Candid. Frank Bruni’s memoir is titled, Born Round: The Secret History of a Full-Time Eater. His direct and punchy writing style reveals aspects of his life that most individuals would be too embarrassed to discuss, let alone publish. He presents his insecurities, a serious eating disorder, and lots of quirky behavior that draws readers in, made me laugh often, and by the end of the book, made me feel like this Frank Bruni is an ok guy. An accomplished journalist, he was recently the food critic for The New York Times. Born Round covers that part of his life, which involved lots of eating, as well as his early life, which also involved lots of eating. For much of his life, he’s struggled to keep his weight down. The stories of meals and family members and relationships are hilarious and sometimes sad. The end result is a finely written memoir that reveals with candor a fascinating smorgasbord of the ups and downs of life. Those readers who enjoy eating will especially appreciate Born Round.
Rating: Three-star (Recommended)
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