September 01, 1980 12:00 PM

by Don Lessem

Lewis Grossberger and Vic Ziegel, who wrote The Non-Runner’s Book in 1978, were there first in parodying the exercise craze. This is a fairly delightful addition to the literature. Lessem, a 6’1″, 160-pound writer who obviously hasn’t put his mouth where his typewriter is, points out, for instance, that if running a mile consumes 100 calories, one could save that much quicker and easier simply by avoiding eating one banana. And by not eating seven ice-cream sundaes a day, you can lose 20 pounds a week. If the humor in this book is flimsy in spots, it’s hard to argue with the logic. (Morrow Quill, paperback, $3.95)

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