3/24/09

Book of the Week #12

Proust was a Neuroscientist by Jonah Lehrer (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2007)

Lehrer, a former NH resident, will be at Gibson's on March 26, 2009, at 7 PM discussing his latest book, How We Decide.
Proust Was a Neuroscientist came out a few years ago (it is available in paperback) and was widely praised.
From Publisher's Weekly: "With impressively clear prose, Lehrer explores the oft-overlooked places in literary history where novelists, poets and the occasional cookbook writer predicted scientific breakthroughs with their artistic insights. The 25-year-old Columbia graduate draws from his diverse background in lab work, science writing and fine cuisine to explain how C├ęzanne anticipated breakthroughs in the understanding of human sight, how Walt Whitman intuited the biological basis of thoughts and, in the title essay, how Proust penetrated the mysteries of memory by immersing himself in childhood recollections. Lehrer's writing peaks in the essay about Auguste Escoffier, the chef who essentially invented modern French cooking."
Lehrer talked briefly about living in NH when he was a guest on NHPR's Word of Mouth last January discussing How the City Hurts Your Brain.

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