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Hunger

A Memoir of (My) Body
Narrated by: Roxane Gay
Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
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'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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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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Beautiful and heart wrenching

I really love Roxane Gay’s work But this was her being vulnerable and while it was hard to hear so many of these things it’s important to have voices like hers. I loved this book, I thought it was insightful and poignant and heartbreaking to hear. It made me sad, it made me angry, it made me laugh, it made me feel seen.

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Fabulous!

I loved this brilliant narrative. I finished it in a day and a half. The author has some really interesting ideas about women and their relationships with their bodies. She opened my eyes to new perspectives about weight and body image.

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Not your average read.

My own history with the issues covered in this great read caused me to have to stop and reflect at times on my own journey of acceptance and recovery. This book took longer than normal to read because of this fact. It's worth spending the time thinking about the words, Roxane's journey and if this resonates with the reader, then my advice is to stop and reflect.
This book was not a story as such, but more of a collection of little stories made into a book. It is deeply personal and had many meanings to me. It's the first time as a larger women moving through the world that I've ever heard someone write/say what I'd always been thinking.
What this memoir really did for me, was show that one life event for a person can change their direction and life course forever! I knew this, but I always thought that it was often many traumatic events that lead to this kind of fundamental change in a person's trajectory in life. It's not, and as a community services worker, this is so important to realise.
Thank you Roxane for having the courage to be open enough for us who cannot speak our truths yet, to explore the possibilities of speaking our truths.

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Very enjoyable

Loved hearing Roxane tell her stories (at times painful) with her usual warmth. Thank you.

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Just amazing

I really loved this one. The story is so touchy and being a memoir makes me get even more involved. I like the story telling, subtle sentences and honesty I found in that. Listening it from Roxane’s beautiful voice, gives it a soul. Thanks Roxane.

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Gut-wrenching and Beautiful

Hunger by Roxanne Gay is the gut-wrenching memoir of disorder and desperation. This book is a love-letter to the body, as well as an arrow in its heart. Gay explores her history of eating disorders, self-harm and sexual assault in an honest and confronting manner. I recommend this book to anyone who considers themselves to be dedicated to body liberation. Roxanne embodies, in Hunger, one of the most marginalised experiences within body liberation and this beautiful piece of work demands respect and attention.

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While the Author’s story is highly relatable and brutally honest the whole tone of the book is very melancholic and feels self indulgent. Congrats to the author for her courage.

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glad I read it but it was really difficult to do.

this is real and the ideas are processed eloquently. I relate to it and for me it felt like work, a sort of therapy to face these ideas. so it is an important book but not a fun book.

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  • 02-09-2017

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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  • Arlene Finnigan
  • 15-08-2017

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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  • Suswati
  • 02-08-2017

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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  • Em Farrell
  • 18-10-2017

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-11-2019

Compelling and heartbreaking.

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

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  • Mrs Cathy
  • 10-08-2019

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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  • booklover
  • 19-07-2019

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-07-2019

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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  • Aleisha
  • 31-01-2019

Woman lead bare

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-01-2019

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.