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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 (311 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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I think its really important to remember that this is a book about Roxanne Gay; her body, her experiences, her trauma and what led to her body being the way that it is today. I found it insightful and as a person who is overweight myself, I can definitely empathise with some of her experiences and sympathise with others. I personally don't agree with every pov she has, but mine and everyone else's opinions are irrelevant. I don't believe she wrote this book seeking for anyones opinions or advice. It is simply a memoir of how how her body came to be, written and performed in a very real way.

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Tough going but honest

Just a little worming that this book contains details of eating disorder behaviour and numbers. I didn't expext that and wished there had been a trigger warning somewhere first.

Roxans story isn't unual in many ways, most of what she writes about is what lots of fat people explain daily, but as a Black, Queer woman her situation is more extreme and I think those conversations are really important. However, she didn't read with much connection, perhaps the topics were just hard to connect to so she couldn't.

Over all its an interesting book but not one I absolutely loved.

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Compelling and heartbreaking.

Loved it. Made me cry. I will be reading more of her work, very compelling.

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Compelling and opens your eyes to large bodies

Totally compelling, I raced through this. Although at times this lacked just a little bit in substance or wider meaning for me, it painted a thorough picture of someone else's difficult life and was gripping. I can't wait to read her other work.

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Intense, painful, honest, and so important

I love Roxane Gay's writing. This is such a heartfelt account of the female body, and on how society tries to cram women into painful shapes. A must listen.

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A story of pure honesty and truth

A story of pure honesty and truth. A brave soul to share her story. The sad thing is in this world, is that many of there stories are out there and they are not shared. Many people living in fear from an experience. Yet we all think that we are abnormal and the only one and going to be judged. We are all suffering with pain. Different levels yes. It's time to start heating peoples stories. The more we learn about outselevs and others the more we can face fears and pain and be free and liberated! Humans! Let's speed this up! 😊 Thank you Roxanne for sharing xxxx

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  • 05-02-20

Must read

Loved it. It's a great and interesting memoir, and an important feminist read. Made me think about my body and food issues.