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Author Crais, Clifton C., author.

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

Publication Info. New York, NY : The Overlook Press, 2014.


Location Pub Note Copy No. Status
 DeKalb PL Adult Non-Fiction - DKLY-12  616.8523 CRA    AVAILABLE
 Mokena Community PL Adult Non-Fiction - MKBB-1  616.85 CRA    AVAILABLE
 New Lenox PL Adult Non-Fiction - NLBB-1  616.85232 CRA    AVAILABLE
Edition First edition.
Description 272 pages ; 21 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
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.
Subject Crais, Clifton C.
Crais, Clifton C.
Crais, Clifton C. -- Family.
Attitude to Health -- psychology -- Personal Narratives.
Family -- psychology -- Personal Narratives.
Amnesia -- United States -- Personal Narratives.
History -- United States -- Personal Narratives.
Amnesiacs -- United States -- Biography.
Historians -- United States -- Biography.
ISBN 9781468303681

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