Jennifer Ouellette is the author of three previous books. She writes the popular science and culture blog Cocktail Party Physics for Scientific American. She lives in Los Angeles, California.
Praise for Me, Myself, and Why
"Ouellette is a smart, well-studied, and personable
companion. . . . There are a number of approaches to defining a
person, and this task has engaged philosophers, theologians,
scientists, and pretty much everyone who has ever lived, at least
since mirrors were invented. Ouellette looks at all of the methods
listed above, and more, in trying to figure out who she is and what
tools are at hand for figuring out who anyone is."
--The Wall Street Journal "In Me, Myself, and Why Ouellette offers curiosity-inspiring glimpses into science, coupled with an obvious love for the material and a healthy dose of humor. . . . The combination of historical anecdote and current research is impressive."
--The New York Times Book Review "Ouellette explores the concept of identity through scientific, medical, and psychological testing on her journey of self-discovery. She is an expert at communicating tough scientific concepts to broad audiences, and here she uses personal narrative to appeal to her readers as she skillfully recounts her experiences."
--Psychology Today "Very entertaining . . . It is hard to imagine a more delightful guide to the science of self than Jennifer Ouellette."
--Jim Holt, Prospect "Tackling 'the science of self' could easily get tedious or even a little boring, but in the capable hands of Jennifer Ouellette, it's nothing but fun. . . . Her ability to make rather advanced theories interesting and relatable makes this a must read for those who have a passion for science but would rather be reading Joan Didion."
--Bust "An engrossing and often amusing tour of elite labs and edgy research."
--Nature "Who are we? Who am I? Those are the questions Ouellette tackles in this elegant and very personal inquiry into identity and the science of the self. . . . An entertaining, insightful, and thoughtful reflection on our assumptions about ourselves and the mystery that is at the heart of the human story."
--Booklist (starred review) "Solid science well infused with readable history, pop culture and personal stories. . . . Ouellette's personal anecdotes reveal a writer with keen intelligence, curiosity, a spirit of adventure and a sense of humor."
--Kirkus Reviews "A clear, direct tour of the biology of the self . . . from an author with a flair for making complex subjects simple."