The book reviewed here makes an interesting and timely contribution to the continuously growing field of studies about memory. Memory is conceptualized variously within the volume. At times it is seen as a private state, existing within the individualized body as the recollection or trauma associated with past events; at others, as the historical event itself, able to be collectively remembered, interpreted and contested. The 13 chapters thus present studies that range across personal memories, re-examination of classical theorizing and some innovative approaches to aspects of memory, including nostalgia and forgetting. The work of Marx, Mead, Cooley, Halbwachs and Durkheim is examined, but importantly, also the pioneering work on memory by Jane Addams. As authors Lengermann and Niebrugge note in their chapter (‘Memory and social change – Jane Addams’ The Long Road of Woman’s Memory’), it predated Halbwachs’ work on collective memory, and they are able to demonstrate its continuing value as a framework for understanding current social issues.