with the topic and how our past affects our present and I plan to read to the very end.

(Four stars) So far, I'm pleasantly surprised to find that there is not just a lot of personal experience woven into Marilu Henner's book, but helpful factual tidbits about different kinds of memory, how to im...more
Ummm...I wasn't thrilled with this book. People tell me all the time what an amazing memory I have, so I got this book to help me dig deeper and to recover some periods in the my life where I have no memories at all. Being as this is a self-help/instructional type book, my review is largely based on those two things. I already knew that music was a huge tracer for me, so I started out quite excited about the whole find your track thing. However, it did seem to me that most of her exercises were...more
All in all, I give this book three stars. There were many excellent parts that I would give five stars. Some of those include her quiz to determine what your dominant sense for remembering is. Before taking the quiz, I thought I would have been visual, but found out and totally agree that my sense of smell is tied up with evoking my memories ( for example: the smell of autumn leaves and the memories it brings, the smell of bread baking in the oven, the smell of oranges evoking memories of Christ...more
I got this book not because I am looking to improve my memory, but because I suspect i may have a Very Good Autobiographical Memory if not a Superior one, and I was hoping that there would be some kind of test within to find out...There was no such test, but there were some fun & interesting exercises, and some fascinating information about styles of remembering, and which of your 5 senses dominates your memory. I also enjoy witnessing Marilu in action—"I had my first date with so-n-so on Oc...more
Sheila DeChantal
Marilu Henner has a gift that is known to only six other people in the world. She can recall every detail of her life, now just the big events like the day Kennedy was shot, 9-11, or a surprise birthday party... but also a random Thursday in August of 1980, or a Sunday morning any year since she has been five.

In Total Memory Makeover, Marilu shares the benefits to having such a memory, and shares exercises we can all do to strengthen our own memories.

Total Memory Makeover is exactly what is says...more
Sam Dye
Listened to this from Silver to Denver. A lot of it is a story of her HSAM (Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory) and her TV/acting career (Taxi etc). Her contention is that if we access a lot of our memories via various methods she gives, we can better predict and deal with the future and help ourselves psychologically. Ar the end she pushes natural ie non-processed eating. She goes through ginko etc but makes a false statement "all proven to be effective" or something to that effect. The ne...more
NEW SHELF! ...."ABANDONED"...I learned in "The Book Whisperer" that it's OK to abandon a book if you're not relating to it. I chose to put this book down after having read about a third of it. Marilu Henner is one of 12 people in the world that have been diagnosed with HSAM (Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory). This means she's able to recall every detail and date of her life since early childhood. Wow! She gives exercises in the book that she believes will increase your memory. The exercis...more
This would've been better as an article; everything that I wanted to know about Henner's autobiographical memory she managed to sum up nicely in a few pages. The rest of the book was a boring combination of her memories and an attempt to turn the book into a self-help with folks who struggle to remember their own past. But her ideas don't work for those who don't share her talents, so I didn't get much out of it. It would be fun to read a straight-up memoir of her life, though--I hope she writes...more
Kristina Stanley
Light but interesting. I was hoping for more insight on how her memory affected her life. This book is more of a self-help type book for improving your memory. I enjoyed reading it and have been practicing some of the memory exercising. There are some interesting insights on living healthy lifestyle near the end of the book. I think I might buy one of Henner's lifestyle books. I like Henner's fun but serious way of writing about daily life.
I would probably give this 3.5 stars. The first part of the book was so so. Then it got better and into how to recall your memories, using timelines, your senses, etc. I really liked the senses part of the book. I also like some of the questions in the book to trigger your memory. She also talks about using a journal to log a sentence or two everyday to jog your memory.
Marilu Henner wrote this book very clearly and easy to follow.
I really enjoyed this book. It does require some work as far as writing, which I was able to do some, but not all.
This book was very interesting and I would like to read more of her books.
Kind of interesting to learn about autobiographical memory. I sure know I don't have it. Does have some good tips but I'm not one for doing exercises from a book. I have a pretty good memory for my purposes. But hers is amazing!
Skimmed it to get an overview of what the book is about, then went back and started doing some of the exercises. Interesting, and will be useful, in spite of the way the book is written.
Kate Blue
boring and full of too many stories...I stopped reading it halfway through since she didn't offer any tips halfway into the book....snoozefest.

Mildly interesting facts about people with amazing memory skills but I couldn't get into the heart of it.
Nancy Siders
It made many areas of memory mor understandable. I just didn't take the time to do all the exercises.
Ingrid Lola
gotta throw in something empirical every now and then to keep things interesting.
I feel this book contains information that anyone can use. Whether you want to delve deeply or just skim the surface, you can find tips in this book to help improve your memory. Among other things, Marilu offers some wonderful ideas for helping your kids’ memories reach their potentials. The main thing that I will take away from this book is something very simple - to really anticipate what I am going to do – and then to consciously remember what I have done. I find that every night before I go...more
I did not finish reading it. I put it down and forgot to pick it back up.
If you can get it free, ok. Otherwise, don't waste your money.

Boring. I couldn't even remember the name of her book.
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I've been fascinated with Marilu Henner and her extraordinary memory ever since I saw her discussing it on a talk show several years ago. She can remember exactly what happened to her on any given date going all the way back to her early childhood. Since then, her special ability has been studied and given a name - Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory or HSAM. Only a handful of people have been found who have this ability.

I was expecting that the self-help aspect of this book would focus on h...more
I was excited about this book and gave it a good try, but ultimately I was disappointed. Ms. Henner repeats herself over and over, as though she's being paid by the word. (I guess in a way, she is!) Things she told us about at the beginning pop up over and over again, and I found that annoying. I thought it was interesting that (in a book where she promises we'll be able to remember every class on our high school schedules no matter how old we are) she didn't think we could remember the same fac...more
I really liked this book and it really changed the way I think about my past. Marilu has highly superior autobiographical memory and she helps others explore how to embrace their past and memory and build on that knowledge for the future. I did not always like her focus on herself.....I found that a bit tiresome , but her path was a good one. I read this book on a camping vacation in South Dakota and I actually started writing about my life year by year. I was amazed at the times that were vivid...more
Marcus Clark
Uncover Your Past, Take Charge of Your Future
Marilu Henner with Lorin Henner

13 October, 2013

A fascinating book, that will easily teach you to remember details of your life that you thought you had forgotten. This is like discovering a video of yourself taken 30 years ago! The purpose, is to learn to see your life from a new perspective. When you examine what happened in your early years, from a more mature viewpoint, you will see what was important, what was trivial, and wh...more
I bought this on Audio, which is nice because I listened to it alot in the car-- but its probably not a good idea for people who seriously want to unearth memories; I never did the exercises while driving. It opened up some memories for me but mostly allowed me to see how big the spectrum is of just how much people remember from their past. Sadly, I think I'm on the very low end.

I know this isn't nice, but I never thought much of Marilu Henner past a dance workout, but after listening to this s...more
Some good tips in here...but overall not very interesting and not super practical applications.
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