Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body

by Roxane Gay

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From the New York Times bestselling 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 readers 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062362605
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/13/2017
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 62,690
File size: 910 KB

About the Author

Roxane Gay is the author of the essay collection Bad Feminist, which was a New York Times bestseller; the novel An Untamed State, a finalist for the Dayton Peace Prize; and the short story collections Difficult Women and Ayiti. A contributing opinion writer to the New York Times, she has also written for Time, McSweeney’s, the Virginia Quarterly Review, the Los Angeles Times, The Nation, The Rumpus, Bookforum, and Salon. Her fiction has also been selected for The Best American Short Stories 2012, The Best American Mystery Stories 2014, and other anthologies. She is the author of World of Wakanda for Marvel. She lives in Lafayette, Indiana, and sometimes Los Angeles.

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Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a woman who has battled with her weight since I was a child, I needed this book and have been up reading it since it became available. This is the book that I wished somebody would have written when I was 15 and struggling as Gay states to deal with a world where as you get bigger, the world gets smaller. I wish I read it at 20, when I was the fat friend in college. In this book, I feel as if the author is entrusting me with her deepest darkest secrets. This is the book I only wish that I could have been brave enough to write, but I am happy that somebody did. Until recently, I always wanted to believe that I was a skinny girl trapped in a fat girl's body, like at some point, I swallowed her. Until recently, thanks to a little book called the Hungry Chick Dieting Solution, which taught me how to eat better to live better and focus on being healthy, I was so consumed by my weight. Now this book is with each page making me feel that I really am not alone. I am not even done yet, but I highly recommend this book. If I could ever meet Roxanne Gay, I would give her a hug and simply say thank you for her bravery to overcome a painful childhood and having the courage to write this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Deeply unsettling and painfully relateable. You dont have to experience the trauma of rape to understand what its like to be broken and lost and this author captures that beautifully. Its a heavy read that leaves you hopeful simply because she let you in. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A difficult heart-felt revelation on so many levels. Curious that Michael Jameson with Vanguard has pled guilty for possession of child pornography (ref. An Untamed State). Any connection? Either way, the culprit in your life's story deserves to be exposed!
TiBookChatter More than 1 year ago
Gay’s story touches on so many things. Although the title is called Hunger, it’s about insecurities, fear, doubt, and most of all identity. This book fell into my hands at the library and although it’s a memoir, my least fave thing to read besides romance, I decided to read a few pages to see if I would like it and the next time I put it down was when I finished it. At a very young age, Roxane Gay was gang-raped by a group of boys and it affected her for years to come. When I say affected, I mean that it completely transformed who she thought she was which directly impacted how she felt about her body. Her body grew as she continued to feed it. This feeding, her weak attempt at burying herself and making herself invisible caused other problems, of course. This was a powerful read and very well-done. It gave me a lot to think about and yes, anyone who has struggled with weight, myself included, will certainly identify with what Gay speaks of but it’s so much more. Even if you are not a fan of memoir, pick it up because it’s very, very good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!! I can relate to some of it, makes you think of things you forgot that bothered you
357800 More than 1 year ago
"Something Terrible happened" Whew! Roxane Gay gives it up and lays it all out there baring body and soul to the world in HUNGER. She writes about the unspeakable horror that broke her young body and mind at age 12 and reveals the struggles of a 400+ weight challenged woman in our society...the limitations...the stares...the shame...and the constant battle of trying to lose hundreds of pounds. She also reveals facts about health issues, personal relationships and difficulty in purchasing clothes beyond the sizes offered by even a Lane Bryant...and then....there's always those horrific haunted memories of what she endured. Roxane Gay is a talented writer with a loving, supportive family. She often writes about sexual violence as in AN UNTAMED first experience reading Gay's excellent read, and now I understand why she chooses such disturbing subjects. As for HUNGER, while redundant in the telling, it is a very brave and emotionally raw offering that "demands to be told and deserves to be heard". It is about recognition of those who don't fit the mold and acceptance of same. It's about coming to terms with her ordeal. Gay writes, "Mine is not a success story. Mine is simply a true story." One final note: I do hope HE and HIS cohorts read this powerful story and have the backbone to finally come forward and apologize for their despicable actions. Perhaps that would ease Ms. Gay's struggle.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am recommending this to lots of friends, with the warning they will spend a lot of time thinking about it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a difficult book to read and to out down. Dr' Gay offers an unflinching look at the intersection where sexual trauma and body meet. Her's is a first-person account of how we can sometimes store the pain of assault in our bodies, altering the very terrain of them. Her searing and sometimes uncomfortable for the reader story reflects on the "terrible" thing that happened to her. This horrible event and its long-term ramifications while sometimes difficult to read about are stories that need to be heard. This is of even more relevance today as #metoo and the conversation around sexual assault have become more open. So many women have stories to tell. Roxane Gay's Hunger is a story of painful history well and honestly told. It and she are important
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't like this book. Or I did. This book is very repetitive, this book is very repetitive, this book is......and its only 240 pages long. How many times can you say the same thing? Very boring.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed Bad Feminist and while I am aware that this is a memoir, it left me feeling underwhelmed. Gay’s prose is generally insightful, thoughtful and provocative. However this was vague, repetitive and at times superficial. There were so many details that were left out while included tidbits seemed inconsequential to the narrative.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
That maybe it is a chaper book