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An XL Life: Staying Big at Half the Size Hardcover – December 27, 2011
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“His story is an inspiration to anyone looking, not merely to overcome obstacles, but to absorb, process and actually utilize adversity to their advantage.”
"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.”
"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."
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“Big Boy is one of the nicest, funniest, most witty, most generous human beings I've come in contact with. Love him 2 death.”
“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.”
About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good Story...It was a gift for a friend. He really enjoyed the book. I hope you enjoy it as well.Published on March 18, 2013 by Shontica Thirsty
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... Read morePublished on January 8, 2013 by susie Q
SUCKS ... read about 50 pgs. and scanned through the rest of the book. Not a whole lot of Gastric Bypass stories and a lot of s--- I was not interested in.Published on June 3, 2012 by Gordon Bennett