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Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer
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Apr 06, 11

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While all critics seemed to enjoy Moonwalking with Einstein, only one, the New York Times’s Michiko Kakutani, drew attention to the quality of Foer’s style and compared Foer to Oliver Sacks—instant credibility for any science writer. Many of the reviewers, however, are professional psychologists or other experts whose enthusiasm was somewhat tempered by skepticism about some of Foer’s ideas on memory. Yet all the critics paid this book the most appropriate of compliments for its subject matter: they called the book “memorable”—especially the images in Foer’s formidable “memory palace.” Such a compliment is a sure recommendation for fans of writers like Malcolm Gladwell or Mary Roach, who approach scientific findings with grace, humor, and an eye on how readers can apply them to their own lives. This is an excerpt from a review published in Bookmarks magazine.
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