Hunger : A Memoir of My Body

Hunger : A Memoir of My Body

Downloadable Audiobook - 2017
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The author recounts her struggle with the psychological impact of rape and coming to terms with her body image.

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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.



Publisher: Harpercollins,, 2017
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780062470256
0062470256
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Baker & Taylor Axis 360
Alternative Title: Axis 360 eBooks

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TheresaAJ
Jul 25, 2017

In her most honest writing yet, Gay explores the intersection of women's bodies, food, and psychological pain in contemporary American culture. As she navigates a hate-filled world with a larger body, she describes (often in painful tones) the many indignities and injustices that she receives from others and herself. From family to friends to strangers, Gay is adept at uncovering the true meanings from others' body language, guarded looks, and "honeyed" words. Written in short chapters, the last sentence is often a strong, memorable punch line to the preceding paragraphs and vignettes. I listened to the audio version where Gay disproves my theory that authors should not read their own works. Her voice range is impressive which makes it interesting for the reader.

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