Synopses & Reviews
This charming book is a series of entertaining and thought-provoking musings, mainly about the imagination, the sense of identity, the compulsion to write, and Isaac Asimov—who, as Janet Asimov says, was good at all of them. Dr. Janet J. Asimov, a psychiatrist and celebrated fiction writer, has penned this delightful memoir with insight, poignancy, and wit on topics that she and her husband, Isaac Asimov, found especially meaningful over the years. From profound issues such as religion, philosophy, sex, personal identity, and mortality, to lighter subjects such as traveling together, camping, the golden thirties, and the problems and joys of writing, Asimov reveals many new and fascinating details about two engaging and creative people whose greatest creation—in addition to their writings—was the life they made together.
Replete with new information about Isaac Asimov and never-before-published excerpts from his witty letters to her, in addition to family photos, this collection of personal reminiscences complements Isaac Asimovs highly acclaimed one-volume autobiography, Its Been a Good Life, which Janet Asimov edited. The Times Literary Supplement praised it as "an excellent introduction to his vision and his personality."
Janet Asimov concludes this singular memoir with her own short stories, many published in magazines, but never before collected together in one book. Notes for a Memoir is guaranteed to delight, entertain, and inspire.
"Although a psychiatrist by profession, fiction writer Asimov resists the temptation to over-analyze her relationship with husband Isaac Asimov, the prolific science fiction writer, in this lively nonfiction narrative. Keeping her recollections light and warm, with occasional interjections like, 'I stopped listening and kissed him,' Asimov focuses on the vitality of her subject. Apart from an occasionally grating know-it-all narrative voice, Asimov's memoir is a readable testament to a happy, productive union between two intelligent and creative individuals. Asimov celebrates the fame of Isaac's career, but also documents smaller successes, prioritizing the colorful-and nearly frivolous-tidbits that characterize their daily life ('I hope no reader of this book minds that I'm including what Isaac called maunderings and potterings. I hope the readers will also see his meaning'). She also takes time to describe her own formative years, her career, and her intense grief following Isaac's death. Readers familiar with Isaac Asimov the writer will enjoy his wife's take on Isaac Asimov the man, from his tireless sense of humor to his extraordinary intellectual capabilities, as well as his unusual role as leading man in a touching love story." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Psychaitrist, celebrated fiction writer, and widow of Isaac reflects on topics that she and her husband found especially meaningful over the years. Including never-before-published excerpts from Isaac's witty letters to Janet.
About the Author
Janet J. Asimov, MD, is a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, the author of twenty books and many short stories and articles, and the editor of the widely acclaimed Its Been a Good Life by Isaac Asimov. For many years she also wrote a bimonthly science column for a newspaper syndicate.