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Driving Mr. Albert: A Trip Across America with Einstein's Brain

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A New York Times Notable Book for 2000.

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Albert Einstein's brain floats in a Tupperware bowl in a gray duffel bag in the trunk of a Buick Skylark barreling across America. Driving the car is journalist Michael Paterniti. Sitting next to him is an eighty-four-year-old pathologist named Thomas Harvey, who performed the autopsy on Einstein in 1955 — then simply removed the brain and took it home. And kept it for over forty years.

On a cold February day, the two men and the brain leave New Jersey and light out on I-70 for sunny California, where Einstein's perplexed granddaughter, Evelyn, awaits. And riding along as the imaginary fourth passenger is Einstein himself, an id-driven genius, the original galactic slacker with his head in the stars. Part travelogue, part memoir, part history, part biography, and part meditation, Driving Mr. Albert is one of the most unique road trips in modern literature.

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"Eccentric, implausible, hilarious, infuriating, and ultimately mesmerizing." The Washington Post Book World

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"A splendid peek into the weird side of American life. Driving Mr. Albert is a work of ... uncommon intelligence." Newsweek

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"Driving Mr. Albert is entertaining, absurd, real, deep and informative...in a world in which it seems that all the good ideas have been taken, it is singular." The Boston Globe

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A journalist, an 84-year-old pathologist, and Albert Einstein's brain rocket across the country through the palpable zeitgeist of contemporary America. Part travelogue, part memoir, part history, part biography, "Driving Mr. Albert" is one of the most unique road trips in modern literature.

About the Author

MICHAEL PATERNITI won the 1998 National Magazine Award for his article "Driving Mr. Albert," which was first published in Harper's Magazine. A former executive editor of Outside, his work has appeared in Rolling Stone, The New York Times Magazine, Details, and Esquire, where he is writer-at-large. He lives in Portland, Maine, with his wife and son.

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charlottebug, January 4, 2010 (view all comments by charlottebug)
Part travelogue, part memoir, part scientific exploration of the biology of genius, this is the ultimate book for the oughts. Normally memoirs written by somebody with nothing to recommend their writing except for a tangential relationship to a famous or semi-famous person has no interest to me. Normally. On the other hand, such memoirs aren't usually written with Einstein's brain riding shotgun. This is hands down one of my favorite books to read over and over. Those kind of books are rare, and much different from favorite books that are only read once. Read this, buy many copies, and give one to everyone you meet. They will thank you for giving them such an original bit of laughingly fanciful writing to take their minds off whatever else is going on in their lives.
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newjet, January 15, 2008 (view all comments by newjet)
Hi, I found the book very interesting and fun. The one thing that I question was where did most of the Einsteins brain come from? Paterniti said in a interview it came from saskatchewan canada, I was also told he played hockey in canwood saskatchewan,(I live near canwood), but nothing about a brain.The last I read it was in the book with the doctor near the university in the USA. There is a reason why some of Einsteins brain ended up in canwood, it would be from the past. My grand parents are burried in canwood , my grand mother was well off traveling back and forth to the near city PRINCE ALBERT which is named after a german prince who was married to Queen Victoria( who died in 1901 a year before lieserl was born 1902) loved reading also physic which would breakway with lieserls mother). Because of the wars Lieserl would be sent to england because of the queen and prince relation.Einstein would know The city PRINCE ALBERT would be under developed and hidden away.He would play hockey and do math with towns people and burrie his daughter their.Then Einstein would leave part of his brain as a sentimental idea, Also I believe Lieserl had an extra finger, her deformity.( I also found a dinosaur in the bad lands in alberta).This seems to me like there is something wrong , but I know some things about this long question, thats my quess, whats yours?
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385333030
Author:
Paterniti, Michael
Publisher:
Dial Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Scientists
Subject:
Social Scientists & Psychologists
Subject:
Brain
Subject:
Dissection
Subject:
Pathologists
Subject:
Scientists - General
Subject:
Scientists & Psychologists
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
141
Publication Date:
20010631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.24x5.56x.61 in. .45 lbs.

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"Review" by , "Eccentric, implausible, hilarious, infuriating, and ultimately mesmerizing."
"Review" by , "A splendid peek into the weird side of American life. Driving Mr. Albert is a work of ... uncommon intelligence."
"Review" by , "Driving Mr. Albert is entertaining, absurd, real, deep and informative...in a world in which it seems that all the good ideas have been taken, it is singular."
"Synopsis" by , A journalist, an 84-year-old pathologist, and Albert Einstein's brain rocket across the country through the palpable zeitgeist of contemporary America. Part travelogue, part memoir, part history, part biography, "Driving Mr. Albert" is one of the most unique road trips in modern literature.
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