Born Round: A Story of Family, Food, and a Ferocious Appetite
by Frank Bruni
(Penguin, 2010, 368 pages)
Frank Bruni is a columnist at The New York Times. He’s held many different posts at the paper, one of them being the restaurant critic. The premise of this memoir revolves around how taking on that position was an exciting and intimidating prospect for Bruni due to his history with food and his weight.
Bruni was “born round,” as he puts it. He was always eating and thinking about food growing up and he struggled with being overweight and accepting his body. Things were especially difficult given the way his Italian family prioritized the role of food in all social occasions. Bruni tried to manage his weight a number of ways (very few of them healthy) and he allowed his body image to govern his social life and keep him from fully embracing who he was.
This memoir stands out because it’s rare to hear about men struggling with their weight and allowing it to essentially dictate who they are. Bruni’s writing style is accessible and easy to read. If you’re a fan of his writing or just looking for an interesting memoir this could be a good book for you to pick up.