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Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain

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"Despite the repetition of quotes and the overall 'theme and variations' feel to each section, Musicophilia is an intriguing book for anyone interested in music and brain function." Doug Brown, Powells.com (read the entire Powells.com review)

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With the same trademark compassion and erudition he brought to The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Oliver Sacks explores the place music occupies in the brain and how it affects the human condition. In Musicophilia, he shows us a variety of what he calls “musical misalignments.” Among them: a man struck by lightning who suddenly desires to become a pianist at the age of forty-two; an entire group of children with Williams syndrome, who are hypermusical from birth; people with “amusia,” to whom a symphony sounds like the clattering of pots and pans; and a man whose memory spans only seven seconds-for everything but music.

Illuminating, inspiring, and utterly unforgettable, Musicophilia is Oliver Sacks' latest masterpiece.

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Readers will be grateful that Sacks . . . is happy to revel in phenomena that he cannot yet explain. The New York Times Book Review

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A gifted writer and a neurologist, Sacks spins one fascinating tale after another to show what happens when music and the brain mix it up. Newsweek

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Powerful and compassionate. . . . A book that not only contributes to our understanding of the elusive magic of music but also illuminates the strange workings, and misfirings, of the human mind. The New York Times

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Sacks has an expert bedside manner: informed but humble, self-questioning, literary without being self-conscious. Los Angeles Times

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Sacks once again examines the many mysteries of a fascinating subject. The Seattle Times

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Oliver Sacks is the author of Awakenings, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and many other books, for which he has received numerous awards, including the Hawthornden Prize, a Polk Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and lives in New York City, where he is a practicing neurologist. He recently accepted a new position at Columbia University.

www.oliversacks.com

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Lindsay Waite, December 8, 2013 (view all comments by Lindsay Waite)
I am always intrigued by music and how it originates in people. Musicians like Mozart seemed to have a muse feeding them notes, chord patterns, melodies, and beauty. I read this book also to see what parts of the brain are involved in the creation of music. It is interesting - filled with anecdotes on prodigies, how people with certain ailments (like Parkinson's) are helped with music, the result of brain injuries with respect to musical skills, and so forth. I'm not sure I came away with anything to answer my query other than some knowledge of the parts of the brain involved, but nevertheless it's a book that was worthy of my time.
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Anne Pardington, September 1, 2011 (view all comments by Anne Pardington)
I have always been fascinated by the insights of Oliver Sacks, and this book was most meaningful because I have a hearing loss and have never been able to carry a tune. I didn't follow all the info about the brain, but now I know my problem is related to the loss. I was especially delighted, again, by his writing style, and by the real life stories of people affected by music, even if they had lost the ability to speak.
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Virginia LaBrie, January 26, 2011 (view all comments by Virginia LaBrie)
As a follower of Dr Sacks, all his books are fascinating! This one in particular takes the reader along on an adventure of discovery from those persons who are totally tone deaf, can't bear hearing music, struck by lightening and become composers and concert pianists to those who hear music in their brains, and are not mentally ill. It shows how the people afflicted with degenerative disorders such as Parkinsons and Alzimers can participate in the rhythm of music when hearing it and move as though these disorders were not a part of their daily lives. All in all, an eye opener which increases the appreciation of all the ways music can be different, healing and necessary for total health.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781400033539
Author:
Sacks, Oliver
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Subject:
Creative Ability
Subject:
Neurology - General
Subject:
Instruction & Study - Appreciation
Subject:
Music
Subject:
Psychological aspects
Subject:
Music -- Psychological aspects.
Subject:
Music -- Physiological aspects.
Subject:
Neurology
Subject:
Neuropsychology
Subject:
Psychology : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Publication Date:
20080931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
7.93 x 5.19 x 1.23 in 1 lb

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Product details 448 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9781400033539 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "Despite the repetition of quotes and the overall 'theme and variations' feel to each section, Musicophilia is an intriguing book for anyone interested in music and brain function." (read the entire Powells.com review)
"Review" by , Readers will be grateful that Sacks . . . is happy to revel in phenomena that he cannot yet explain.
"Review" by , A gifted writer and a neurologist, Sacks spins one fascinating tale after another to show what happens when music and the brain mix it up.
"Review" by , Powerful and compassionate. . . . A book that not only contributes to our understanding of the elusive magic of music but also illuminates the strange workings, and misfirings, of the human mind.
"Review" by , Sacks has an expert bedside manner: informed but humble, self-questioning, literary without being self-conscious.
"Review" by , Sacks once again examines the many mysteries of a fascinating subject.
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