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Agree completely with the other one-star review,
This review is from: The Secret Life of the Grown-Up Brain: Discover The Surprising Talents of the Middle-Aged Mind (Paperback)The blurb suggests this author has a good track-record - and there were good reviews on amazon.com - so I have wasted a fair bit of time flogging through the limp and repetitive prose in the hope that there will be some valuable nuggets about a subject which is new to me.
Well, I have learned something about Amazon reviews: the star count doesn't always tell the story. Example: one amazon.com review says (and this comment is indeed correct): "My only complaint about the book was the length. She established her point but then had to add "filler" to reach small book length. She probably could have made the same point in a long magazine article. That's trivial, though." This reviewer went on to give the book 4 stars.
No, it isn't a trivial point that what one can gain no doubt exists in some feature article the author has produced to puff the book: this is a wearisome and padded 200+ pages, and it wasn't until past p.100 that I learned something of genuine interest.
The majority of the high ratings seem to be triggered by people finding the subject interesting/reassuring/surprising. All true. I give the book one star and instead suggest you look online for that "long magazine article".