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'The Big Skinny: How I Changed My Fattitude'

The graphic novel genre - complex, book-length comics - has a new star: this diet-cartoon-autobiography, featured prominently in trade bible Publishers Weekly.

California cartoonist Lay (The New Yorker, etc.) depicts her lifetime weight struggles - from a plump teen who mistook a pan of Raid-sprayed ants for "chocolate" sprinkles ("I will NEVER tell anyone about this as long as I live!" her teen-self screams . . . but, of course, now she has) - to a 50-year-old who quit being like "math-is- hard" Barbie, finally deciding to count calories. And exercise.

THE SCOOP: Lay's road to success has her slamming the door on " George Clooney" and his fatty McDonald's breakfast - and ensuring cookie-selling Girl Scouts never ring her doorbell again (laugh-aloud funny).

THE BOTTOM LINE: Amusing, sometimes touching, Lay's tour de force also brims with useful facts - calorie counts, a "gymless workout," recipes, nutrition tips. Art-loving dieters, rejoice.


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