Roxane Gay
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body
September 16, 2019 Comments.. 895
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body Roxane Gay From the 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 tFrom the 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 own 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.. Hunger A Memoir of My Body From the 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
  • Title: Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body
  • Author: Roxane Gay
  • ISBN: 9780062362599
  • Page: 169
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. Emily May says:

      People see bodies like mine and make their assumptions They think they know the why of my body They do not This is not a story of triumph, but this is a story that demands to be told and deserves to be heard.How do I even begin If I could give this book a hundred stars, I would And no, not just because it is important and it is heartbreaking which it is both but because Gay is one of the best writers I ve ever known The difficulty was deciding how to use quotes without quoting the whole damn boo [...]

    2. Roxane says:

      I haven t written this yet but it will be okay Food is delicious UPDATE I have created a Word File entitled Hunger_Book I have copied and pasted many Tumblr entries into this file along with some ideas as to how to give the book shape Food is still delicious UPDATE 2 This book is still in progress so your low ratings are funny Is this a motivational tool It s working.

    3. Elyse says:

      Beautifully written.Tender, poignant and courageous.Heartfelt, heartbreaking and brave.Clearly, Roxanne s book deals with a dark, difficult and important subject I can t imagine anyone suited to explore what it means to be overweight in a time when the bigger you are, the less you are seen Hunger is a story that needed to be written Roxane Gay says writing this book is the most difficult thing I ve ever done Too lay myself so vulnerable has not been an easy thing To face myself and what living [...]

    4. Debbie says:

      Really torn about this one On the one hand, this is an amazingly honest account of Roxane Gay s life with an unruly body, as she calls it, which developed after she was gang raped at 12 She ate and ate so that she could get big enough to build a fortress around herself.On the other hand, the book fell short for me It was repetitive, for one, although I do think some of the repetition was purposeful a stylistic choice The language, to me, was dull Plus there was nothing new on the subject of obes [...]

    5. Jaidee says:

      I cannot jump on the bandwagon of this being a wonderful and empowering book.Sorry folks but as Ms Gay continues to blame the world for her unhappiness there is just no chance for peace I wish her the very best but I would not recommend this to anybody.

    6. Esil says:

      Listening to Roxanne Gay read her memoir, Hunger, was like listening to a close friend divulging some of her most painful and intimate memories, thoughts and feelings if that friend also happened to be a wickedly good writer It was uncomfortable, heartbreaking and awe inspiring I ve read other excellent books by women who talk about their own and society s reactions to their large bodies, but Hunger is in its own class so smart and real and infinitely nuanced I can t think of anything to say ab [...]

    7. Jenny (Reading Envy) says:

      The thing I always admire about Roxane Gay s writing, even when it makes me uncomfortable, is her ability to tackle issues head on, with unflinching honesty She may have hesitated, but you never see it on the page.This very open memoir about hunger and size is powerful This is Roxane Gay s experience, laid bare I can t imagine what it took for her to get all of these thoughts on the page There is a bit of repetition or overlap between the tiny chapters, but this is reflective of the daily life o [...]

    8. Whitney Atkinson says:

      I want to give this a million stars I want to buy every one of you reading this a copy WOW Rape, anorexia bulimia, fatphobiaThis doesn t speak exactly to my experiences and I wouldn t expect it to because Roxane and I have very different experiences and personalities but regardless, this is the most validating book I ve read to date about being fat It might be the only book I ve read about being heavy that confirms that I can be happy with myself just for me, not only when a guy loves me or if I [...]

    9. Hannah says:

      This is the memoir I will compare all other memoirs against Roxane Gay has written one hell of a perfect book If I hadn t been a fan before, I would for sure be one now Not only is this an honest, unflinching look at herself and her life and her choices, it is also stylistically beautiful in a way most books fiction or non fiction never achieve.Roxane Gay tells, quite literally, the story of her body She is completely and brutally honest in her approach and does not mince her words when describi [...]

    10. Thomas says:

      I finished Hunger five hours ago and still feel such overwhelming gratitude for Roxane Gay s writing this memoir is my favorite 2017 read by far and one of those rare works that makes me so thankful for my ability to read at all Hunger focuses on Gay s fatness, how being fat has affected her life in so many negative and unfair ways, and the rape she experienced as a twelve year old that precipitated her weight gain She has an enormous talent for confronting complex, ugly truths in her writing an [...]

