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Born Round by Frank Bruni
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Jan 09, 2010

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bookshelves: biography-memoir, food, for-grown-ups, non-fic, sad
Read in January, 2010

Really enjoying this story -- Bruni is growing up in the NY suburbs roughly the same time as I did (Italian, though, not Jewish, and Westchester, not Queens). The social importance of food, food equalling love, and the deliciousness of everything! It's all so familiar. Why, in the same family, do some siblings eat and enjoy, but not too much, while others dream about food and savor every bite, and the next one, too? What I didn't expect was for Bruni's writing to be sad. He just evokes that 'ooh, poor chubby boy, I'm sad for you' feeling. It's especially sad that someone with his education, accomplishments, and career should still feel that his self-worth is so directly attached to his physical sized.

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