However, I was disappointed to discover at the end how fully we were following Amy, entirely sidelining Bev while her defining decision came to fruition, and never really getting to know enigmatic, relentlessly wealthy, poorly-drawn Sally. I had bought in to the idea that I was following a fully-realized examination of three women all at different stages of life/opportunity/ambition, but instead just discovered the author's obvious bias for the importance of Amy's career change/personal revelation at the expense of all the other characters she introduced.
Kirkus-style summary: Good, not great. HBO's Girls has more realistically-drawn characters and novels like "Where'd You Go, Bernadette" or "The Family Fang" portray more comprehensive sketches of modern women coming back from the brink.
I've recommended it often to others, and have heard that the first part of the book, about Pi's life in India and the development of his interest in each of the major world religions is a little slow. I think it all works together beautifully, but understand that it's a rather slow start for those expecting a story of shipwreck and survival from page one.
The narrator is Scott Brick, who is amazing and I have listened to with pleasure dozens of times. I blame the subject matter. It's a good subject and it's a good book, it's just tough to listen to someone else lecture you on eating habits! Read it, don't have it read to you.
He breaks down his research along simple rules, some of which are "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants" while going into detail about how food manufacturing and marketing has made following those basic rules more difficult than ever.
Pollan traces the history of things like white bread, and the proliferation of snack foods and eating according to nutrients instead of eating whole foods, and he always brings it back to where these changes have gotten us: our current overweight and unhealthy statistics.