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The Resource History lessons : a memoir of madness, memory, and the brain, Clifton Crais

History lessons : a memoir of madness, memory, and the brain, Clifton Crais

Label
History lessons : a memoir of madness, memory, and the brain
Title
History lessons
Title remainder
a memoir of madness, memory, and the brain
Statement of responsibility
Clifton Crais
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Born in Louisiana to a soon-to-be absent father and an alcoholic mother, who tried to drown him in a bathtub when he was three, Clifton Crais spent his childhood perched beside his mother on a too-tall bar stool, living with relatives too old or infirmed to care for him, or rambling on his own through New Orleans, a city both haunted and created by memory. Indeed, it is memory--both elusive and essential--that forms the center of Crais's beautifully rendered memoir History Lessons. In an effort to restore his own, Crais brings the tools of his formal training as a historian to bear on himself and his family. He interviews his sisters and his mother, revisits childhood homes and pores over documentary evidence: plane tickets, postmarks, court and medical records, crumbling photo albums. Probing family lore, pushing past silences and exhuming long-buried family secrets, he arrives, ultimately, at the deepest reaches of the brain. Crais examines the science of memory and forgetting, from the ways in which experience shapes the developing brain to the mechanisms that cause the chronic childhood amnesia--the most common and least understood form of amnesia--from which he suffers"--Jacket
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
MvI
Dewey number
  • 616.85/2320092
  • B
Index
no index present
LC call number
RC394.A5
LC item number
C73 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Label
History lessons : a memoir of madness, memory, and the brain, Clifton Crais
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
sky259540825
Dimensions
21 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
272 pages
Isbn
9781468303681
System control number
a1984968
Label
History lessons : a memoir of madness, memory, and the brain, Clifton Crais
Publication
Control code
sky259540825
Dimensions
21 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
272 pages
Isbn
9781468303681
System control number
a1984968

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