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Hunger: A Memoir Of (my) Body

byRoxane Gay

Paperback | June 13, 2017

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New York Times bestseller

National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

Lambda Literary Award winner

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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...
Title:Hunger: A Memoir Of (my) BodyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.8 inPublished:June 13, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062569716

ISBN - 13:9780062569714


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This was definitely the type of book that you cannot put down once you start reading it. She talks about many issues which can be eye openers for some people. I would definitely recommend this book to read!
Date published: 2018-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Read Gay's writing is so breathtaking. Her prose is so easy to read, but stays with you for days and days. It is remarkable how she can write from a very personal place yet her work is incredibly relatable for a wide variety of readers. A must read.
Date published: 2018-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Deeply Affecting I found this collection of essays immensely relatable, almost uncomfortably so at times. But what I find remarkable about Roxane Gay is that she is able to write from such a personal place about experiences that are uniquely hers while still allowing me as a reader to understand my own experiences better through her writing. She's an incredible writer and thinker. I was fortunate enough to listen to her speak about Hunger and it just reinforced how important I feel this collection is. Please get this and Bad Feminist, sit down with some tea or coffee or whatever your poison is, and have a good think about life and empathy. We all need to do more of that. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well worth it Dr. Gay is an exceptional writer. Honest and true story of her life. Love everything she's ever written.
Date published: 2018-05-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from hate this book she blames all her mistakes on rape, I don't even see her as a writer, she was lucky she had a family who supported her with all her faults.
Date published: 2018-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from compelling i absolutely enjoyed reading this memoir. roxane has such depth and is a beautiful writer!
Date published: 2018-04-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Missed opportunity but showed true Vulnerability I really enjoyed Roxane Gay's book 'Bad Feminist', I enjoyed her perspective on so much of it, in this book it was different. It was less perspective and more 'this is what I think so this is what it is". I love her strong opinions and so much of the content of this book is just pure vulnerability. Mental health was not at all represented in this book the way it should have been. She's recognized that she still has demons to fight and that's great but with the platform that she has I felt the opportunity for it to be addressed head on and the opportunity was absolutely missed.
Date published: 2018-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful, honest, brave Roxane depicts a perfect, detailed picture of what it's like to see the world through her lens. It's inspiring and well-written. I'm very encouraged now to read her other book
Date published: 2018-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from completely gripping There are no frills in Gay's writing, She writes plainly and simply, not hiding the pain. This is a very compelling book.
Date published: 2018-02-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Valuable Read Power, honest and raw! I learned a great deal about my own perspectives while reading this book and found my eyes were opened in a new way. Worth the read!
Date published: 2018-01-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Compelling & honest I enjoyed this book. Gay writes with honesty, and I felt her pain. She describes what it is like to move through this world in a fat body--both emotional and physically.
Date published: 2018-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So, so good This book really helped me come to terms with how I think about my body and move among the world. It's a truly great read.
Date published: 2017-12-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Will break and mend your heart at the same time This book was beautifully written - especially for such a raw and honestly ugly experience that I believe most women go through to some extent. Incredibly moving and relatable. I would recommend reading it while holed up at home with a warm tea or a glass of wine and a box of tissues nearby for when the inevitable line will strike a chord with something you have felt at one point in your life - whether in relation to being a family disappointment (real or perceived) or to feeling like a stranger in your own skin from time to time.
Date published: 2017-12-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful, raw and moving memoir from powerful writer This is a raw memoir that effectively tears out your heart and stamps on it - in the beautifully haunting way that Roxane Gay seems to excel at. It is so personal in a way that even memoirs rarely are and I am a bit awed by the bravery of it all. It's like a personal follow up to Bad Feminist (must read) and I hope those who read will use it an inspiration to treat fellow humans with more dignity and humanity. Moving and harsh, great book club pick.
Date published: 2017-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I bought this recently and reviewed for my book club. It was absolutely powerful and emotional. It was a fantastic read and I highly recommend.
Date published: 2017-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Emotional but powerful read I knew what was coming when I started this book, but that didn't make the story any less emotional or impactful. Roxane's incredible honesty about so much of her life and experience was very moving and inspiring to me. It made me reflect on my own relationship to my body, how I view other people, and how to be more aware and attentive of moving in the world.
Date published: 2017-11-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Love the Author This book was very intriguing and was worth the price
Date published: 2017-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Emotional and Raw Memoir Definitely my favourite memoir, written in relatable and emotionally intense language. I found myself in tears most of the time, moved by her toughness and brutal honesty.
Date published: 2017-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! Very exciting! Great book! Very exciting!
Date published: 2017-10-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Such a wonderful addition to any book collection. So beautifully written and inspiring!
Date published: 2017-10-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from a great read a very interesting read. all the elements are spot on
Date published: 2017-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It is a very hard read, but a necessary one This book is so emotionally intense, raw and powerful that I teared up many times while reading it. The truth is so brutal, but also so resonating. Roxane's writing has the ability to make you feel the heartbreak, the struggle, the effort and the hope just like she did when she went through everything in her life. A relatable story about body image, addiction, race, mental health and violence against women is something I wish all my friends and family can read and try to understand.
Date published: 2017-10-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great read i found this a very hard difficult read and had to put it down from time to time, but it was so amazing to follow her on her journey
Date published: 2017-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great, genuine read Although I found this book depressing at times, it was really because it was so relatable. She takes you through a real journey of facing your addictions, accepting yourself and working through your hardships.
Date published: 2017-10-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent I would say that I have probably enjoyed Gay's fiction more than this memoir however, it is still an arresting account of how she moves through the world and the ways in which her body makes decisions for her mind. I can't imagine living in such a way and yet she depicts it so articulately that I feel almost as if I can....? If that makes any sense. Obviously I don't purport to understand her experience but I definitely felt immersed in it and engaged by it.
Date published: 2017-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SO GOOD! Roxane's writing is so accessible, it is so important for public intellectuals to be able to communicate with the general public and causal readers effectively.
Date published: 2017-09-24
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.”