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Hunger

A Memoir of (My) Body
Narrated by: Roxane Gay
Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (209 ratings)
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Summary

'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 best-selling 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 20s - including the devastating act of violence that acted as a turning point in her young life - and brings listeners into the present and the realities, pains, and joys of her daily life.

With the bracing candour, 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.

©2017 Roxane Gay (P)2017 Little Brown Book Group

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Fantastic!

This is my first audiobook and I was very hesitant. However, I think I chose the correct audio book! The story was very captivating and narration was very well done. It was also very relatable in many aspects and I loved how Roxane Gay spoke about the societal issues that have also shaped her experience.

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Essential reading

This is an excellent, challenging read, which forces you to think about the assumptions you make about people. Brutally honest.

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Extremely brave account of weight and trauma

Roxane Gay's deeply moving, hard-hitting biographical account of rape and its consequences is harrowing and triggering. The profound impact it had on her life goes to explain all her decision making as a result. Not to explain away her feelings of her weight, but it shows a small tenet of how trauma can have such devastating results. It can be a little repetitive from a literary perspective but it's well worth all the kudos.

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A memoir of a great mind and a traumatised body

Beautifully written, heart breaking, brave and honest. I felt privileged to hear her story. It felt so private, so intimate and so full of pain and courage and love and strength and hope.

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Woman lead bare

Loved it, exceptional journey through her life thus far. Great purchase, was definitely not disappointed❤

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An important story, surprisingly relatable

I enjoyed listening to Roxanne Gay herself re-telling her difficult yet important tale. There were elements to this memoir I could really relate to: why did I have such low self esteem when I was 12 years old starting a new school? There was no reason to, nothing had happened to justify this lack of confidence.

Hearing her trauma was awful but I expect, sadly, not that uncommon. Her struggle in relationships with others as well as with herself was interesting. This new relationship she had with her body (post trauma) and the coping mechanisms she used was well explained and relatable. She highlighted various everyday issues some of which I had never considered before; the complications of where you get seated in a restaurant. She spoke to you like a friend divulging secrets which she's kept to herself for too long; composed, raw yet witty. Always returning to her body.

Inspired.

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Real, human and nuanced

An amazing but devastating book, Hunger faces some of the most complicated issues of our time - rape culture; sexism; fatphobia; racism etc. - but does so through a completely human story and through the author's lived experience. Roxane Gay has a phenomenally beautiful way of embodying, in her writing, that old feminist adage that the personal is political and it was particularly wonderful to hear the book narrated by Roxane herself. There was so much to think about in this amazing memoir but also, perhaps more importantly, so much to listen to, to feel, and to sit with. I really think everyone should read it.

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Superb. Harrowing in parts but worth it

Roxanne's narration was excellent. The book is funny in parts but although the tone wasn't grim, it's pretty heavy going. It's definitely helped me develop empathy with people of size, who previously i have barely given a second thought to. She writes beautifully.

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More mundane than expected

I enjoyed hearing about Gay’s story and what she felt had led her to compulsive eating. But as the book went on and focussed more on life as an obese person, I became less interested. I am not sure why, it felt at times quite self-pitying which I understand for Gay personally, but not something I needed to listen to. I gave up towards the end, the whole dull segment on cooking finished me.
I like Gay’s style and might pick up another book by her but this memoir was not really for me.

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Raw, brutality honest & painful to read.

Very difficult to listen to, the boys who raped Roxanne seemingly got away with their crime, they are oblivious to the continuing suffering of their victim as a result of their actions.
Roxanne was in a very dark place for much of her life, I was amazed at her self flagellation, the constant onslaught of hate towards herself & her body, her total lack of self esteem, I marvel that she survived. The book showed how cruel people can be & how sadistic they became when they sensed the weakness & neediness in her.
Although a very disturbing read this book has such raw honesty, is
well written & narrated & must read.