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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...."

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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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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 (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,099,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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As a person halfway through her own weight-loss journey, I was curious about this book and prepared to be disturbed. I did not expect the insightful sensitivity of the author toward his characters. There is no moralizing here, and neither fear nor favor. Schubart knows the experience of being "fat" and communicates it with breathtaking clarity and honesty. I cannot believe he isn't better-known. These stories will stay with you.
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Schubart is a brave man. He takes on a topic nearly untouched by a country that perpetually ranks in the top ten of "Obese Countries" whilst spending 60 billion on the weight loss market (2014). What the USA knows how to talk about is getting thin. What we don't know how to talk about is being fat. Schubart does. He does so candidly, encapsulating the raw emotions that come from from being fat in a fat-phobic nation. This book is one of a kind. Many of the short stories are tragic; much of his prose is witty ("I have also begun doing yoga. At first it felt like trying to do origami with a boneless pork roast..." The book is important. If you identify as Schubart does, "of girth," you may hear an echo of your own suffering. The feeling is common, but too frequently the narrative is silenced by shame. This is why I call Schubart brave. If you have never experienced body shame, you too should read this. It is important to understand the effects of fatphobia. Besides, Schubart's prose is beyond captivating. It feels first hand. I couldn't put it down.

Very rarely do I find reading such a personal experience as I did when reading this book.
Thanks to the author.
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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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