This is one of the most intelligent, expansive, and interesting books I have ever listened to - but it is not for everyone. It is very long and some of the topics are distressing, but gripping. I have no children special or otherwise, but I am a retired special ed teacher and have always wondered how people dealt with having a disabled child.
Mr. Solomon does not "talk down" to the reader. He expects his reader to be well-educated and with a good vocabulary. His Ivy League education, intelligence and literacy infuse each page. I'm so glad Mr. Solomon narrated his own book. His voice is a little hard to get used to, but I grew to love the sound of it - and grew to love him as well. Only he could inflect the voices of the people he interviewed. I'm glad I took the time to listen to it instead of reading it. Hearing it made the book great to me. I don't think I would have enjoyed it nearly as much if I had read it. Listening forces you to slow down and hear each word. I am a very fast reader and miss a lot of detail and beauty of language - listening to books has opened up a new world of literature for me, and this non-fiction book is written so beautifully that I'm glad I heard every word.
If you are interested in this subject, have the time to sink yourself deeply into a fascinating new world, I highly recommend this beautiful book.
I'm Audible's first Editor-at-Large, the host of In Bed with Susie Bright -- and a longtime author, editor, journo, and bookworm. I listen to audio when I'm cooking, playing cards, knitting, going to bed, waking up, driving, and putting other people's kids to bed! My favorite audiobooks, ever, are: "True Grit" and "The Dog of the South."
I’ll admit, I’ve resorted to the excuse “mommy brain” on more than one occasion.
But Pulitzer Prize winner Katherine Ellison asks, “What if raising children is mentally enriching for mothers and fathers?”
With copious research, top scientist interviews, and parents' hardcore stories, Ellison lays out a case that our brains go through an elastic growth period as we bear and rear children.
“Aging makes us cling ever more fiercely to our mental ruts. But for most of us, our unique bond with our children yanks us out of them.”
Ellison argues that the fatigue and forgetfulness associated with parenting derive from overwork and sleeplessness, and should be addressed by society—with more generous childcare benefits, for instance. We want and need to take advantage of our new brain enhancement!
A lot of parents feel like they’re losing their marbles! They're not crazy, and they are actually accessing new intelligence. "Mommy Brain" articulates that insight.