The Sun Sign Diet

Gayle Black, Author MacMillan Publishing Company $0 (460p) ISBN 978-0-02-511110-3
Black has designed 12 ""personalized'' diets tailored to eating habits, personality traits, libidinal tendencies, and chemical and metabolic makeup supposedly revealed by the zodiac. The book is plagued by generalizations: ``Human bodies basically come in 12 different shapes, represented by the 12 signs''; Aries is ``the hit-and-run eater,'' Virgo ``the analytical eater.'' Stargazers may initially be lured, but even the most devoted will come away unsated by this inane (``Libra, your natural elegance, warmth and magnetism, spiced with just the right touch of flirtatiousness, combine to make you one deliciously tempting dish''), often insulting (``Even walking, you Aries look like a charging ram'') work. The diet is low in calories and includes eight daily glasses of water, hardly innovative concepts. And much information is repeated, sometimes verbatim, from sign to ``personalized'' sign. 50,000 first printing; $50,000 ad/promo; author tour. (April 22)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1986
Release date: 01/01/1986
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