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2.0 out of 5 stars Some interesting info, but annoyingly written, 10 Jan 2014
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This review is from: Counterclockwise: My Year of Hypnosis, Hormones, Dark Chocolate, and Other Adventures in the World of Anti-Aging (Hardcover)
Like everyone else, I'm interested in the science behind so-called "anti-aging" recommendations, and there's some interesting information here - though nothing you won't find in many popular magazines and newspapers. In fact, I heard of this book through a newspaper review and decided to buy it based on that review. What a disappointment! All the useful information was contained in that review, so I didn't need to buy the book at all! The superfoods (broccoli, dark chocolate, etc.); the Botox injections (which I'm happy to note that the author decided to go without, as they make people look really odd and not younger); exercise programmes, and so on - all this, you already know. The author, who coyly doesn't give her age, is probably in her early 60s, according to the review, and has tried out some of the diet and exercise programmes. This would have been interesting and could have been fun to read, but the style is so irritating that it was really hard work. It's very American, newspaper-style, forced "humour" which becomes extremely tedious the more you read. For example, instead of telling us that she fell on her face during a yoga session, Ms Kessler has to distort it to saying that she "flatfaced"! Really? That's not a word, that a tricksy, too-clever-by-half attempt to jazz up a basically mundane incident. And that's typical of the style this book is written in. It's like being asked to dinner at a friend's house but then being forced to listen the host's precocious kid torturing the h*** out of her violin before you're allowed to eat! The food provided here is quite sparse, the show-off kid's performance is excruciating.

Far better is "How to live to 100" by John Robbins and others. Get that, and forget about Ms. Kessler's "flatfacing"!
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