Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body
by Roxane Gay
Published: June 2017
Roxane Gay didn’t write this heartbreaking memoir as a cry for help, to seek attention or pity. She writes because breaking down experiences, bottled emotions, and sharp pop culture criticisms into essays is what she does best. This is an exposition of her traumas and observations as much as it is a platform to discuss the experiences that bind anyone struggling with an unruly body, a history of regrettable decisions, or a complicated relationship with self-esteem. This collection of essays is raw, defiant and uncomfortable to read. This must have been monumentally hard for Gay to share with the world, but her strength and grace is a beacon for all those struggling in silence.
4 out of 5 stars: Much like Bad Feminist, there were times I found myself disagreeing with her interpretations– but sometimes recognizing the baggage, biases and stubbornness that each individual brings to the discussion is as important as the discussion itself.