    11. Jessica says:

      Update I had to share Roxane s interview on the Daily Show, because it s amazing Holy shit, Roxane Gay has written one hell of a memoir This book is powerful on about forty seven different levels and I really think that it ought to be required reading for anyone interested in feminism and the body positive movement But also, just anyone who wants to read good writing because holy shit, Roxane Gay How do you write like this It s kind of unfair This book was originally announced as a 2016 summer r [...]

    12. Erin says:

      Roxane Gay is a National treasure Hunger by Roxane Gay is raw, gritty, honest, heartbreaking, powerful, and beautiful I can t say enough amazing things about Roxane Gay and her important words Hunger explores the lasting effects trauma has had on Roxane s life At 12 years old she was brutally gang raped by a boy she had a crush on and his friends She kept this awful secret for thirty years, blaming herself as so many survivors of rape do She gained weight in order to shield herself and make hers [...]

    13. Elise (TheBookishActress) says:

      I do not want pity or appreciation or advice I am not brave or heroic I am not strong I am not special I am one woman who has experienced something countless women have experienced I am a victim who survived This is one of the most powerful memoirs I have ever read I ve realized that Roxane Gay is, while not my style as a fiction author, a fantastic author of nonfiction Her stories are so emotive, so well conveyed, so horrifying and so real And most of all, so incredibly well written The writing [...]

    14. Sam says:

      Roxane Gay, thank you.Unflinching honesty, ugly and beautiful truth Reading Roxane Gay s memoir Hunger is at once a difficult, intimate endeavor, but the sheer power of Gay s blunt, unsparingly honest prose made this a single sitting read for me, gobsmacked by her willingness to reveal the depths of her pain, her rage, her hope, her insecurities, her jealousy, and her hunger for so many things in this world, some attainable and some tantalizingly out of reach due to physical, cultural, societal, [...]

    15. Wendy says:

      I am of two minds about this book.Firstly, Roxanne Gay s suffering is unimaginable Reading this was hard, hard to read someone s account of their living hell and building a body as a cage because life is so dangerous and cruel And it is She s right about that What Roxanne experienced, her brutal gang rape, traumatised her, brutalised her, and got her fixated on her BODY I have deep compassion for her.The book was also illuminating in its exploration of culture s cruelty, prejudice, and rhetoric [...]

    16. Helene Jeppesen says:

      I don t really know what I was expecting from this memoir, but I certainly wasn t expecting one long rant about how horrible it is being fat and how everyone and everything is against you I get that it must be horrible to live with a huge body and I emphatize with that However, I don t get why Roxane Gay feels like she needs to talk down everybody and everything around her just because they aren t fat skinny people going to the gym, doctors, chairs that are too small A lot of the times, this mem [...]

    17. Carol says:

      Something Terrible Happened Whew Roxane Gay gives it up and lays it all out there baring body and soul to the world in HUNGER.She writes about the unspeakable horror that broke her young body and mind at age 12 and reveals the struggles of a 400 weight challenged woman in our societye limitationse starese shamed the constant battle of trying to lose hundreds of pounds.She also reveals facts about health issues, personal relationships and difficulty in purchasing clothes beyond the sizes offered [...]

    18. Jessica Woodbury says:

      It does not happen very often that you read a memoir that makes you rethink what memoir is for and what it can do, but when it does it is a very special experience HUNGER is that kind of memoir Gay wants her readers to understand not just who she is and what her experience in the world has been She wants them to know what it is like to exist in her body I am a woman, so of course my experience thinking about my body and what others see and how I am treated because of it is going to be significan [...]

    19. maggie says:

      A nuanced cultural understanding of gender did not exist then girls were pink and boys were blue and that was that Trigger Warning The book and this review mention rape and obesity.Hunger by Roxane Gay is powerful and heartbreaking, but it s also honest but bold It gives us a raw image of what Roxane went through From her tomboyish looks growing up to her rape, to her obesity, to her struggles of life as she tried fixing this problem she made herself Roxane is a literary character that is real H [...]

