Review: Tomlisin’s Elephant in the Room

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

Tommy Tomlinson

Tomlisin is a lifelong reporter. It shows in this memoir of eating (and over-eating), love (and loss), and what it means to try to wrestle back a healthy life with a body that is fighting you, in a world that is trying to get you to hit the drive-through just one more time.

Tomlinsin brings the crisp, direct, prose of someone who has written thousands of words on deadline. He couples that with the brutal, heartrending honesty of someone who has looked deep into himself and decided to make some changes. I’ve read my fair share of diet memoirs, but rarely are they delivered with this level of honesty and real deal writing chops. I devoured this in a couple days, seeing myself in many of Tomlinsin’s struggles and deeply impressed with his honesty.


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