Fat People Don’t Shop In Bookstores & Other Crazy Thoughts
Nice book, says B&N, we’ll keep it online. These types of books sell better online.
Uh-oh. What type of books? FAT BOOKS? FOR FAT PEOPLE???
Fat people don’t shop for diet books. They shop for candy bars. If they’re in the bookstore, they avoid the diet books. When they want to buy diet books, they hide behind their computers and secretly buy fat books in the night.
Been there, done that. It’s true. The Secret Life of An Addict.
I will go anywhere in public to buy my addiction candy – any street corner, any gas station, any fancy candy shoppe, under any bridge. But my rehab book, I will only buy in secret. Not proudly, like those cigarette smokers with the “I’m quitting today” stickers proudly discussing their intent with the cashiers. Furtively. So no one will know. That I want to try again. And I might fail.
So now I’m outed again by a bookstore. That wont carry my fat book in person. But will gladly carry it on the internet for fat shoppers who don’t want anyone to know they are thinking of quitting candy. Not only am I a secret eater, I’m a secret shopper too!
My first reaction was embarrassment. What will I say when people ask when is your book going to be in the store? Some vague non-committal answer. THE SAME FEELING I’VE HAD WHEN I GAINED WEIGHT BACK AFTER PUBLICLY LOSING IT. I’ve failed again.
So here’s what I did. I told the world. I told Facebook, and I told Twitter and now I’m telling you. Fat people don’t shop for diet books in public. They diet in secret. And the bookstores know it.
It is not your fault if you have an addiction. You are not weak or lazy or slovenly. You are human. And I hope if you reach for my book in the middle of the night from the sanctuary of your computer, that it reaches your authentic self. From my heart to yours.