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Dominique BrowningBruni's prose is as robust as his story; he clearly enjoys writing as much as eating. He is also, at times, very funny. But the best thing about Born Round is that it is so embarrassingly, inspiringly honest. For a guy who has spent much of his life too mortified to take off his coat, this is one laid-bare story…His book does what a memoir should: it entertains and edifies, voicing pain that otherwise many endure in loneliness. It promises to give comfort to souls feeling confused or betrayed by their bodies. Such staggering generosity: Born Round is like the Italian dinners Bruni loves—served up noisy, fun, heaping and delicious. Bruni's readers, at least, are lucky he was born round.
—The New York Times Book Review