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Judy Gruen is the author of several books, including MBA Admission for Smarties: The No-Nonsense Guide to Acceptance at Top Business Schools (with Linda Abraham), The Women’s Daily Irony Supplement, which earned multiple awards for humor, and Carpool Tunnel Syndrome: Motherhood as Shuttle Diplomacy. She is a regular humor columnist for Aish.com and MommaSaid.net and her essays have appeared in dozens of major media outlets as well as ten anthologies, including Chicken Soup for the Soul: Shaping the New You (2011) and Fits, Starts & Matters of the Heart: 28 Stories of Love, Loss & Everything in Between (2009). Additionally, Judy is a senior editor with Accepted.com, a graduate school editorial consulting service. Despite writing about her valiant efforts to lose weight and get in shape, Judy will still follow you anywhere if you promise her a Godiva raspberry truffle bar.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 202 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1470118114
  • ISBN-13: 978-1470118112
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,685,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This was a great, laugh-out-loud read!

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!
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This book was marginally funny. I should have taken note on how few reviews there were before I purchased the book. I think Gruen's got potential, but she's got A LONG WAY TO GO before she could contend with the likes of Erma Bombeck. The only real "keeper" from this book if you're considering it for the topic is: "Chew Less, Move More"; save your money on diet fads and follow that advice.
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I happen to know Judy Gruen, and she's as funny in print as she is in person, which is saying a lot. Her articles on Aish.com and in magazines are not only funny, but touch the experiences of women everywhere, which is one of the reasons her writing is so effective. Readers can't help but identify with Judy.

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).
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Judy Gruen's new book "Till We Eat Again: A Second Helping" is a laugh-out-loud, fun read.

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!
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This book had me chuckling every minute! I read it cover to adorable cover (makes a very cute gift!) one sunny afternoon while avoiding the gym, and enjoyed every page of the author's quest to slim down for her college reunion. Who doesn't relate to that?

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!
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There seems to be more diets than political opinions and often even diets that look broadly similar will disagree on something or another. Other than "watch what you eat" opinions can and do vary.

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.
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