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As she breaks 200 pounds, and not in a good way, 29-year-old Rita finds herself married to a self-focused widower with two difficult kids and a mother who almost makes Rita’s own mother look like a role model—which is really saying something. Graham’s first wife, being dead, just keeps getting better and better in everyone’s memories while Rita just gets fatter and more ag ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published March 13th 2012 by CreateSpace
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Rose Cimarron
[2012-07-24] Woohoo! My book arrived today and it's a biggie :-) I had a quick flick through and it looks good.
Thanks Mary :-D
Marla Mendenhall
Jun 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer #1: My observations cannot be deemed wholly objective. I am easily impacted by external influence, the last movie I saw, the last book I read, the last comment I heard from Dr. Phil or my own editor. Like Scrooge, I am uncertain my observations aren’t persuaded by a fragment of underdone potato.

Disclaimer #2: I received a copy of this book from the author herself, a disclosure the importance of which is known only to those who may deem it significant. (I'm a first born. I'm just follo
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M.M. Mayle
Mar 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
If your shoulders are not always wider than your hips and you can't quite give up cigarettes, you have something in common with Rita, the beleaguered and overburdened heroine of THE WHOLE CLOVE DIET. If that's not altogether the case, chances are you'll still find her an engrossing subject and her story a worthwhile read.

Rita is first encountered in her doctor's office, where she learns another physician will be covering for him that day. Unlike her regular doctor, the substitute has no toleranc
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Jess Schira
Mar 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Whole Clove Diet follows a woman as she struggles with some really big issues. Every single day is a challenge. The bluntness of Doctor Graves (Rita can't get over the irony of his name) forces Rita to face the reality of her weight and the threat it poses for her future health. Being forced to face the reality of her weight, causes Rita to start looking at other aspects of her life that she's previously ignored.

The book is well written, the characters are multi--dimensional and very relatab
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Kathryn Burke
Dec 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I read this book twice. During the first read-through, about in the middle, I became annoyed with Rita, the book's main character. I wanted her to grow a backbone! But, I found myself thinking about Rita as if she was a real person instead of someone Mary Walters created. I think Rita got to me so much because I am an adult child of a parent with extreme addiction issues -- my mother was addicted to alcohol and prescription medications. Some of the discomfort I felt was because Rita was so reali ...more
Michael Jennings
Mar 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
While Mary Walters' book deals directly with weight, smoking and self-esteem issues, its message is intended to reach far beyond those highlighted issues alone. The book will give the reader a clear look into the psyche of one individual as she struggles with negative circumstances within her daily life -- most of which are of her own making. As we follow her daily life of boredom, jealousies and insecurities, it will oftentimes remind us of our own struggles. In the first part of the book, we f ...more
Marjorie
May 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Mary Walters' The Whole Clove Diet is more than a good read. It is the deepest insight into women and what they think and how they talk to themselves. Rita, the protagonist, is not only over weight, she is depressed about it, and it consumes her whole waking life--even some of her sleeping life. I can't remember a time when I have laughed so hard or felt so sad, and even so angry at a character in a book. This isn't just about losing weight and the perpetual yo-yo stuff, This is about looking in ...more
Lesley Curnow
Oct 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
An engrossing read.
The character of Rita was wonderfully well drawn. At war with herself and caught in a spiral of self disgust at her addictions to food and tobacco Rita seems bent on self destruction. She slingshots between fad diets, makes feeble excuses for herself, becomes increasingly isolated and feels increasingly helpless. Mary Walters takes us on a journey that will be familiar to many of us.

However for Rita there is a turning point. A visit to an unsympathetic doctor gives her the jol
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Tanya Negrey
May 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A great read. Sometimes beauty is in simplicity; this book doesn't try to be anything it's not. It's not trying to be literature, it's trying to tell the story of one woman's struggle with her demons. Well written, great characters, and believable. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Toni
Oct 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Very interesting and different. Even though I wanted to shake the characters at times, the main character evolved slowly into the person you hoped for but I still don't know about that husband, LOL. Good read.
Indiebrag
Jul 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
this is a terrific read that has just been honored with a B.R.A.G.Medallion!
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Mary W. Walters is the award-winning author of 4.5 novels, a collection of short stories, a non-fiction book about grant-writing for academics, and hundreds of essays, articles and blog posts on a host of subjects. She has been executive director of a writers’ organization, awards facilitator at at university, a writing teacher, a freelance writer, editor and grants consultant – and, throughout it ...more