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Product Details

  • Paperback: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Magic Hill LLC; 1ST edition (November 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615397514
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615397511
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,127,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Reviewed by DEVON TOMASULO, MFA
"For his book Fat People, Bill Schubart has created and gathered a collection of stories that will make you rethink your relationship with food. Schubart is smart, sensitive and unnervingly keen at noticing details...."

READ MORE: psychcentral.com/lib/2011/fat-people/

About the Author

Bill Schubart has lived with his family in Vermont since 1947. He writes about Vermont in fiction, humor and opinion pieces. At 26, Schubart was elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Vermont Arts Council and then served again at age 41. At 30, he joined the Board of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. In 1984, he became Chairman of the Vermont Folklife Center. He was educated in Morrisville Public Schools, Phillips Exeter Academy, Kenyon College and the University of Vermont. Schubart's great uncle was the renowned photographer and champion of impressionist art, Alfred Stieglitz. Schubart is fluent in French language and culture which he taught before entering communications as an entrepreneur. He writes and speaks extensively on the media and other civic issues. He has served on panels and spoken at numerous industry and media events including Book Expo, The Direct Marketing Association and The Entertainment Marketing Conference. He also writes and publishes opinion and fiction at www.Schubart.com . Schubart's interests include poetry, logging, stone gardening, primitive music and Proust.

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Bill Schubart has lived with his family in Vermont since 1947. He was educated at Phillips Exeter Academy, Kenyon College and the University of Vermont. He is fluent in French language and culture which he taught before entering communications as an entrepreneur.

He writes and speaks extensively on the media and about Vermont in fiction, humor and opinion pieces as a VT Public Radio commentator.

He is a co-founder of Resolution, Inc., a fully integrated E-commerce services partner. In 1973, he co-founded Philo Records, an independent record label producing international artists in the folk and classical field now part of the Rounder Group. He also founded the Pleiades Music Group, a music publishing company.

At the age of 26 Schubart was elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Vermont Arts Council, the State's arts agency - the youngest trustee ever to serve as Chairman - and then served again at age 41. At 30, he joined the Board of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. In 1984, he became founding Chairman of the Vermont Folklife Center. At the request of then-Governor Madeleine Kunin, Schubart chaired the Vermont Statehood Bicentennial Commission, planning the celebration for Vermont's 200th birthday in 1991.

He has advised many non-profit and educational organizations on a variety of cultural and technical projects including the formation of Vermont Public Radio, on whose board he recently served as Chair. Additionally, he has taught courses at the University of Vermont in music, technology and business. Schubart is a founder and past chairman of the American Video Duplication Association, has served on the Governor's Telecommunications Task Force He is past Chair of the Vermont Business Roundtable. He recently completed a three year term as Chair of Fletcher Allen Health Care, a 500-bed academic medical center. He currently serves on the Legislative Blue Ribbon Commission on Taxes charged with making recommendations to improve the VT revenue system.

He is the author of "The Lamoille Stories," a collection of Vermont tales and of "Fat People," a collection of stories about people and their relationships with food. His first novel, "Panhead" tells the story of a brother and sister growing up on a farm in Northern Vermont.

His interests include poetry, photography, stone gardening, cooking with fire, classical and primitive music. He lives in Vermont, with his wife Katherine, also a writer. http://www.Schubart.com

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Stephen H. Morris on December 6, 2010
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Bill Schubart takes on the forbidden subject ... fat. And he takes it head-on from the jarring title to the cover image of a naked, disgruntled cherub who looks as if someone has just taken away his sweet bun. The characters of these fourteen fictional stories share enormous girths and are treated with equal measures of honesty (occasionally brutal), sympathy, and pathos. There's Baybie in her slanted trailer, Father Bob who can no longer reach his own penis,the girl on the train with the imaginary boy friend, even an aging coyote scavenging for fast food scraps. Be forewarned! The author will be taking you in places you've never been before (and maybe did not want to go). Schubart, a "man of girth," has been there, done that. What redeems these stories is the clarity and precision of the writing. Whether it's describing the compulsive creation of the perfect white bread cheese sandwich or the lingering aftertaste of a cinnamon roll Schubart's writing is as addictive as some of his characters' eating disorders. Writing this good makes any subject interesting. (Thank goodness, no recipes in this book!)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Boston Reader on January 2, 2011
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This is not light reading. In Bill Schubart's unsparing but compassionate stories, the world of people "of girth," opens up to the rest of us: the strain on the joints imposed by great weight; the beckoning, dreaded aroma of cinnamon buns and cheap pizza in an airport concourse (can you keep walking and get past that counter?); the rank odor wafting off a shy teenager in a boarding school because he's too ashamed to shower with the other boys. The loneliness and isolation; the obsessions. And every once in a while, a sweet small victory.

At times you may find yourself a reluctant reader but stay with it. You won't find this perspective anywhere else.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Erica S. Heilman on December 17, 2010
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I couldn't stop reading this book. This doesn't happen to me very often. The stories are funny and incisive and heartbreaking and true.

Sometimes with great writing you feel like you're sitting with the author as the stories are coming out--that somehow the writing is happening in the moment of the reading. That's how I felt reading this book. I kept sucking in my breath....

Thank you.

Erica
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dam2 on January 16, 2011
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This is an amazing collection of stories. Stories full of deep understanding, poignant humor, and courageous revelation. They remind us of the complex societal and personal struggles and taboos around body, food, and love that we all confront but which fat people struggle with in so many different ways.There is great sensitivity and perspective in this collection. (Notice that in the tags list one cannot find just the word "fat" but only phrases about fat.)
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