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Description - White Gloves by John N. Kotre

Written with "exceptional clarity and insight" (New York Times), and ranging widely over case studies, scientific knowledge about memory, and personal experience, as well as recent events and trial involving conflicting or "repressed" memories, Kotre's book gives us a "fascinating and often moving account of the part which both real and false memories play in our lives" (Anthony Storr).

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780393315257
ISBN-10: 0393315258
Format: Paperback
(208mm x 142mm x 20mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: WW Norton & Co
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Publish Date: 17-Oct-1996
Country of Publication: United States

Book Reviews - White Gloves by John N. Kotre

US Kirkus Review » A psychologist attempts to answer some basic questions: Why do certain memories stay with us while others fade? Why do our recollections of events change over time? And why does memory seem to play tricks on us? A river of memory flows through our lives, according to Kotre (Univ. of Michigan; Seasons of Life, 1990), and its purpose is the creation of meaning about the self. He describes memory as a hierarchical system. At the bottom are vivid recollections of specific events; above them are general impressions, or generic memories; as one ascends the hierarchy these become more thematic, more laden with meaning. At the apex of Kotre's scheme is the self, which he says is both the product of the hierarchy and the creator of its meaning. He traces the ways in which the remembering self and the remembered self - the "I" and the "me" - develop from birth to adulthood, and he speculates that memories may become more mythic in old age as individual events take on special significance in shaping the story of one's life. Kotre liberally illustrates his ideas with his own memories (the white gloves of the title belonged to his grandfather), numerous case histories from psychological literature, and recent events (John Dean, Ronald Reagan, and Anita Hill all appear in these pages). He sidesteps the controversial issue of recovered memory, saying merely that as a juror he wouldn't convict if such a memory were the sole evidence, but that as a therapist he would take these memories on their own terms and trust what he encountered. There is little hard science here but lots of behavioral data, conjecture, and theory. The construct of memory that Kotre offers seems flimsy once it's stripped of the padding provided by his own memories and numerous stories. Readable and often entertaining, but hardly compelling. (Kirkus Reviews)


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