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Hunger Audiobook

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body

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Publisher's 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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    "THANK YOU"

    Thank you so so much Raxane Gay for saying what needed to be said not just for yourself but for and to society at large. NOT just women.

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    Ceese 10/07/2017
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    "A Must Read"

    A raw and unflinching memoir of what it is like to be a victim of violence and woman of size in a world that is not made to accommodate. Gay is a wonderfully courageous writer and is always such a pleasure to listen to. Highly recommended.

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    Sally 25/07/2017
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    "An important listen for anyone with a body"

    Whilst a lot of Hunger is deeply personal and specific to Roxane's personal story, much of it relates to the ways we all inhabit our bodies

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    Kathryn Algie 20/07/2017
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    "THANK YOU!!"

    I just loved this. The frank honesty. The beautiful juxtapositions. It is so human. We are not all machines that can follow our politics or ideals to a tee. Roxanne's account of her own life and her own Experience is so human. I felt like it was a breath of reality. The truth about how it is to be a feminist in a world where our bodies are the first thing that's judged. Read it. Everyone. Just read it. (Or better yet listen to it in the authors own voice!)

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    "Truth: sad and brave"

    A story of truth. A sad but brave story, felt like it just touched on the very surface.

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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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