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- Einstein's Dreams 3,437 copies, 77 reviews
- The Diagnosis 475 copies, 6 reviews
- Good Benito 350 copies, 5 reviews
- Ghost 203 copies, 13 reviews
- Reunion 196 copies, 2 reviews
- The Discoveries: Great Breakthroughs in 20th-Century Science, Including… 186 copies, 4 reviews
- The Future of Spacetime (Contributor) 171 copies, 1 review
- The Best American Science Writing 2005 (Editor) 162 copies, 1 review
- The Best American Essays 2000 (Editor; Introduction) 155 copies, 1 review
- Mr g: A Novel About the Creation 149 copies, 13 reviews
- Dance for Two: Essays 133 copies
- A Sense of the Mysterious: Science and the Human Spirit 130 copies, 1 review
- 'The accidental universe: Science's crisis of faith' in Harper's Magazine,… 110 copies, 4 reviews
- Great Ideas in Physics : The Conservation of Energy, The Second Law of… 88 copies, 1 review
- Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions (Introduction, some editions) 6,102 copies, 114 reviews
- This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women (Contributor) 745 copies, 24 reviews
- Lost Classics: Writers on Books Loved and Lost, Overlooked, Under-read,… (Contributor) 228 copies, 3 reviews
- The Best American Essays 2012 (Author) 118 copies, 2 reviews
- The New Great American Writers' Cookbook (Contributor) 13 copies
- Over X-jes, de zandloper en de herenbobbel. Een handleiding tot de kunsten… (Contributor) 1 copy
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"The cumulative effect of Lightmanâ€™s memories is wrenching: loss and illness and death wander freely in his pages, reminding us of the evanescence of youth and promise. The author shows us many small moments, igniting each with sparks of passion, memory and intelligence." â€” Kirkus (starred review)
From the acclaimed author of the international best seller Einsteinâ€™s Dreams, a lyrical memoir of Memphis from the 1930s through the 1960s: the music and the racism, the early days of the movies, and a powerful grandfather whose ghost continues to haunt the family.
Alan Lightmanâ€™s grandfather M.A. Lightman was the familyâ€™s undisputed patriarch: it was his movie theater empire that catapulted the family to prominence in the South; his fearless success that both galvanized and paralyzed his descendants, haunting them for a half century after his death. In this lyrical and impressionistic memoir, Lightman writes about returning to Memphis in an attempt to understand the people he so eagerly left behind forty years earlier. As aging uncles and aunts begin telling family stories, Lightman rediscovers his southern roots and slowly realizes the errors in his perceptions of his grandfather and of his own father, who had been crushed by M.A. Here is a family saga set against a throbbing century of Memphisâ€”the rhythm and blues, the barbecue and pecan pie, and the segregated societyâ€”that includes personal encounters with Elvis, Martin Luther King, Jr., and E. H. "Boss" Crump. At the heart of it all is a family haunted by the ghost of the domineering M.A., and the struggle of the author to understand his conflicted loyalties to his father and grandfather.
Alan Lightman is the author of six novels, including the international best seller Einstein's Dreams and The Diagnosis, which was a National Book Award finalist. He is also the author of two collections of essays and several books on science. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, Granta, Harper's Magazine, The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, and Nature, among other publications. A theoretical physicist as well as a writer, he has served on the faculties of Harvard and MIT, where he was the first person to receive a dual faculty appointment in science and the humanities. He lives in the Boston area.
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