Haiku for the hefty
Finally, for those who indulge a bit too much in holiday goodies, there is the hilarious, heartfelt The Sound of One Thigh Clapping, Meredith Clair's meditation on the eternal fight against fat. After failing at quick-fix diets, Clair enrolled in a weight-loss class led by a woman with a Zen attitude. Inspired, Clair decided to pen her own weight-loss creed. The result is this hilarious book filled with haikus (17-syllable verses) that cut right to the heart of the matter: dieting is no fun, but it can be funny. Clair's gems pay tribute well, sort of to some of the most beloved diet-busters:"Fond memories ofHidden Valley Ranch, where Ilast saw my waistline.""Thank you, Buffalo,for the memories, the wings,and the extra pounds.""Tasty pink grapefruit significantly less soafter the eighth day." Clair also shares down-to-earth advice on how to avoid caloric temptation, and perhaps more importantly, how to change one's self-image. With its whimsical illustrations and refreshing point of view, The Sound of One Thigh Clapping is one self-help book that doesn't take itself too seriously. All Amy Scribner wants from Santa is less traffic on the Washington, D.C., Beltway.