Hunger 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 recogn...

Details Hunger

Release DateJun 13th, 2017
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Feminism, Biography

Reviews Hunger

  • Emily May
    People see bodies like mine and make their assumptions. They think they know the why of my body. They do not. This is not a story of triumph, but this is a story that demands to be told and deserves to be heard. How do I even begin? If I could give this book a hundred stars, I would. And no, not just because it is important and it is heartbreaking - which it is both - but because Gay is one of the best writers I've ever known. The difficulty was ...
  • Roxane
    I haven't written this yet but it will be okay. Food is delicious. UPDATE: I have created a Word File entitled Hunger_Book. I have copied and pasted many Tumblr entries into this file along with some ideas as to how to give the book shape. Food is still delicious. UPDATE 2: This book is still in progress so your low ratings are funny. Is this a motivational tool? It's working.
  • Elyse
    Beautifully written....Tender, poignant and courageous....Heartfelt, heartbreaking and brave....Clearly, Roxanne's book deals with a dark, difficult and important subject. I can't imagine anyone more suited to explore what it means to be overweight......."in a time when the bigger you are, the less you are seen". "Hunger" is a story that needed to be written. Roxane Gay says....."writing this book is the most difficult thing I've ever done. Too l...
  • Debbie
    Really torn about this one. On the one hand, this is an amazingly honest account of Roxane Gay's life with an unruly body, as she calls it, which developed after she was gang raped at 12. She ate and ate so that she could get big enough to build a fortress around herself.On the other hand, the book fell short for me. It was repetitive, for one, although I do think some of the repetition was purposeful--a stylistic choice. The language, to me, was...
  • Jaidee
    I cannot jump on the bandwagon of this being a wonderful and empowering book.Sorry folks but as Ms Gay continues to blame the world for her unhappiness there is just no chance for peace. I wish her the very best but I would not recommend this to anybody.
  • Esil
    Listening to Roxanne Gay read her memoir, Hunger, was like listening to a close friend divulging some of her most painful and intimate memories, thoughts and feelings -- if that friend also happened to be a wickedly good writer. It was uncomfortable, heartbreaking and awe inspiring. I've read other excellent books by women who talk about their own and society's reactions to their large bodies, but Hunger is in its own class -- so smart and real a...
  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    The thing I always admire about Roxane Gay's writing, even when it makes me uncomfortable, is her ability to tackle issues head-on, with unflinching honesty. She may have hesitated, but you never see it on the page.This very open memoir about hunger and size is powerful. This is Roxane Gay's experience, laid bare. I can't imagine what it took for her to get all of these thoughts on the page. There is a bit of repetition or overlap between the tin...
  • Hannah
    This is the memoir I will compare all other memoirs against. Roxane Gay has written one hell of a perfect book. If I hadn't been a fan before, I would for sure be one now. Not only is this an honest, unflinching look at herself and her life and her choices, it is also stylistically beautiful in a way most books (fiction or non-fiction) never achieve.Roxane Gay tells, quite literally, the story of her body. She is completely and brutally honest in...
  • Thomas
    I finished Hunger five hours ago and still feel such overwhelming gratitude for Roxane Gay's writing; this memoir is my favorite 2017 read by far and one of those rare works that makes me so thankful for my ability to read at all. Hunger focuses on Gay's fatness, how being fat has affected her life in so many negative and unfair ways, and the rape she experienced as a twelve-year-old that precipitated her weight gain. She has an enormous talent f...
  • Erin
    Roxane Gay is a National treasure. Hunger by Roxane Gay is raw, gritty, honest, heartbreaking, powerful, and beautiful. I can't say enough amazing things about Roxane Gay and her important words. Hunger explores the lasting effects trauma has had on Roxane's life. At 12 years old she was brutally gang raped by a boy she had a crush on and his friends. She kept this awful secret for thirty years, blaming herself as so many survivors of rape do. Sh...
  • Jessica
    Update: I had to share Roxane's interview on the Daily Show, because it's amazing. Holy shit, Roxane Gay has written one hell of a memoir. This book is powerful on about forty-seven different levels and I really think that it ought to be required reading for anyone interested in feminism and the body-positive movement. But also, just anyone who wants to read good writing because holy shit, Roxane Gay: How do you write like this?! It's kind of unf...
  • Sam
    Roxane Gay, thank you.Unflinching honesty, ugly and beautiful truth. Reading Roxane Gay's memoir Hunger is at once a difficult, intimate endeavor, but the sheer power of Gay's blunt, unsparingly honest prose made this a single sitting read for me, gobsmacked by her willingness to reveal the depths of her pain, her rage, her hope, her insecurities, her jealousy, and her hunger for so many things in this world, some attainable and some tantalizingl...
  • Wendy
    I am of two minds about this book.Firstly, Roxanne Gay's suffering is unimaginable. Reading this was hard, hard to read someone's account of their living hell and building a body as a cage because life is so dangerous and cruel. And it is. She's right about that. What Roxanne experienced, her brutal gang rape, traumatised her, brutalised her, and got her fixated on her BODY. I have deep compassion for her.The book was also illuminating in its exp...
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    “I do not want pity or appreciation or advice. I am not brave or heroic. I am not strong. I am not special. I am one woman who has experienced something countless women have experienced. I am a victim who survived.” This is one of the most powerful memoirs I have ever read. I’ve realized that Roxane Gay is, while not my style as a fiction author, a fantastic author of nonfiction. Her stories are so emotive, so well-conveyed, so horrifying a...
