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Till We Eat Again: A Second Helping Paperback – May 14, 2012
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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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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).
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.