The Envy of Elephants

Woman Who Can't Forget book coverCan you remember where you were last Thursday?  How about what you were doing a year ago on this date?  Most of us would be doing well to recall the last week or two with some clarity, but imagine if your mind captured every day in overwhelming detail.  Welcome to the world of Jill Price, who is simply incapable of forgetting any day of her life.  Given a date, she can tell you what she ate, what she heard, and what was going on in the world.  It may seem like a parlor trick, but this is no joke.  Just as she might easily relive her joys and triumphs, she also cannot escape her embarrassments and heartbreaks.  Author Bart Davis has partnered with Price in writing her memoir, The Woman Who Can’t Forget: The Extraordinary Story of Living with the Most Remarkable Memory Known to Science.  Part life story, part study of how memory works, this book shows both the personal and scientific struggles to understand a fascinating aspect of the human brain.