Hunger: A Memoir Of (my) Body by Roxane GayHunger: A Memoir Of (my) Body by Roxane Gay

Hunger: A Memoir Of (my) Body

byRoxane Gay

Paperback | June 13, 2017

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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.  


Roxane Gay is the author of the nonfiction Bad Feminist, which was a New York Times bestseller; the novel An Untamed State, a finalist for the Dayton Peace Prize; and the story collection Ayiti. An opinion contributor to the New York Times, she has also written for Time, McSweeney’s, the Virginia Quarterly Review, the Los Angeles Times...
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Title:Hunger: A Memoir Of (my) BodyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.8 inPublished:June 13, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Customer Reviews of Hunger: A Memoir Of (my) Body


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Roxane always deliver it real and raw.
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good a very interesting read. all the elements are spot on
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing! This is the second of Roxane Gay's books I have read and once again I am moved. Her vulnerability in this memoir is absolutely amazing. You are literally reading about her struggles, past, present and future. There is solidarity here. I love her writing style and personal honesty. You can legitimately tell she was working out a lot of her struggles by writing this book and it gave me strength to start working on mine. I appreciate that so much and wish her all the best!
Date published: 2017-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Read! A powerful memoir about the ongoing impacts of trauma by one of our sharpest cultural critics. Roxanne Gay is a poignant writer with an important story to tell.
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A memoire like no other Roxane Gay's brilliant memoir Hunger is another example of how her writing radiates honesty, makes you feel uncomfortable, sad and hopeful. It is an amazing read.
Date published: 2017-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Stirring Memoir I took a deep breath in, exhaled, closed the bound manuscript I had read, held it for a second and then handed it to my coworker. "I haven't felt this much about something in a long time. How am I supposed to write about this?! Roxane has Goodreads! I need the right words." And he said "It stirred you." And that is perfect. It stirred me. I don't know if I've ever read something so honest, so raw. Roxane doesn't shy away from how difficult this was for her to write, and it shows. She urges herself to continue, even within the pages. I feel incredibly moved, and know my vocabulary isn't extensive enough to put those feelings into the perfect sentence, but I was stirred. I think you will be too.
Date published: 2017-06-13

Editorial Reviews

“[Gay is] hilarious. But she also confronts more difficult issues of race, sexual assault, body image, and the immigrant experience. She makes herself vulnerable and it’s refreshing.”