    20. Vanessa says:

      Part self loathing part empowering account of a woman dealing and living with her life long weight demons She recounts so many of the indignities that befall her as a larger person in today s society It s both incredibly uncomfortable and comforting to hear someone else describe trauma and pain so acutely It makes your own pain and troubles feel not so isolating I found some of the stories here so brutally honest and feel so ashamed at humanity The cruelty, the indignity she suffered due to igno [...]

    21. Diane says:

      This book gutted me It is raw and emotional, and Roxane is so honest about her suffering that I wish I could give her a hug Except she says she doesn t like hugs, so instead I ll try to virtually comfort her with this book review Hunger is called a memoir of her body, and Roxane describes what it s like to move through the world as a obese person She also explains why she became so big, and it s linked to a brutal assault she experienced when she was 12 You see, Roxane was gang raped by boys she [...]

    22. paulie says:

      hunger a memoir of my body displays the upper third of a fork on the cover its roots are just visible, slightly out of focus, its gradient tines casting a shadow over the word hunger in the title with this perspective, we see tiny rays of light between the tine s shadows, little glimpses of light within that hunger.i now see this within this image a symbolic precursor to what was ahead in ms gay s personal account the reader is provided with small parts of her roots her family, her horror in the [...]

    23. Book Riot Community says:

      Written in six parts and 88 chapters that read like vignettes, Hunger is not a conventional memoir The book s subtitle, A Memoir of My Body, conveys the real subject After being gang raped in a cabin in the woods when she was only twelve, Gay turned to food because her body Needed to be a safe harbor rather than a small, weak vessel that betrayed me Gay shares her observations about being a woman of a size in a world that is not built for, or has any tolerance of, large bodies Hunger gave me not [...]

    24. Jennifer says:

      This is a memoir of my body because, often than not, stories of bodies like mine are ignored or dismissed or derided People see bodies like mine and make their assumptions They think they know the why of my body They do not Damn this is some raw stuff here Roxane Gay s honesty about very real issues both internal and external will surely open up validation, empathy, perspective, and a line of communication for others The human condition is complex enough but it can turn into quite the web when [...]

    25. Mariah says:

      I have been wanting to read this book for a while, so I am really glad I finally got it off my to read.This book was fantastic 4.5 Stars I really enjoyed the author s personal stories and how open and honest she was in this book She shared her own emotional and psychological struggles of being an obese women She shared her anxieties over pleasure, consumption, appearance, and health She shares her heartbreaking violent past and how it affected her life to take control of the only thing she felt [...]

    26. Didi says:

      According to my electronic dictionary, hunger means a feeling of discomfort or weakness caused by lack of food, coupled with the desire to eat or a strong desire or craving I must say that Roxane Gay s memoir Hunger A Memoir of My Body was named appropriately browngirlreading 2017 08

    27. Ammar says:

      raw to the bonesincerefrustratingshockingand full of pain

    28. Bam says:

      3.5 stars rounded up Something terrible happened Roxane Gay is a very fine writer and this memoir about living in her extremely overweight body is exceedingly honestd oh so depressing Roxane was gang raped by her young boyfriend and his buddies when she was twelve and she never told anyone, not even her very loving and supportive family After that, she started down a path of self destruction, gaining incredible amounts of weight, and believing she wasn t worthy of being treated well or being lov [...]

    29. Maria says:

      This book was fine Interesting Readable At times poignant But I am disappointed because I thought I was going to read something spectacular and brilliant something that would make me look at the world and the people around me differently I think I got this idea from the episode of This American Life that featured some of the material that later went into this book I found that episode fascinating, but unfortunately, I didn t find that this book went much deeper than the radio show did Also, and [...]

    30. Aya Hamza says:

      This is a memoir of my body because, often than not, stories of bodies like mine are ignored or dismissed or derided People see bodies like mine and make their assumptions They think they know the why of my body They do not Listened to the audiobook, read by Roxane Gay herselfIGGER WARNING Rape and eating disorders.2.5 stars.I was hesitant to write this review, because everyone loved this book, and I thought I would but I didn t like it as much Parts of this book made me angry.First, I have to [...]

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