  • Carol
    "Something Terrible Happened"Whew! Roxane Gay gives it up and lays it all out there baring body and soul to the world in HUNGER.She writes about the unspeakable horror that broke her young body and mind at age 12 and reveals the struggles of a 400+ weight challenged woman in our society....the limitations....the stares....the shame....and the constant battle of trying to lose hundreds of pounds.She also reveals facts about health issues, personal...
  • Helene Jeppesen
    I don’t really know what I was expecting from this memoir, but I certainly wasn’t expecting one long rant about how horrible it is being fat and how everyone and everything is against you. I get that it must be horrible to live with a huge body and I emphatize with that. However, I don’t get why Roxane Gay feels like she needs to talk down everybody and everything around her just because they aren’t fat: skinny people going to the gym, do...
  • Jessica Woodbury
    It does not happen very often that you read a memoir that makes you rethink what memoir is for and what it can do, but when it does it is a very special experience. HUNGER is that kind of memoir. Gay wants her readers to understand not just who she is and what her experience in the world has been. She wants them to know what it is like to exist in her body. I am a woman, so of course my experience thinking about my body and what others see and ho...
  • maggie
    A nuanced cultural understanding of gender did not exist then - girls were pink and boys were blue and that was that. Trigger Warning: The book and this review mention rape and obesity.Hunger by Roxane Gay is powerful and heartbreaking, but it’s also honest but bold. It gives us a raw image of what Roxane went through. From her tomboyish looks growing up to her rape, to her obesity, to her struggles of life as she tried fixing this problem sh...
  • Vanessa
    Part self loathing part empowering account of a woman dealing and living with her life long weight demons. She recounts so many of the indignities that befall her as a larger person in today's society. It's both incredibly uncomfortable and comforting to hear someone else describe trauma and pain so acutely. It makes your own pain and troubles feel not so isolating. I found some of the stories here so brutally honest and feel so ashamed at humani...
  • Diane
    This book gutted me. It is raw and emotional, and Roxane is so honest about her suffering that I wish I could give her a hug. Except she says she doesn't like hugs, so instead I'll try to virtually comfort her with this book review. Hunger is called a memoir of her body, and Roxane describes what it's like to move through the world as a obese person. She also explains why she became so big, and it's linked to a brutal assault she experienced when...
  • paulie
    hunger: a memoir of (my) body displays the upper third of a fork on the cover. its roots are just visible, slightly out of focus, its gradient tines casting a shadow over the word hunger in the title. with this perspective, we see tiny rays of light between the tine's shadows, little glimpses of light within that hunger.i now see this within this image a symbolic precursor to what was ahead in ms. gay's personal account. the reader is provided wi...
  • Jennifer
    “This is a memoir of (my) body because, more often than not, stories of bodies like mine are ignored or dismissed or derided. People see bodies like mine and make their assumptions. They think they know the why of my body. They do not.” Damn this is some raw stuff here. Roxane Gay's honesty about very real issues - both internal and external - will surely open up validation, empathy, perspective, and a line of communication for others. The ...
  • Mariah
    I have been wanting to read this book for a while, so I am really glad I finally got it off my to-read.This book was fantastic (4.5 Stars). I really enjoyed the author's personal stories and how open and honest she was in this book. She shared her own emotional and psychological struggles of being an "obese" women. She shared her anxieties over pleasure, consumption, appearance, and health. She shares her heartbreaking violent past and how it aff...
  • Didi
    According to my electronic dictionary, hunger means a feeling of discomfort or weakness caused by lack of food, coupled with the desire to eat or a strong desire or craving. I must say that Roxane Gay’s memoir Hunger A Memoir of (My) Body was named appropriately.
  • Ammar
    raw to the bonesincerefrustratingshockingand full of pain
  • Bam
    * 3.5 stars rounded up."Something terrible happened."Roxane Gay is a very fine writer and this memoir about living in her extremely overweight body is exceedingly honest...and oh so depressing. Roxane was gang raped by her young boyfriend and his buddies when she was twelve and she never told anyone, not even her very loving and supportive family. After that, she started down a path of self-destruction, gaining incredible amounts of weight, and b...
  • Maria
    This book was fine. Interesting. Readable. At times poignant. But I am disappointed because I thought I was going to read something spectacular and brilliant - something that would make me look at the world and the people around me differently. I think I got this idea from the episode of This American Life that featured some of the material that later went into this book. I found that episode fascinating, but unfortunately, I didn't find that thi...
  • Raymond
    Roxane Gay’s memoir Hunger is about her life as a “woman of size”. I agree with many people who have described this book as emotionally raw. She describes a tragic event that happened to her in her youth and the weight gain that resulted from it. She centers most of her memoir on what her life is like having an “unruly body”, the daily interactions with people who instantly judge her because of her size, the things that most people take...
  • Cathrine ☯️
    4+★“For so long I’ve never talked about this. I suppose we should keep our shames to ourselves, but I’m sick of this shame. Silence hasn’t worked out so well.”I grew up during times when privacy was valued and sought after and now live in one where it has done an about face. With fake news and Photoshop running rampant it’s hard to distinguish fact from fiction. I mention this because in this time of personal self-obsession and doct...