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Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body - Roxane Gay
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body
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From the New York Times best-selling author of Bad Feminist, a searingly honest memoir of food, weight, self-image, and learning how to feed your hunger while taking care of yourself. "I ate and ate and ate in the hopes that if I made myself big, my body would be safe. I buried the girl I was... show more
From the New York Times best-selling author of Bad Feminist, a searingly honest memoir of food, weight, self-image, and learning how to feed your hunger while taking care of yourself.
"I ate and ate and ate in the hopes that if I made myself big, my body would be safe. I buried the girl I was because she ran into all kinds of trouble. I tried to erase every memory of her, but she is still there, somewhere.... I was trapped in my body, one that I barely recognized or understood, but at least I was safe."
In her phenomenally popular essays and long-running Tumblr blog, Roxane Gay has written with intimacy and sensitivity about food and body, using her own emotional and psychological struggles as a means of exploring our shared anxieties over pleasure, consumption, appearance, and health. As a woman who describes her own body as "wildly undisciplined", Roxane understands the tension between desire and denial, between self-comfort and self-care. In Hunger, she explores her past - including the devastating act of violence that acted as a turning point in her young life - and brings listeners along on her journey to understand and ultimately save herself.
With the bracing candor, vulnerability, and power that have made her one of the most admired writers of her generation, Roxane explores what it means to learn to take care of yourself: how to feed your hungers for delicious and satisfying food, a smaller and safer body, and a body that can love and be loved - in a time when the bigger you are, the smaller your world becomes.
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Format: Audible Audio Edition
ASIN: B01DMXFK6A
Publisher: Harper Audio
Edition language: English
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"So it goes."
"So it goes." rated it
4.0 Hunger -- honesty on a platter
This is embarrassing. I started reading this and immediately knew the first story, which is a good clue I've read it before. I continued knowing the stories all the way through. In fact I'm pretty sure this book is where I first learned of Blue Apron(tm). I don't keep a good list usually (though I'm...
bookjunkie57
bookjunkie57 rated it
4.0 Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body
I Picked Up This Book Because: I saw some buzz about the book and decided to pick it up. The Story: Roxane’s story cannot be neatly summed up in a few words of a review. Her tale is deeply personal. There is tragedy and self depreciation. There are realizations that most wouldn’t want to admit to ...
Booky
Booky rated it
0.0 Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body
This one goes on my "doesn't feel right to rate" shelf. If I were to rate this memoir, which chronicles Gay's sexual assault and subsequent weight gain, it would almost feel like I would be rating her experience or her body in some way.Writing-wise, however, I wish that this memoir was condensed sub...
Blah, Blah, Blah, Book Blog
Blah, Blah, Blah, Book Blog rated it
4.0 Hunger
This book is heartbreaking, soul-baring, and gut-wrenching, but even through all of that, there is the tiniest spec of cautious hope, which I found amazing. Roxane Gay's story is not easy to read, but you need to read it. I was devastated, and shamed, and called out for my ignorance, thoughtless com...
Merle
Merle rated it
4.0 Hunger by Roxane Gay
I read this book shortly after Sherman Alexie’s You Don't Have to Say You Love Me, and the two have a lot in common. Like Alexie’s book, this one is emotionally raw and intense, and deals with very personal subjects; it is full of the author’s feelings about her life, but not quite the story of her ...
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