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- Listening Length: 9 hours and 34 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Penguin Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: August 25, 2009
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002MVI0YS
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The best part of this book, both the most lovingly written and the funniest, is all the vivid description of Bruni's family; in particular the two women - mother and grandmother - who he loved so fiercely and whose obsessive cooking habits surely influenced his obsessive eating habits.
The hardest part of this book to read was the constant, sometimes dismaying, drumbeat of his lifelong eating disorder (which he never quite names as such). I appreciated his candor, and felt overwhelmed at moments with sympathy; but there were times when his self-destructive behavior just forced me to put the book down. It's so hard to read about such a nice guy messing up his life so badly over food.
But do read this book. It is full of heart and humor good writing. It made me like Bruni even more than his courageous newspaper writing already has. It also made me wish he'd gone for some therapy in college and maybe saved himself some pain in his life. But, all in all, he's not to be pitied, and this memoir of struggling with food has lessons for all of us.
So take what I have to say with the proverbial grain of salt. I saw a lot of myself in this book, and that gave me extra reading pleasure. Bruni writes about food and his love for it so well that I could conjure in my mind taste of everything from his grandmother's sauce-filled fried dough balls to the disgusting packaged chicken he devoured in the car and whose bones he left under the dashboard. I know whereof he speaks, and when the author writes about food, I felt like I was there sensing it.
On the other hand, if there were a note of falsity or failure to explain, I picked up on it, and did a few times. Bruni has a lot to tackle in this book, which covers multiple decades, and he moves deftly from the epiphany where he realizes he has lost control of his overeating, and explains how he got out of it. What we miss, however, is how he tackled the minor addictions along the way: to wit, bulimia and the use of speed and laxatives. How he put an end to the latter two are never explained, and the discussion of bulimia ends abruptly with an impromptu, one page "intervention" with a couple of friends in the college eatery. What happened then? On the other hand, he handled the death of his mother with aplomb, dropping small details of her illness throughout the chapters, and her death is conveyed with not a touch of sentimentality, but love and humor.
The last chapter where he sums up his thoughts is a little airy, but he ends his story on precisely the right note. I put down the book liking the writer and his writing enormously. I guess that is what any memoirist sets out to do, and Bruni has done it.