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Roxane Gay’s ‘Hunger’ Is a Searing Memoir About Weight and Self-Image

‘Hunger’ by Roxane Gay made it to our top title for June and it’s not surprising that this memoir instantly made it to the bestsellers list.

New York Times bestselling author Roxane Gay posted ‘Feminism (Plural),’ a short manifesto that opened the way to ‘Bad Feminist’ in 2014. A collection of essays that explores being a feminist while loving things that could seem at odds with feminist ideology. Gays new book ‘Hunger’ is brutal and true – it’s been written with intimacy and sensitivity about food and bodies, using her own emotional and psychological spars, Gay explores our shared anxieties over appearance and health. In Hunger, she casts an insightful and critical eye on her life—including the shattering act of violence that changed her life—and brings readers into the present and the realities, pains, and joys of her daily life.

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$15.46, Amazon

In an interview with The Guardian, Roxane talks about body image. “It is important to talk about the fact that weight-loss surgery is dangerous, that people die. It’s barbaric that so many people feel pressured to have this surgery that can kill them. But also, so much of what the fat acceptance movement does is catalog all the ways that this system is unbearable to live inside of. And then to tell people that they failed by caving in any variety of ways to this system that we know, better than anyone, is unbearable? It doesn’t make any sense. And I just have no interest, as a feminist, in adding things to the list of impossible standards.”

“I am hyperconscious of how I take up space. As a woman, as a fat woman, I am not supposed to take up space. And yet, as a feminist, I am encouraged to believe I can take up space. I live in a contradictory space where I should try to take up space but not too much of it, and not in the wrong way, where the wrong way is any way where my body is concerned.”

If you are looking for a candid read about a body-positive journey, you need to go and grab yourself a copy of Hunger.

 

Images: Amazon/Source: The Guardian