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

3.22  ·  Rating Details  ·  153 Ratings  ·  38 Reviews
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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May 14, 2012 David rated it it was ok
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.
May 01, 2013 Brisbride13 rated it it was ok
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
Jun 08, 2012 angie rated it really liked it
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
Apr 29, 2012 Susan rated it liked it
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
May 04, 2012 Vin rated it liked it
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
Jul 02, 2012 Sheila DeChantal rated it liked it
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
Sam Dye
Jul 26, 2012 Sam Dye rated it liked it
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
Aug 11, 2012 Carey rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
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
Oct 30, 2012 Muffi rated it it was ok
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
Oct 16, 2012 Kristina Stanley rated it liked it
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.
Jun 30, 2012 Barb rated it liked it
Shelves: self-help-books
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.
May 14, 2015 Pam rated it it was ok
I heard about this book from the author herself, Marilu Henner, on an NPR interview. I was fascinated by her super autobiographical memory - give her a date and she can recall in intricate detail what she did that day. Given that I struggle with remembering what I did yesterday, I thought her book might offer some insights into improving my memory. Well, while reading the book convinced me that my memory isn't really all that bad, I was underwhelmed by this book. A little too much self-help for ...more
Jim Johnson
The author should stick to acting and stay clear of writing books on memory. Having highly superior personal memory hardly qualifies her to teach others about memory or relationships or nutrition or practically anything else. The author's statements came across as authoritative but always lacked the scientific or academic citations that could have lent credibility to her words. Instead, I think she was making most of it up.

Henner bases the bulk of her book on the assumption that remembering stuf
May 27, 2014 Rosie rated it it was amazing
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.
Aug 08, 2012 Pat rated it liked it
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!
May 14, 2012 Barbara rated it liked it
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.
Nov 17, 2012 Jody rated it did not like it

Mildly interesting facts about people with amazing memory skills but I couldn't get into the heart of it.
Nancy Siders
Nov 05, 2012 Nancy Siders rated it liked it
Shelves: memory
It made many areas of memory mor understandable. I just didn't take the time to do all the exercises.
Ingrid Lola
Jun 05, 2012 Ingrid Lola rated it it was ok
gotta throw in something empirical every now and then to keep things interesting.
Oct 16, 2013 Steve rated it it was ok
I did not finish reading it. I put it down and forgot to pick it back up.
Jun 22, 2012 Mary rated it it was ok
If you can get it free, ok. Otherwise, don't waste your money.
Oct 14, 2012 Kim rated it it was ok

Boring. I couldn't even remember the name of her book.
Jul 02, 2012 Allison rated it did not like it
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Aug 06, 2012 Rachel rated it really liked it
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
May 19, 2012 Debbie rated it did not like it
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
Jul 03, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it
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
Oct 24, 2013 Marcus Clark rated it really liked it
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
Jan 11, 2015 Peggy rated it liked it
Shelves: z-2014
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
Jul 11, 2016 Katerina rated it liked it
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
Jul 21, 2015 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Truly fascinating; it's a great follow-up to my wanting to organize my past memory boxes and photographs.
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Marilu Lucy Henner is an American actress, producer and New York Times best-selling author.
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