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Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body (Hardcover)

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I am having a hard time finding the words to describe how I feel about this book. I keep going back to how visceral Gay's writing is. She puts her heart and soul out there, leaves herself vulnerable to our eyes, yet pulls no punches. She has a gift for language and it shows in this memoir. My hope is when people read this, they come to understand how poorly our society treats people who don't fit in a plane seat or in a size 2 dress and take a look at their own behavior. I know I did.

— Karena

From the first pages of this highly anticipated memoir, Roxane Gay (Bad Feminist) takes readers on an emotional journey. Searching through photo albums for clues, Gay traces her very happy childhood to where she is now: struggling “to love or at least tolerate this body in a world that displays nothing but contempt for it.” After having been raped, she filled the void and protected herself by eating and eating “in the hopes that if I made myself big, my body would be safe.” Self-conscious, in pain, and trapped in her body, Gay takes on what it means to truly take care of yourself, all while facing the unrelenting judgment of society. Breathtakingly honest and brave, Hunger will not leave you unchanged.

— S.B.

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New York Times bestseller

National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

Lambda Literary Award winner

A best book of 2017: Time  NPR  People  Elle  The Washington Post  The Los Angeles Times  The Chicago Tribune  Newsday  St. Louis Post-Dispatch  PopSugar  BookRiot  Library Journal  Booklist  Kirkus Reviews  Shelf Awareness  

New York Times bestselling author Roxane Gay has written with intimacy and sensitivity about food and bodies, 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 casts an insightful and critical eye on her childhood, teens, and twenties—including the devastating act of violence that acted as a turning point in her young life—and brings readers into the present and the realities, pains, and joys of her daily life.

With the bracing candor, vulnerability, and authority that have made her one of the most admired voices of her generation, Roxane explores what it means to be overweight in a time when the bigger you are, the less you are seen. Hunger is a deeply personal memoir from one of our finest writers, and tells a story that hasn’t yet been told but needs to be.  

Praise For…


“A work of staggering honesty . . . . Poignantly told.”

“The book’s short, sharp chapters come alive in vivid personal anecdotes. . . . And on nearly every page, Gay’s raw, powerful prose plants a flag, facing down decades of shame and self-loathing by reclaiming the body she never should have had to lose.”

“Bracingly vivid. . . . Remarkable. . . . Undestroyed, unruly, unfettered, Ms. Gay, live your life. We are all better for having you do so in the same ferociously honest fashion that you have written this book.”

“Searing, smart, readable. . . . “Hunger,” like Ta-Nehisi Coates’ “Between the World and Me,” interrogates the fortunes of black bodies in public spaces. . . .  Nothing seems gratuitous; a lot seems brave. There is an incantatory element of repetition to “Hunger”: The very short chapters scallop over the reader like waves.”

“Luminous. . . . intellectually rigorous and deeply moving.”

“Her spare prose, written with a raw grace, heightens the emotional resonance of her story, making each observation sharper, each revelation more riveting. . . . It is a thing of raw beauty.”

“Powerful. . . . fierce. . . . Gay has a vivid, telegraphic writing style, which serves her well. Repetitive and recursive, it propels the reader forward with unstoppable force.”

“This is the book to read this summer . . . she’s such a compelling mind . . . . Anyone who has a body should read this book.”

Hunger is Gay at her most lacerating and probing. . . . Anyone familiar with
Gay’s books or tweets knows she also wields a dagger-sharp wit.”


“Wrenching, deeply moving. . . a memoir that’s so brave, so raw, it feels as if [Gay]’s entrusting you with her soul.”

“It is a deeply honest witness, often heartbreaking, and always breathtaking. . . . Gay is one of our most vital essayists and critics.”

“Searing.”

“This raw and graceful memoir digs deeply into what it means to be comfortable in one’s body. Gay denies that hers is a story of “triumph,” but readers will be hard pressed to find a better word.”

“A heart-rending debut memoir from the outspoken feminist and essayist. . . . An intense, unsparingly honest portrait of childhood crisis and its enduring aftermath.”

“Displays bravery, resilience, and naked honesty from the first to last page. . . . Stunning . . . essential reading.”

“A work of exceptional courage by a writer of exceptional talent.”

Praise for Bad Feminist:“A strikingly fresh cultural critic.”

“Roxane Gay is the brilliant girl-next-door: your best friend and your sharpest critic. . . . She is by turns provocative, chilling, hilarious; she is also required reading.”

“[Gay is] hilarious. But she also confronts more difficult issues of race, sexual assault, body image, and the immigrant experience. She makes herself vulnerable and it’s refreshing.”


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Product Details
ISBN: 9780062362599
ISBN-10: 0062362593
Publisher: Harper
Publication Date: June 13th, 2017
Pages: 320
Language: English

 

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