Born Round by Frank Bruni
Born Round
By Frank Bruni
368 pages; Penguin


When he was a toddler, he screamed for seconds, thirds. Later, he lunged at precooked chicken pieces while driving ("If I needed to liberate both hands, I used my left knee to steer"). Born Round is New York Times writer Frank Bruni's hugely enjoyable memoir about the shame and saucy joys of overeating, about endless dieting ("Yo-Yo Me"), desperate dating, "sleep-eating" in the dead of night, and learning to think judiciously about the dizzying danger zone of dinner.

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