Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body
“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, bu ...more
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 de ...more
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 society....the limitations....the stares....the shame....and the constant battle of trying to lose hundreds of pounds.
She also reveals facts about health issues, personal relationships and difficulty in purchasing clothe...more
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 ...more
“This is a memoir of (my) body because, more 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 herself.
TRIGGER WARNING: Rape and eating disorders.
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 an ...more
“I often say that reading and writing saved my life. I mean that quite literally.”
Gosh, this was book was heartbreaking.
I’m usually not too fond of listening to audiobooks, but memoirs and biographies are the rare exception in which I actually prefer them, especially if the authors themselves are reading their work.
Roxane Gay speaks from her heart in Hunger. Her words are raw, unfiltered, and unflinching. You feel her deep-seated pain, and you feel her struggle to cope with the ab ...more
After finishing the book, I searched out Gay’s recent interview on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. I wanted to hear the tone in her voice as she told her sto ...more
Her thoughts are intimate, engaging, intense and very raw.
I have/do struggle with my body image and self respect, I think everyone does. I think that's normal. The fact that I think that's normal is also frightening. We are all a bit screwed up.
Roxane Gay's emotional reveals are both completely endearing and a wee bit scary.
If you have ever struggled with life, adulting and all the emotions that go with that...
READ THIS. You are n ...more
I really don't have much to say besides go and grab this book to read. This is a painfully honest memoir by Gay. At times I felt like she had mailed me a copy of her diary and said enjoy the read. I wanted to look away at times because it was too much. She tap into the voice that lives in all women to a certain extent telling us we are not good enough time and time again.
If you have read Gay's other works, you may know she was a victim of group rape when she was 12. She goes ...more
Roxanne Gay opened up her soul and bared it for all of us to see.
Her Memoir tells the story of her emotional, physical and psychological struggles which stemmed from her being gang raped at the age of 12. She explores how this violent attack affected how she felt about herself, her body and her worth as a human being. She ate to fill a void that could never be filled. She shared ...more
È un frammento delle pagine conclusive di questo memoir, nel quale Roxane Gay, haitiana statunitense, oggi scrittrice, docente e saggista, ripercorre l’origine della sua obesità, quando un atto di agghiacciante violenza del branco portò una ragazzina appena dodicenne a costruirsi una solida prigione di carne, per proteggers ...more
So I don't have quotes to support this review which is a shame because Gay writes beautifully, honestly and powerfully and her takeaways are both startling and deeply recognizable.
The quote I miss the most went something along the lines of a scen ...more
I deeply admire the courage and hard work it must have taken to produce this work, which glimmers with love and suffering and pa ...more
Premesso. E' un libro coraggioso ed è terribile il racconto e su questo non ci piove e c'è poco da aggiungere. Però. Sono pagine e pagine di ripetizione di un concetto chiarito ed esposto, anche bene, per carità, nelle ...more
I have such mixed feelings about the content, though. What happened to Ms. Gay as a child is horrible, and it’s completely underst ...more
Read this on kindle.
How can you possibly rate & review a book about someone's body? You can't. And because I love Roxane Gay so much & I'm constantly fascinated by her writing, I found myself in an hard place while reading it. This was the raw, unembellished memoir of a body. Roxane's body.
I knew her story before going into this because I've read an essay featured in Bad Feminist but this book was obviously much more than that.
This wasn't something easy to read - or to even ...more
Ela foi violada por um grupo de rapazes numa cabana de uma floresta onde era impossível ser ouvida por mais alguém. Tinha apenas doze anos. Carregou o peso dessa experiência em silêncio, sem contar nada aos pais ou amigos.
Passou a maltratar o ...more
I didn't start out that way; I used to be a stick until I married. Then, in typically Russian style, I ballooned out, and never really managed to stop. As an overweight person, my life is diets, food, nagging from my nearest and dearest, frustration when shopping for clothes, frustration with myself, and guilt, so much guilt.
Maybe the worst part about it is that I still feel like a thin person in a thick person's body; I keep being a bit surprised at things being too sm ...more
“You may learn how to be the life of the party so that people are too busy laughing at or with you to focus on the elephant in the room.”
Not an easy book to read but an important one.
It hurts how accurate it is, especially when Roxane is talking about going to the fitness center, shopping for new clothes or going to the doctor (it doesn't matter what symptoms you have the doctors always somehow manage to end up talking about your weight even if you're there for a simple headache or a cold).