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Marilu Henner is a New York Times bestselling author and actor best known for her roles in Taxi and Evening Shade and for her participation in The Celebrity Apprentice. Her life-changing books include Total Memory Makeover, Wear Your Life Well, Marilu Henner's Total Health Makeover, and Healthy Life Kitchen. She lives in Los Angeles.
"The author's awe-inspiring memory skills, profiled in an episode
of 60 Minutes, have eclipsed the fame she won for her
portrayal of Elaine Nardo on the beloved TV sitcom Taxi.
Despite realizing from an early age that she processed memory
differently than other people, Henner didn't know there was a name
for her superlative powers of recollection until she began working
with researchers at the University of California, Irvine. There,
she learned that she is one of a very small number of people
classified with Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory. The
average person can recall up to 11 events from each year of their
life; Henner remembers--in precise detail--every day of her life
since the age of 12. By sharing her ability, Henner writes, readers
will be able to "use these lessons to transform your memory, your
past, and ultimately, your future." Blending anecdotes from her
personal life and career with scientific data and exercises
designed to trigger specific types of memories, the author guides
readers on a tour through their past. Henner forgoes typical
approaches like mnemonics, place pegs and memory palaces. One test
stimulates the olfactory nerves to turn up sense memories; another
asks readers to revisit their 21st birthdays to uncover the
different ways they archive memories. As the text progresses,
Henner skillfully demonstrates how memories can help readers
process their past, direct their present and shape their future.
Other useful chapters address how to effectively record events in a
journal and the ways parents can help their children preserve
memories. Henner's enthusiasm is infectious."--Kirkus
"This is not a book that will, as many others do, teach you how to memorize the order of the cards in a deck, or long sequences of pi. It is not a book about improving one's memorization skills, however helpful that might or might not be. Instead, this is a book about reclaiming what, in many cases, has been lost--the individual's ability to recall the details of his or her own life. And as such, this is perhaps the most valuable book on memory to have been published to date.
This is therefore a book about revelations--the private, personal revelations that can come about when one is able to give context to a restructured and reinvigorated ability to recall. Pretty heady stuff. It is always most impressive, in this reader's opinion, when in today's culture of dependency on "experts," an individual chooses instead to blaze their own path to health and healing. Ms. Henner is just such an individual, and as her impressive track record of books old and new attests she gets remarkable results."--New York Journal of Books