Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body (Hardcover)

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"I know that hunger is in the mind and the body and the heart and the soul," writes novelist and essayist Roxane Gay in her powerful memoir. Isolated, bullied at her suburban school, and raped by a friend, she was silent about her traumatic experiences for years, growing ever taller, larger, and disconnected from other people. Her moving account of reawakening to love and learning self-care is also one of endurance, both of the daily cruelties she experiences as a fat woman and the aftereffects of the assault. She writes with candor and eloquence, leaving us questioning our complicity in keeping these silences intact. -Karen

— From Summer Booknotes 2017


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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.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9780062362599
ISBN-10: 0062362593
Publisher: Harper
Publication Date: June 13th, 2017
Pages: 320
Language: English