CAMBRIDGE: Lauren Aguirre with Pagan Kennedy, The Memory Thief

Porter Square Books is thrilled to welcome Lauren Aguirre for the paperback release of The Memory Thief: And the Secrets Behind How We Remember—A Medical Mystery! Pagan Kennedy will join the author in conversation.

This event will take place on Thusrday, July 28 at 7pm ET at Porter Square Books: Cambridge Edition. Please note that masks will be required for all attendees. RSVPs, while not required, are strongly encouraged!

About the Book

Sometimes, it’s not the discovery that’s hard – it’s convincing others that you’re right. The Memory Thief chronicles an investigation into a rare and devastating amnesia first identified in a cluster of fentanyl overdose survivors. When a handful of doctors embark on a quest to find out exactly what happened to these marginalized victims, they encounter indifference and skepticism from the medical establishment.

Through the prism of this fascinating story, Aguirre recounts the obstacles researchers so often confront when new ideas bump up against conventional wisdom. She explains the elegant tricks scientists use to tease out the fundamental mechanisms of memory. And finally, she reveals why researchers now believe that a treatment for Alzheimer’s is within reach.


Lauren Aguirre is an award-winning science journalist who has produced documentaries, podcasts, short-form video series, interactive games, and blogs for the PBS series NOVA, where she worked after graduating from MIT. Aguirre’s reporting on memory has appeared in The Atlantic, Undark Magazine, and the Boston Globe’s STAT. 

Pagan Kennedy  was the New York Times Magazine’s “Who Made That?” columnist, and is the author of the New York Times Notable Book Black Livingstone, the Barnes & Noble Discover pick Spinsters, and other books. Her work has appeared in the Boston Globe, Dwell, The Nation, and elsewhere.


Event date: 

Thursday, July 28, 2022 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

Porter Square Books
25 White St.
Cambridge, MA 02140

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The Memory Thief: And the Secrets Behind How We Remember—A Medical Mystery By Lauren Aguirre Cover Image
ISBN: 9781639362196
Availability: Available to Order from Supplier: Arrives at Store in a Week(ish)
Published: Pegasus Books - August 9th, 2022


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