An Alchemy of Mind

by Diane Ackerman | Science |
ISBN: 0965915948 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wildflower37 of Montclair, New Jersey USA on 11/15/2009
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Journal Entry 1 by wildflower37 from Montclair, New Jersey USA on Sunday, November 15, 2009
I purchased this book because I love Ackerman's combination of beautiful prose and scientific underpinnings. But, I just haven't picked it up to read it...so I thought someone else might want to enjoy.

Journal Entry 2 by wildflower37 at RABCK, a fellow bookcrosser -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Released 10 yrs ago (12/2/2009 UTC) at RABCK, a fellow bookcrosser -- Controlled Releases

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Sending as part of "NJ and NYC Nice Challenge RABCK." Enjoy!

Journal Entry 3 by wingmaryzeewing from Taneytown, Maryland USA on Wednesday, December 09, 2009
Thanks so much for sending this to me, Wildflower37. I love reading interesting books about science that put the facts into easily readable layman's terms. This looks like an interesting read. I'll be sure to pass it along when I've finished.

What an unusual release challenge - NJ and NYC Nice Challenge. I've been to NYC several times, and I do know New Yorkers are nice. A few folks who worked at our NYC office were from NJ, and I've met Greyflank (who's also from NJ) so I know NJers are nice too. What a wonderful challenge. Thanks again!

Journal Entry 4 by wingmaryzeewing at Taneytown, Maryland USA on Tuesday, January 17, 2012
This book was not quite what I was expecting; I've never read anything by Ackerman before. Not an easy read due to the many metaphors in her writing, but for someone who enjoys language and descriptive writing this would be a wonderful read. I enjoyed it; it was very well written, just not the style I usually read. But I am looking forward to someday reading her A Natural History of the Senses.

Ackerman's descriptive prose covers many aspects of the brain: its components, how it works, how it translates to other species, her experiences, and language. I think that was my favorite section of the book: The Color of Saying, including the chapter, How Shakespeare's Brain was Different.

An enjoyable, if challenging, read, this will soon be added to my Biographies of Things bookbox. Thanks again for sharing, Wildflower37.

Journal Entry 5 by wingmaryzeewing at Biographies of Things, A Bookbox -- Controlled Releases on Sunday, February 12, 2012

Released 8 yrs ago (2/13/2012 UTC) at Biographies of Things, A Bookbox -- Controlled Releases

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Sending out in my Biographies of Things bookbox. Enjoy!

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Journal Entry 6 by winginnaewing at Aurora, Colorado USA on Friday, March 02, 2012
going to put this one back in MaryZee's books about things bookbox.

Journal Entry 7 by wingk00kaburrawing at San Jose, California USA on Monday, April 02, 2012
I love the painting on the cover of this book. (I realize it has little to do with the content, but it's still a great image, don't you think?)

This book enjoyed a brief visit in San Jose, California before continuing its travels with the Biographies of Things bookbox!

Journal Entry 8 by quietorchid at Saint Paul, Minnesota USA on Thursday, July 26, 2012
Taking out of MaryZee's Biography of Things Bookbox, and looking forward to reading it.

Journal Entry 9 by quietorchid at Saint Paul, Minnesota USA on Monday, September 03, 2012
I am invoking the 50 page rule. I have never read Ackerman before, and she is a lovely writer; metaphors and personal experiences spill out of her pen so fast and disconectedly that I felt her corpus callosum had been cut, leaving her left brain no way to rein in her right brain. Ah well, I've been told before that I lack the soul of an artist; I survived.
I guess my objection is that this is a feeling book, not an informational one. The words and images flow, but don't engage my curiosity for 'what's next? What happened?' So I will pass this along.

Journal Entry 10 by quietorchid at Little Free Library (details in notes) in Saint Paul, Minnesota USA on Thursday, September 06, 2012

Released 7 yrs ago (9/6/2012 UTC) at Little Free Library (details in notes) in Saint Paul, Minnesota USA

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