The Elephant in the Room by Tommy Tomlinson audiobook

The Elephant in the Room: One Fat Man's Quest to Get Smaller in a Growing America

By Tommy Tomlinson
Read by Tommy Tomlinson

Simon & Schuster Audio 9781501111617

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Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781508278894

  • ISBN: 9781508278887

Runtime: 7.43 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

“Inspirational…I loved this book. I found myself sneak-reading it from the moment it came in the door. As with a sack of White Castle burgers, I hated to reach the end….[Tomlinson] writes exceedingly well.” —Dwight Garner, The New York Times

The government definition of obesity is a body mass index of 30 or more. My BMI is 60.7. My shirts are size XXXXXXL, which the big-and-tall stores shorten to 6X. I’m 6-foot-1, or 73 inches tall. My waist is 60 inches around. I’m nearly a sphere.

Those are the numbers. This is how it feels…

So begins The Elephant in the Room, Tommy Tomlinson’s remarkably intimate and insightful memoir of his life as a fat man. When he was almost fifty years old, Tomlinson weighed an astonishing—and dangerous—460 pounds, at risk for heart disease, diabetes, and stroke, unable to climb a flight of stairs without having to catch his breath, or travel on an airplane without buying two seats. Raised in a family that loved food, he had been aware of the problem for years, seeing doctors and trying diets from the time he was a preteen. But nothing worked, and every time he tried to make a change, it didn’t go the way he planned—in fact, he wasn’t sure that he really wanted to change.

In The Elephant in the Room, Tomlinson chronicles his lifelong battle with weight in a voice that combines the urgency of Roxane Gay’s Hunger with the intimacy of Rick Bragg’s All Over but the Shoutin’. He also hits the road to meet other members of the plus-sized tribe in an attempt to understand how, as a nation, we got to this point. From buying a FitBit and setting exercise goals to contemplating the Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas, America’s “capital of food porn,” and modifying his own diet, Tomlinson brings us along on a candid and sometimes brutal look at the everyday experience of being constantly aware of your size. Over the course of the book, he confronts these issues head-on and chronicles the practical steps he has to take—big and small—to lose weight by the end.

Affecting and searingly honest, The Elephant in the Room is a powerful memoir that will resonate with anyone who has grappled with addiction, shame, or self-consciousness. It is also a literary triumph that will stay with readers long after the last page.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Inspirational…I loved this book…[Tomlinson] writes exceedingly well…[with] his clean and witty and punchy sentences, his smarts and his middle-class sensibility.” New York Times
“Full of language so authentically fresh it needs no sell-by date. I could not turn the pages fast enough.” Beth Macy, New York Times bestselling author
“It’s funny and poignant and life-affirming…An acclaimed journalist and Pulitzer Prize finalist, Tomlinson can write like nobody’s business.” Traverse City Record Eagle (Michigan)
“He doesn’t hold back in his comments about his needs and wants and interjects enough humor to offset the more serious parts of the narrative and keep the pages turning…An authentic look at a struggle that millions of Americans face every day.” Kirkus Reviews
“Tommy Tomlinson narrates his audiobook in a voice filled with the honest heart and soul-baring courage of his writing…Tomlinson’s voice, quiet and gravelly, reflects the medical interventions he recounts in his audiobook. Befitting the professional journalist and freelance writer he is, his skill at telling a good story carries the listener.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Tommy Tomlinson

Author Bio: Tommy Tomlinson

Tommy Tomlinson has written for publications including Esquire, ESPN the Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Forbes, Garden & Gun, and many others. He spent twenty-three years as a reporter and local columnist for the Charlotte Observer, where he was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in commentary. His stories have been chosen twice for the Best American Sports Writing series (2012 and 2015) and he also appears in the anthology “America’s Best Newspaper Writing.” He is also the host of the podcast SouthBound in partnership with WFAE, Charlotte’s NPR station. He has taught at Wake Forest University, the University of Georgia, and at workshops and conferences across the country. He was a 2008-09 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. Tommy and his wife, Alix Felsing, live in Charlotte.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 7.43
Audience: Adult
Language: English