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Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body
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Harper
Pub Date: 2017
ISBN: 9780062362599
Roxane Gay
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body
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Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body

by Roxane Gay

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."

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.

"And then this book. In some ways, it is about what it is like to be greatly overweight. It is also about why Gay used fat to insulate herself from further harm after a sickening betrayal by her childhood boyfriend. He lured her to a hunting shack where his friends were waiting. She was gang-raped at 12. Sensitive, intellectual, deeply loving, soulful, possessed of great gifts of articulation, she embarked after the rape upon a life of hunger. This book is like an undertow. You are swimming in the life of another person, and suddenly you find that she has written about part of you that you cannot acknowledge. You don't even know why you can't stop reading, why this book afflicts you, like it's author, with a kind of hunger. I started the book late one afternoon and by night I reached a certain page, a section, and my heart began to madly pound. It was near the end. I put the book down and paced my house, sobbing, until I could finish the book. Just telling you it is that sort of book. In it you may find a hidden side of yourself suddenly reflected by an author who is an avatar of female truth." ~ Louise

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