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Till We Eat Again: A Second Helping Paperback – May 14, 2012
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More About the Author
Her most recent book, Till We Eat Again: A Second Helping (May 2012), infuses the funny into the otherwise frustrating topic of trying to lose weight and get in shape, and is earning rave reviews from readers and reviewers. (It is a thoroughly revised, updated, and redesigned version of an earlier title, Till We Eat Again: Confessions of a Diet Dropout.) In 2011, Judy also co-authored her first business book, MBA Admission for Smarties: The No-Nonsense Guide to Acceptance at Top Business Schools, with Linda Abraham, founder and president of Accepted.com. Judy's previous humor books include The Women's Daily Irony Supplement, which earned multiple awards for humor, including ForeWord Magazine's Humor Book of the Year (2007) and Carpool Tunnel Syndrome: Motherhood as Shuttle Diplomacy.
Judy's essays -- both humorous and serious -- appear regularly on Aish.com, MommaSaid.net, MetroImma.com, TheJewishWoman.org, and many other media outlets. Her work has been featured in more than 10 anthologies as well as in The Saturday Evening Post, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, Family Circle, Ladies' Home Journal, the Los Angeles Times, AmericanThinker,com, Beliefnet.com,and many other media outlets. In 2009, she was recognized for excellence with an award from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. Judy is a member of the American Association for Therapeutic Humor and the Authors Guild.
Top Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed the author's tale of her struggle with losing a few pounds, it's easy to relate to (as any female (or even male) between the ages of 18 and 80 would) and genuinely funny. Till We Eat Again is a perfect summer novel, the diary format making it a good beach read or even, dare I say it, whilst on the bike at the gym. Because really, if Judy could lose those pesky pounds, I sure can too! Yes, it's also inspiring and motivating! Much more fun than a self-help book and much less painless than actually going to a Weigh Watchers meeting, you'll chuckle at the challenges that Judy (and her family) face just to drop a dress size or two.
The cover perfectly portrays the humorous struggle that you'll find on the pages within.
Highly recommended. Go read it!
Judy's <Till We Eat Again> is a rollicking trip through Judy's attempt to shed 15 lbs prior to a reunion. We follow her struggle with conflicting and often wacky weigh-loss advice, the apathy of her spouse, and her children's hatred of health food. Her self-deprecating humor allows us to laugh at our own propensity to cheat when confronted with chocolate or be jealous of the effortlessly and relentlessly thin among our friends. Fortunately, Judy survives her fight slightly thinner, but with her humor completely intact.
Note: this book is not even remotely an attempt to give accurate weight-loss advice. It's more like a stand-up act. Fellow warriors in the battle of the bulge will, however, appreciate the humor and may even loose a couple ounces laughing (I almost fell off my bed at one part).
Judy wanted to lose fifteen pounds for a college reunion. In an effort to do so She tries yoga, Zumba and belly dancing. She visits cardio-kickboxing class (which she loves!), personal trainers (which she doesn't love!), and she goes to weight watchers meetings. Luckily she takes us along for the hilarious ride with her easy to enjoy, diary style novel.
Her trials and tribulations are genuine and easy for anyone who has ever tried to shed a few pounds to relate to. As a former weight watchers points fanatic myself I especially like her stories about the disappearance of the 2-point Chocolate Mint bars. So accurate!
I enjoyed the fact that while she tried all the diet "craziness" she maintained a reasonable and healthy attitude and level of self esteem.
I think this book would make a perfect beach read, and with summer right around the corner I'll definitely be recommending it to my girlfriends!
We can all commiserate with Judy's aggravating friends, bewildered family members, intimidating bootcamp captains, and uncooperative scales. She does the pre-dawn workouts, healing crystals, overheated yoga, Zumba class, and point-counting--so we don't have to! And she kept me laughing during every episode as the chapters slipped by and the pounds finally came off in time for the big event and her final triumph.
This is a fast and rewarding read that is great to zoom through all at once (as I did) or to pick up at the beach, on the elliptical, or in the carpool line. Lots of fun!
Here, in an updated edition of "Till We Eat Again: Confessions of a Diet Dropout" the author refreshes her one woman attempt to make sense of the difference of opinions in the diet world and lose some weight at the same time by trying a number of different programmes and routines.
Written in a diary style, it is clear that this is not a scientific study or comparison but neither does it claim to be. The author hopes that, if nothing else, the reader will burn at least 250 calories off through laughter, or possibly more (but hopefully not less).
The writing style is fairly light and not burdensome to read. You would need to read this book cover-to-cover or a fairly large chunk of it in order to realise any sufficient benefit from the text as it is not overly modular in nature. Maybe a series of mini humorous essays would have been a better approach. With that said, however, it is not an onerous task to do so. You will discover pretty quickly if you gel with the writing style of the author and that will probably be the factor that determines whether you continue with the book. If only diets were that simple and clear to follow...
It is acknowledged that humour can be a very personal thing. For the reviewer this book neither rose to the occasion nor fell flat on its face. There were some highlights but nothing to raise it above the parapet of success. Yet, if you are tied of dieting and the endless search for success, maybe this book will at least cheer you up, let you laugh at yourself and past mistakes and give you some energy to go on. For that alone, it might be worth it. Take a look and see.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
JUDY GRUEN IS TOO THE NEXT AND NEW EMMRA BOOBECK. AND HER SLAT ON LIFE IS JUST LIKE EMMRAS SHE IS HILARIOUS AND WHO EVER DOESN'T LIKE HER HAS NO SENCE OF HUMORPublished on June 11, 2013 by VALERE TOWNSEND
This is a diary like book about Judy Gruen's quest to lose 15 lbs before a reunion. Who hasn't been there? Read morePublished on May 22, 2013 by Janet
this book is engaging-and I save it for times I need to chill out and relax-like at night before sleeping.It really is like being with a friend and shmoozing. Reccomended.Published on May 20, 2013 by Arel
Judy did a fabulous job putting humor into trying to lose weight, which has been my struggle all along. Read morePublished on April 12, 2013 by Gladys
Judy Gruen's humor is contagious! This is an hysterical accounting of wanting to lose a few pounds. I think all of us can see a bit of ourselves in Mrs. Gruen's work. Read morePublished on October 28, 2012 by Laura
If you are in the mood for a light, enjoyable read, you've found the right book.Till We Eat Again: A Second Helping takes a wry, witty, and light-hearted look at the all-too-heavy... Read morePublished on August 1, 2012 by Linda Abraham
I must have laughed away at least 3 pounds reading my 'weigh' through 'Till We Eat Again!' Judy Gruen's diary of her weight loss/exercise journey and her struggle to uncover her... Read morePublished on July 25, 2012 by Norene Gilletz
Judy Gruen was facing her 20-year college reunion with an extra fifteen pounds on her body. She set out to lose that weight by any means possible. Read morePublished on July 24, 2012 by THE SELF-TAUGHT COOK
Judy Gruen's new book Till We Eat Again is truly a relatable, laugh out loud, and easy to digest read. I could have read it in one day...it was amusing and really well written. Read morePublished on July 5, 2012 by Jennier Friedman