Sunday, April 1, 2007

"Carved in Sand"

New this month from HarperCollins: Cathryn Jakobson Ramin's Carved in Sand: When Attention Fails and Memory Fades in Midlife.

About the book, from the author's website:

Anyone older than forty knows that forgetfulness can be unnerving, frustrating, and sometimes terrifying. In a dazzling book that examines these feelings with compassion and humor, journalist Cathryn Jakobson Ramin sets out to discover what midlife forgetfulness is all about—from the perspectives of physiology, psychology, and sociology. Relentless in her search for answers to questions about her own unreliable memory, she explores the factors that determine how well—or poorly—one’s brain will age. She consults experts in the fields of sleep, stress, traumatic brain injury, hormones, genetics, and dementia, as well as specialists in nutrition, cognitive psychology, and the burgeoning field of drug-based cognitive enhancement.

The stories of a wide array of midlife men and women will resonate with readers. You will glean spectacular insight into how to elicit the very best performance from a middle-aged brain. A groundbreaking work that represents the best of narrative nonfiction, this is a timely, highly readable, and much-needed book for anyone whose memory is not what it used to be.