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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; International ed. edition (13 Jun. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062569716
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062569714
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,053,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Wrenching, deeply moving. . . a memoir that's so brave, so raw, it feels as if [Gay]'s entrusting you with her soul."--Seattle Times

"This raw and graceful memoir digs deeply into what it means to be comfortable in one's body. Gay denies that hers is a story of "triumph," but readers will be hard pressed to find a better word."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A heart-rending debut memoir from the outspoken feminist and essayist. . . . An intense, unsparingly honest portrait of childhood crisis and its enduring aftermath."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Displays bravery, resilience, and naked honesty from the first to last page. . . . Stunning . . . essential reading."--Library Journal (starred review)

"Luminous. . . . intellectually rigorous and deeply moving."--The New York Times Book Review

"The book's short, sharp chapters come alive in vivid personal anecdotes. . . . And on nearly every page, Gay's raw, powerful prose plants a flag, facing down decades of shame and self-loathing by reclaiming the body she never should have had to lose."--Entertainment Weekly

"This is the book to read this summer . . . she's such a compelling mind . . . . Anyone who has a body should read this book."--Isaac Fitzgerald on the Today show

"Bracingly vivid. . . . Remarkable. . . . Undestroyed, unruly, unfettered, Ms. Gay, live your life. We are all better for having you do so in the same ferociously honest fashion that you have written this book."--Los Angeles Times

"Hunger is Gay at her most lacerating and probing. . . . Anyone familiar with
Gay's books or tweets knows she also wields a dagger-sharp wit."
--Boston Globe

"Searing, smart, readable. . . . "Hunger," like Ta-Nehisi Coates' "Between the World and Me," interrogates the fortunes of black bodies in public spaces. . . . Nothing seems gratuitous; a lot seems brave. There is an incantatory element of repetition to "Hunger" The very short chapters scallop over the reader like waves."--Newsday

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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 had been 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 I made but barely recognized or understood but of my own making. I was miserable, but I was safe."

In this intimate and searing memoir, the New York Times bestselling author Roxane Gay addresses the experience of living in a body that she calls "wildly undisciplined." She casts an insightful and critical eye over her childhood, teens, and twenties--including the devastating act of violence that was a turning point in her young life--and brings readers intwo the present and the realities, pains, and joys of her daily life.

With the bracing candor, 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 it tells a story that hasn't yet been told but needs to be.

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