Sunday, May 25, 2008

Three Brainy General-Readership Books

Just finished reading three excellent books with neuro themes, one a work of fiction and the other two are narrative accounts:

"Still Alice" by Lisa Genova (available in paperback by iUniverse Press), is a very accurate dramatic fictional account of early-onset Alzheimer's disease.

"Insomniac" by Gayle Greene is a great account of the world of insomnia, from the vantage point of individuals living with sleep disorders (including the author) and from the vantage point of the clinical researchers who study the condition and who work on drug development and other facets of diagnosis, understanding, and treatment.

Finally, "Can't Remember What I Forgot" by Sue Halpern, self described as a "behind-the-scenes foray into the world of cutting-edge memory research." It lives up to that description and does so in a very readable manner.

"Insomniac" is published by the University of California Press and "Can't Remember ..." is published by Harmony Books.

Today, I am reading "Netherland" by Joseph O'Neill, published by Pantheon,, which was released about a week ago to critical acclaim. No neuro themes, but a compellingly good read.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I liked "7 Steps to a Healthy Brain" by Dr. Paul Winner