Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners . To take part, simply choose a random book from your TBR and show it off. Be sure to check out Lauren’s blog and link back to add your own links!
Today the book I’m going to show off is: Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay
From the bestselling 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 own past—including the devastating act of violence that acted as a turning point in her young life—and brings readers 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.
I can’t wait to get my hands on HUNGER. Since reading her collection of short stories in DIFFICULT WOMEN, I’ve been a fan of Roxane Gay. I also want to read BAD FEMINIST in the near future.
As someone who has struggled with some of the same issues as the author, I feel like HUNGER is a book that I need to read. I’m trying to decide whether I want to read the book or listen to the audio. The audio-book is narrated by Roxane Gay and I feel like it will add to the experience, but of course I also like having the physical book so I can tab pages or parts that I really like.
I’ve read some excellent reviews of this book which makes me want to read this even more.
Have you read this book yet? If so, what did you think?