Charles Fleming

The Goomba Diet: Living Large and Loving It

Excerpt:

Are you on The Goomba Diet? Do you need to be? Here are some warning signs:

- You ask the waiter for a doggie bag ... for food off someone else's table.
- Women ask if your breasts are real.
- They put up an OUT OF BUSINESS sign when you leave the smorgasbord.

The goomba is a guy with a big appetite. When he eats, he eats a lot. If he's going out for dinner with friends, he's going to start with a little prosciutto and mozzarella or provolone, or maybe some fried calamari and baked clams, followed by maybe a little minestrone, and after that some shrimp oreganata, then maybe a nice rigatoni a la vodka.
Then he's going to have dinner -- chicken parmigiana, veal milanese, or maybe a steak. If it's a big evening, he might order all three of those. If the restaurant is a long way from where he lives, maybe he stopped for a slice on the way. Maybe he stops for a slice on the way home, too.
Overeaters Anonymous? This is more like Overeaters Unanimous. But this book isn't just about food. This book is designed to help you do everything more -- laugh more, love more, work more, play more and live more.

Selected Works

Non-fiction, biography
The heart-breaking, award-winning National Public Radio story of childhood lobotomy survivor Howard Dully, now grippingly told in book form.
Fiction
Explosive story of 1950s Las Vegas; "Impressive, sure-bet thriller,"
Pre-Castro Cuba catches fire in this sequel to The Ivory Coast.
Nicky Deuce returns with more meatballs and mayhem.
Thrilling young adult adventure story for boys and girls aged 8 to 18.
Non-Fiction
Riveting autobiographical story of the chief who caught the DC snipers
How to live like a guy from the neighborhood ...
How to make amore like a guy from the neighborhood ...
The fast life and ugly death of Hollywood's most notorious film producer
Travel Essay
Ten damp days in Havana