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Driving Mr. Albert by Michael Paterniti
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Apr 22, 2012

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This may be one of the strangest books I have read (except for the one about Australian hats) since beginning work at Logos Books.  This is a true story of "a trip across America with Einstein's brain."  Thomas Harvey, who performed the autopsy on the famous scientist in 1955, just decided to remove his brain, take it home with him, and keep it there--for over 40 years! He has given pieces of it away to various scientists, but the bulk of the brain remains in a tupperware container in formaldeheid.

Now journalist Michael Paterniti has volunteered to drive Harvey and the brain across the country to reunite it with Einstein's perplexed granddaughter.

On a cold February day, the two men and the brain leave New Jersey and light out on I-70 for sunny California.  This book is part travelogue, part memoir, part history, part biography, and part meditation, It is definitely unlike any other travel/adventure book you'll ever read and yet quite compelling.  It is Paterniti's skill as a writer which keep this story so fascinating.

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