Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body

Reviewed by Stephanie Ramirez (Library Staff)

Author Roxane Gay, a noted feminist, is perhaps at her most vulnerable here in her latest work describing what it’s like to operate in a world that sees her “morbidly obese body” (her words) as something less than. After a traumatic and tragic incident in her childhood, Gay turns to food as a way to cope but also as a way to safeguard her body against any threats. At her heaviest, she is nearly 600 pounds and considering drastic measures, including gastric bypass, to alleviate her suffering. In the end, she chooses a different route but you the reader will be transformed by her brutal honesty and elegant prose of the struggles she faces and how in our society someone so “big” can be invisible.

Located in Adult Nonfiction (813.6 GAY)

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