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Ada's Rules

by Alice Randall

Anyone who has ever been on a diet will empathise with Ada, the sassy heroine of this novel. But this is not just about a struggle to lose weight. With her rules for transforming herself, Ada becomes an inspiring role model for a total change of lifestyle and outlook. There are many useful tips and interesting insights into African-American culture along the way, plus the novel can even be used as a diet manual. What more could you want!

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It’s funny how all those naked Ruben women don’t look anything but fat anymore. Those hanging bellies scare the bejesus out of me. Bosoms are something else. I love my big pillow breasts. One of the hardest things about losing weight is deflating those giant man and baby cushions. When I look down, I see my big cloud immensities, tipped in chocolate like a present, better than a bow. When I lose more weight, those are going to turn into flat pancakes I need to shove in a bottom-padded push-up bra. But that’s okay. When I lose weight, I can find a bra that fits at Victoria’s Secret.
MaDear’s been shouting out loud to me today. Be careful what you wish for. I always wanted to be a fat old black lady in a flowered dress on a porch, feeding my grandbabies chocolate. But not too soon. And maybe not ever, now.

Parallels

Getting to Happy by Terry McMillan
Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
 

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