Hunger by Roxane Gay

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay

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 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.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Slut shaming
  • Fatmisia & body shaming (theme)
  • Graphic gang rape of a child recounted
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Recreational drug use
  • Smoking discussed
  • Graphic medical procedures, including surgery
  • Bullying