Kaitlyn Barrett's Reviews > Born Round: The Secret History of a Full-time Eater

Born Round by Frank Bruni
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Mar 21, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: eating-and-cooking, books-i-adore

Glorious. Easy. Skilled. Practiced. Clearly this man writes for a living.

However, it’s all very polished and presentable. I suspect that the real Frank is funnier, wittier, crasser and more spiteful than this book allows. While this writing is so adult and presentable and Emily Post, I wish for a little more spice.

But maybe he has the best of both worlds? He writes for other people in a way that pleases them, he makes a living and it doesn’t affect his real life. His real life and writing don’t intersect. He’s managed to make writing a polished sanitized echo of his life instead of a dirty upheaval of his innermost soul. This way he can write and live and have them be separate. Is that good? I can’t tell.

I loved the book. It’s very professional and evocative and smart. I wish I could meet the real Frank because I only see his ghost in these pages and the difference between him and this book is the difference between his grandma’s pasta and gravy and Babbo’s linguine with marinara.
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