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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
“I know that hunger is in the mind and the body and the heart and the soul,” writes Roxane Gay. Her raw, impactful memoir grapples with her experience of sexual violence and the indelible imprints of that violation on her being. Gay’s courage lies in her willingness to examine the aftershocks of trauma close up, but her talent as a writer is observing it in a way that reveals powerful emotional truths. Hunger is a great read that brilliantly exposes prominent cultural attitudes about women’s bodies.
The right side of the story
Whenever you pick up a memoir about obesity, you assume at the end the person is all triumphant and has lost x amount of weight. This story transcends that social stereotype and offers a brutally honest representation of what living as a super morbidly obese person feels like. This is what a memoir is truly about. It is different from shows you see in TV because it deals with past trauma and social contexts. It is focused on Roxane Gay (obviously), an extremely talented and prolific writer, so it is not the most relatable story, but a very necessary one. To understand someone is to better know how to understand the world we live in.
Absolutely what I needed.
This book has been a wonderfully written explanation of how Roxane Gay navigated (navigates) life. She writes things that many think, or that many feel like they may be alone in thinking. It's so uplifting and wonderful to not feel alone, and to know that it's okay. Hunger is the first of its kind as it dishes brutal realities and breakdowns, and I recommend it to anyone and everyone. I'll be re reading it for years to come.
The writing in this memoir is so authentic and unique. I'm forever changed having read it. #girlpower