Driving Mr. Albert by Michael Paterniti
A Trip Across America with Einstein's Brain

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Albert Einstein's brain floats in a Tupperware bowl in a gray duffel bag in the trunk of a Buick Skylark barreling across America. Driving the car is journalist Michael Paterniti. Sitting next to him is an eighty-four-year-old pathologist named Thomas Harvey, who performed the autopsy on Einstein in 1955 -- then simply removed the brain and took it home. And kept it for over forty years.

On a cold February day, the two men and the brain leave New Jersey and light out on I-70 for sunny California, where Einstein's perplexed granddaughter, Evelyn, awaits. And riding along as the imaginary fourth passenger is Einstein himself, an id-driven genius, the original galactic slacker with his head in the stars. Part travelogue, part memoir, part history, part biography, and part meditation, Driving Mr. Albert is one of the most unique road trips in modern literature.
 

About Michael Paterniti

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MICHAEL PATERNITI's writing has appeared in publications including The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Harper's, Outside, Esquire, and GQ, where he works as a correspondent. He lives in Portland, Maine, with his wife, Sara Corbett, and their three children. On twitter at https://twitter.com/MikePaterniti.
























Author Residence: Portland, ME
























Author Hometown: Darien, CT
 
Published July 24, 2013 by The Dial Press. 224 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Travel. Non-fiction

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Here’s an urban legend that turns out to be true: the pathologist who autopsied Albert Einstein kept his brain, and magazine journalist Paterniti spent a nutty couple of weeks with him, ferrying it to California.

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Driving a Buick Skylark across the country with an addled octogenarian and an organ may not seem like the ripest material for a story, even if the organ is Albert Einstein's brain. In the hands of a s

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Driving a Buick Skylark across the country with an addled octogenarian and an organ may not seem like the ripest material for a story, even if the organ is Albert Einstein's brain.

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The result was an award-winning article in Harper's Magazine, which evolved into this most unusual book — part cross-country travelogue, part sideshow, part Einstein biography, part profile of a unique character named Thomas Harvey, but in the main the story of the power of Einstein's brain itself.

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On April 18, 1955, hours after legendary genius Albert Einstein died, 42-year-old pathologist Thomas Stoltz Harvey stood over the body with scalpel in hand.

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In Michael Paterniti's literary non-fiction short story entitled 'Driving Mr. Albert: a trip across America with Einstein's brain', the writer brilliantly describes his association with Thomas Stoltz Harvey, an expert pathologist who privately seizes the opportunity to remove Albert Einstein's br...

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Entertainment Weekly

Thompson couldn't have made it up if he'd tried: Out-of-work editor Michael Paterniti chauffeurs a fuddy duddy ex pathologist on a cross-country drive from New Jersey to California -- carrying, in the trunk of his car in a Tupperware container, the cut-up remnants of Einstein's brain.

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News Review.

Paterniti won the National Magazine Award for his article “Driving Mr. Albert,” first published in Harper’s Magazine, which details the true story of how he located 84-year old pathologist Thomas Harvey—better known as the man in possession of Einstein’s brain bits—and drove from New Jersey to Ca...

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