Local author Dafna Lazar's The Hard Road to Staying Thin, Healthy and Youthful, While Enjoying Life and Food to the Fullest: Fountain of Youth? has recently been published. $29.95, 154 pages. Available on Amazon.com and locally at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library.
Summary (from press release):
This is a true story that starts with a tragic fall, literally from a Garden of Eden into an abyss. Due to her own reckless action - a fatal flaw, perhaps - the protagonist loses everything she had. She is on the verge of exiting life. Instead she finds herself running and concomitantly begins a series of other intense purifications. To her astonishment, she achieves through these a state of transcendence and ecstasy, which allows her to choose life.
From then on a breathtaking struggle begins to maintain her physical, emotional and spiritual well being while somehow living in the very challenging actual world. The tale spans through decades, two continents, and is replete with dramatic setbacks and triumphs. Through endless trials and errors, a “system” evolves which ultimately enables her to achieve a perfect balance, and maintain extraordinary thinness, health and youthfulness. Many people these days will hopefully find here the guide to achieving thinness, fine health and well being, while fully enjoying life.
Dafna Lazar was born and raised on a kibbutz in Israel. She received a master’s degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Wisconsin. She taught Hebrew at Boston University and other institutions, and is now teaching an adult Hebrew class in Tucson. She published in Israel a book of poetry, a book of letters, translations of prose and poetry, and numerous articles. She lives in Tucson and is now at work on a Hebrew and English novel.