If your weight was nearing 500, and as an enlightened and celebrated journalist you knew you're only one of millions of Americans struggling with weight, body image, and a relationship with food that puts them at major risk, what would you do? Intimate and insightful, The Elephant in the Room is Tomlinson’s chronicle of meeting those people, taking the first steps towards health, and trying to understand how, as a nation, we got to this point.
From buying a FitBit and setting an exercise goal to contemplating the Heart Attack Grill, America’s “capital of food porn,” and modifying his own diet, Tomlinson brings us along on an unforgettable journey of self-discovery that is 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.
Coming up January 25: Regional Celebrity and Pulitzer Nominee Tommy Tomlinson is coming to Charleston to introduce his fabulous, funny and heartfelt book The Elephant in the Room. Join us for lunch with Tommy at Hall's Signature Events.
Tomlinson has written for publications including Esquire, ESPN the Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Forbes, Garden & Gun, and many others. He spent 23 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 Americas 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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