Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body
By Roxane Gay
Harper, 9780062362599, June 2017, 320pp.
The Short of It:
Gay’s story touches on so many things. Although the title is called Hunger, it’s about insecurities, fear, doubt, and most of all identity.
The Rest of It:
This book fell into my hands at the library and although it’s a memoir, my least fave thing to read besides romance, I decided to read a few pages to see if I would like it and the next time I put it down was when I finished it.
At a very young age, Roxane Gay was gang-raped by a group of boys and it affected her for years to come. When I say affected, I mean that it completely transformed who she thought she was which directly impacted how she felt about her body. Her body grew as she continued to feed it. This feeding, her weak attempt at burying herself and making herself invisible caused other problems, of course.
This was a powerful read and very well-done. It gave me a lot to think about and yes, anyone who has struggled with weight, myself included, will certainly identify with what Gay speaks of but it’s so much more. Even if you are not a fan of memoir, pick it up because it’s very, very good.
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12 thoughts on “Review: Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body”
Such a powerful book.
Love this book! I’m so happy you liked it so much 🙂 Definitely a book that speaks to you – the writing just pulls you in and opens your eyes. A must-read!!
That does sound very powerful. I think I need a copy.
I think I need this to be my last read of the year.
It would make the perfect “last book of the year” read.
I read Bad Feminist earlier this year and want to read read more of her work. This sounds really good!
Sounds interesting. I’ve never read a book by her, so I may try this.
This is the second good review of this book I’ve read so I may have to look into it. It sounds interesting.
I love Gay’s writing. I will absolutely get to this one soon.
I’ve heard this one is powerful. Nice review. I will check it out.
This was on of My Lit Box selections I received, but I have yet to read it. Your review has me wanting to give it a try soon though. I don’t read a lot of memoirs anymore, but I think I might really like this one.
sounds powerful since you picked it up and kept reading.