Book Club Wrapup: Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer

Picture of Shannon, Saidah, and Dani sitting around a table, with a conference phone in the midddle of the table.

Thanks to all who spent their Tuesday evening with us last week as we discussed Moonwalking with Einstein, and a special thanks to author Josh Foer, who called in to discuss his book with us! For those of you who were unable to attend the conference call, we have recorded the call and it will be available online soon.

Josh gave us some great advice. He said that one thing he hopes people take away from his book is that with the right kind of deliberate practice, you can do more than you think you can. We look forward to reading more books by Mr. Foer, but in the meantime here is a link to his website (including some of his many magazine and newspaper articles):

We have also prepared a bibliography of similar reads, books mentioned in Moonwalking with Einstein, and a bibliography of books by Josh’s family members who write (his two brothers and his sister in law all have books in our library collection). You can find the bibliography here:

Since we did all the talking in our meeting on Tuesday we’d love to hear what you have to say about the book. Here are some questions for discussion (feel free to post your thoughts in our comments section):

1) Mr. Foer said that he started off thinking that these remember-ers were freaks of nature. What do you think: yea or nay? Do you think these people have average memories but train them, or that there is something innate that makes them better at this than the rest of us?

2) Do you do any brain training? What kind? Has it helped you?

3) What did you think about the book as a mix of brain science and the author’s personal story? Did it fit together well?

4) Of the characters Joshua met in the course of writing the book, who did you find the most interesting?

5) How important do you think memory is in today’s culture when we have other ways of remembering things (ie writing, photos, etc..)?

For more discussion questions see:

And just a reminder to TBP patrons –Join us at 7 pm on January 24th as we read and discuss No End in Sight by Rachael Scdoris. This title is available in Braille, cassette, cartridge or download from BARD.If you are a TBP patron that is interested in this program, please RSVP for this event at 1-800-252-9605.