Science writer in America's heartland
This is an emotional examination of why we accumulate stuff, and how to begin to address getting rid of it. This book inspired me to clean out our "junk room" while I was listening to it, and it gave me strategies that I have used ever since.
The author's ideas are good ones, and he goes into a great deal of useful detail. A beginning writer would definitely get a lot of valuable information about what it means to write a book from this title.
That said, if you told me that the narrator was a robot, I would totally believe you. He has a halting and over-articulated style that I found distracting.
It's not really a self help book at all, it's more like a guide to the human brain, if you ever wonder why you think you are so much different then everybody else, this book will explain why you are not and why you are almost exactly like the rest of us, it also tells us what brain functions make us believe in religion, and so much more, I rate this book a must read, even if you have no knowledge about brain anatomy and functions.
The book offers some insight into early philosophy and it draws parallels to modern brain research, but that part is just publicity.
Other must read books Phantoms in the brain Ramachandran, origin of species Darwin