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An XL Life: Staying Big at Half the Size Hardcover – December 27, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Cash Money Content (December 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936399210
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936399215
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,311,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Yeah, BIG means so much to the culture. He inspired a generation. I always play his songs to get me through…Huh? What other BIG? Oh that guy. He's a really nice person.”
Jay-Z

“His story is an inspiration to anyone looking, not merely to overcome obstacles, but to absorb, process and actually utilize adversity to their advantage.”
Will Smith

"I’ve always believed that when you speak from your heart you win hearts—Big’s friends and fans are the proof. Big has always had the biggest heart of us all.”
Tyrese

"Big Boy is not only one of my favorite radio personalities, he is a great person and human being. Heart of gold and man of his word. It’s an honor to call him a friend."
Sean Diddy Combs

“Big Boy is one of the nicest, funniest, most witty, most generous human beings I've come in contact with. Love him 2 death.”
Travis Barker

“Big Boy is what I call "Genuine funny." He's funny when he's telling jokes, but even when he's not tryin' to be he's STILL funny. That's not easy. Plus he's a good dude, another difficult thing to be in this business. Love that guy.”
Ne-Yo
 

About the Author

Big Boy, aka Kurt Alexander, is one of the most recognizable voices on the radio and ranks among the most widely heard hip-hop radio DJs in the country – one of only a few personalities to transcend the broadcast console and develop a branded presence in television (Flavor of Love, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Snoop Dogg’s Father ‘Hood), movies (The Longest Yard, Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo) and as an advertising pitchman for the likes of Nissan and Coca-Cola. 

The second youngest of seven children, Big Boy grew up in Los Angeles, California. After college, Big Boy took advantage of his increasingly large size and broke into the hip-hop world working as a bodyguard for the rap group Pharcyde. 

Ever since, Big Boy has worked in radio, dominating the ratings in all of the timeslots he has occupied including nights, afternoons, and mornings. His name, deriving from his size which peaked at 500 pounds, led to Big having the duodenal switch stomach surgery in fall of 2003. Over the next year he lost over 250 pounds, however in the process he nearly lost his life. 

Through it all Big Boy continued to hold the #1 rated morning show, leading the industry to recognize Big by naming him Personality of the Year four times from the Radio Music Awards and the same honor seven times from Radio and Records magazine. The National Association of Broadcasters has also recognized Big Boy’s exceptional talent with the Marconi Award which is the “Oscars of Radio” a very rare three times in 2002, 2004 and 2007.

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I found myself laughing throughout the Chapters.
Mari
Thanks Big for sharing a part of your life that many of us were/are able to relate to and found and can find a good outcome in life.
Le Shroom
Reading this book made me learn more in one week than what I have learned working with him for 4 years!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Le Shroom on March 5, 2012
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I am not a huge fan of reading, But a huge fan of Big Boy. I've listened to him since he first came up on Power so figured I would show him the love and purchase the book. Gotta say it was Funny, Emotional and Inspiring. Crazy how you hear the person on the Radio and know one side of his life but this book explained the other side... the real side of Big and its amazing that he shared that with the world. This is the very first book i picked up in 10 years and me not being a huge fan of reading, I couldn't put down my kindle because it was that good. At time in bed i would start busting up or a tear running down my cheek and my Wife would ask what was going on and wanted me to explain. But all she got was you got to read this on your own. A lot of people take life for granted and the struggles we face in life is just a few bumps on the road and and after a few miles you see that the road becomes smooth. Big shows us in his book that for many of us life is like that but there is always a good outcome as long as we keep trying to do good for ourselves and reach for the stars and life will be great. Thanks Big for sharing a part of your life that many of us were/are able to relate to and found and can find a good outcome in life.
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This is an awesome book. I listen to big boy every morning I think he is extremely funny and very talented. This book made me an even bigger fan he is a true inspiration of how one can follow their passion and overcome any challenges...
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By Deirdre Hollins on April 8, 2013
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Big Boy says it all in his book. His morning drive in LA is hilarious and his book is an eye opener on his life. Glad he shared his struggles with his fans, because he makes us ALL realize we can be better to ourselves. Love you Big Boy. Power105.9 ***ringing my CowBell*** right back at you!!!
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Good Story...It was a gift for a friend. He really enjoyed the book. I hope you enjoy it as well.
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Good reading, helps keep you motivated and covers some truths, like being raised on "comfort" love food and relating to food as a love and comfort source instead of just fuel for your body.
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By RamonTwenty4 on December 16, 2012
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When I heard the Big Boy was releasing this book I knew that I HAD to read it. I've been a fan of Big for years and he is the funniest person in radio. So as a fan it was great to read about his life in his own words. He talks about everything from growing up homeless in Los Angeles to his struggles with weight. He is very candid in detailing everything and not shy about anything. I love it.
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By jhikes on May 23, 2012
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I had never heard of Big Boy until I saw him on the Wendy Williams show. They talked about the book he had written, which piqued my curiosity. I wanted to know more about Big Boy. I had never heard of a radio personality like him. The book was so interesting, I had to make myself put it down. Big Boy had quite an interesting life. I'm glad to know that he overcame his poverty and pounds and has excelled in the world of entertainment. A must read!
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By Amazon Customer on March 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I've listened to Big Boy since he first started at Power 106... I remember driving by his billboards and thinking, "wow... he's huge".... Then I remember seeing a picture of him after the surgery... Thinking, "wow... he's so skinny"... I was happy for him, but I was unaware of the struggles that came along with his surgery... He never mentioned it on air. This book really goes into detail about his struggles with the surgery. Everyone always makes it seem like it's an easy, quick fit process, yet it can really be life threatening.

I also enjoy how he discusses his past, growing up with nothing, being involved in the growth of west coast hip hop at a young age, and making his way to the top. Everyone is faced with life changing choices, Big is proof that making the right ones will lead to success. Very inspirational.
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