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Hunger Audiobook

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body

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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of Bad Feminist, a searingly honest memoir of food, weight, self-image, and learning how to feed your hunger while taking care of yourself.

"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."

In her phenomenally popular essays and long-running Tumblr blog, Roxane Gay has written with intimacy and sensitivity about food and body, 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 explores her past - including the devastating act of violence that acted as a turning point in her young life - and brings listeners along on her journey to understand and ultimately save herself.

With the bracing candor, vulnerability, and power that have made her one of the most admired writers of her generation, Roxane explores what it means to learn to take care of yourself: how to feed your hungers for delicious and satisfying food, a smaller and safer body, and a body that can love and be loved - in a time when the bigger you are, the smaller your world becomes.

©2016 Roxane Gay (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"There's no better person to narrate this audio than Roxane Gay herself. Her calm, consistent inflections are juxtaposed with the content of the audiobook.... Her narration is filled with careful intentions - as if every single word stated and not stated explains her existence spatially.... Most of all, her story is felt because content and narration explore the concept of un/control of the body, self, and existence through her voice." (AudioFile)

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    erica 06-15-17
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    "One of the best non-fics I've read in years!"

    Roxane Gay narrates this open-hearted masterpiece with a sultry and melodiously comforting voice. As she reads, her incredibly well crafted and completely (brene brown-esque) vulnerable memoir perfectly! The naked reveals are emotional workouts that continually challenge all the bullshit societal pressures we are forced to endure while simultaneously assaulting the heart mind and spirit in the best ways possible. In this novel she has courageously exposed it all - including truths many of us spend a lifetime hiding. Her bare nakedness is one of the most erotic and beautiful literary experiences I've ever had. Hunger is a beautiful novel. Roxane is so beautiful. Her mind, body and talent is so beautiful. I'm totally crushing out! I never wanted to push pause! And I was mad when my own work pressures forced me to so! Bravo!

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    Jenn G 06-18-17
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    "Fantastic - extreme but relatable"

    Roxane Gay presents herself to the reader with both candidness and context. She situates her own body within the cultural narrative of fat bodies. It's heartbreaking, inspiring, perplexing, and enlightening. And there's nothing like hearing it in her own words. Recommend.

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    erinc33 Takoma Park 06-17-17
    erinc33 Takoma Park 06-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Profound"

    Truly loved listening to this book. There were so many moments where I nodded my head in agreement to our similar experiences, recognized and honored our differences, and just found myself so thankful that Roxane Gay shares her beautiful writing with us.

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    Antoinette 06-16-17
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    "This is an intense read."

    I have never finished an audiobook all the way through, but I couldn't stop listening to this. Partly because I can relate but mostly because it's so honest and so real but it sounds unbelievable. I'm going to listen again.

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    "Roxane Gay shares some universal truths"

    This book made me cry the open mouth, ugly, snot cry, and I know everyone whose life has been shaped around a painful childhood incident, will thank her for being so honest, so unflinching in her backward glance. I wish I could thank her for what she must have had to face and remember in the retelling of her story. I could barely breathe through parts of this. Well done.

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    Larry Michael Gipson Chicago, IL United States 06-15-17
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    "Tough and Deeply Self-Reflective"

    Gay writes a memoir for the ages. Deceptively simple in its language and bold in its topics. Gay carries you deeply into her mind and traumatic history with incredible clarity, eviscerating honesty, and devastating heart. This was definitely worth the read.

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    Andrea Marshi Marina Del Rey, CA 06-15-17
    Andrea Marshi Marina Del Rey, CA 06-15-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Deeply Touching Memoir"

    I'm glad I listened to this book for many, many reasons. It was my intro to Roxane Gay and I am so glad she was brought to my attention. Her perspectives have caused me to consider things that had not occurred to me. Other times, I felt she was recording my thoughts- familiar struggles many women share.

    This is not a weight loss how to/ journey. It's so much more. I highly recommend this stirring personal account. This contemporary, so very honest writer has a new reader in me.

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    Lori 06-14-17
    Lori 06-14-17 Member Since 2006

    Avid reader and high school English teacher. Kindle, book, audio - if they could implant books directly into my brain, I'd probably sign up.

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    "Such a wonderful truth."

    This was a memoir that resonated with me in a way few books have. There is so much that's relatable as a discussion of "hunger." That it's read by the author is a bonus. Finished in one day and will probably listen again tomorrow - heartbreaking and inspiring both.

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    Sara 06-24-17
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    "Admirably honest."

    You don't have to be overweight for Gay' s thinking to resonate. Thoughtfully written. Beautifully read.

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    Cheryl MacPherson 06-24-17 Member Since 2015
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    "A brave memoir by a brilliant woman"

    This is the first book I have read by Ms. Gay. She is a superb writer and even better storyteller. Her own story is so intimate and by the end of this memoir, I felt a deep awe for her bravery. There are parts of Ms. Gay's personality that I cannot understand -- and that is evidence, to me, of her ability to capture the complexity of the individual. I finished this memoir and immediately purchased another of her works. Thank you, Ms. Gay, for sharing your story.

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