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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.


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.

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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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