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Hunger : A Memoir of (My) Body - Roxane GAY


A Memoir of (My) Body

Paperback Published: 15th June 2017
ISBN: 9781472151117
Number Of Pages: 288

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'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.




although not dealing with every reason for 'hunger', it was explained well to understand her own progress and growth to improving self-esteem...pity our society is so derogatory of difference.



Incredible and important


An incredible and powerful read, amazingly written by extremely talented and devastatingly brilliant Roxane Gay

Canberra, Australia



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Roxane is a powerhouse of a writer - Lena Dunham

In 88 short, lucid chapters, Gay powerfully takes readers through realities that pain her, vex her, guide her, and inform her work. The result is a generous and empathic consideration of what it's like to be someone else: in itself something of a miracle. - Booklist, starred review

It turns out that when a wrenching past is confronted with wisdom and bravery, the outcome can be compassion and enlightenment - both for the reader who has lived through this kind of unimaginable pain, and for the reader who knows nothing of it. Roxane Gay shows us how to be decent to ourselves, and decent to one another. HUNGER is an amazing achievement in more ways than I can count. - Ann Patchett

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

One of the most eagerly anticipated books of the year . . . it's "not a weight-loss memoir" - but it's actually something far more inspirational than that . . . the tender beauty of this memoir - testament to her bravery and resilience - has much to teach us about kindness and compassion. - Independent

Hunger is genuinely inspiring in a way only nuance can be. - Canberra Times, Sydney Morning Herald, Saturday Age

This is a poignant insight into the life of feminist Roxane Gay. Vulnerable yet powerful, it looks at what it means to take care of yourself and love your body in a time when the bigger you are, the smaller your world becomes. - MiNDFOOD

Gay's memoir left me reeling. In it, she writes poignantly, honestly and beautifully about unruly bodies and sexual assault, and examines what it means to accept yourself when your body has been deemed unacceptable - Elle Australia

ISBN: 9781472151117
ISBN-10: 1472151119
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 15th June 2017
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 16.0  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1

Roxane Gay

About the Author

Roxane Gay’s writing appears in Best American Mystery Stories 2014, Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, A Public Space, McSweeney’s, Tin House, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, Virginia Quarterly Review, and many others. She is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times. She is the author of the books Ayiti, An Untamed State, the New York Times bestselling Bad Feminist, and Difficult Women and Hunger forthcoming in 2017. She is also the author of World of Wakanda for Marvel.

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