• by Roxane Gay
  • Narrated by Roxane Gay
  • 5 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling 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 recognized or understood, but at least I was safe."
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 listeners along on her journey to understand and ultimately save herself.
With the bracing candor, vulnerability, and power that have made her one of the most admired writers of her generation, Roxane explores what it means to learn to take care of yourself: how to feed your hungers for delicious and satisfying food, a smaller and safer body, and a body that can love and be loved - in a time when the bigger you are, the smaller your world becomes.


What the Critics Say

"There's no better person to narrate this audio than Roxane Gay herself. Her calm, consistent inflections are juxtaposed with the content of the audiobook.... Her narration is filled with careful intentions - as if every single word stated and not stated explains her existence spatially.... Most of all, her story is felt because content and narration explore the concept of un/control of the body, self, and existence through her voice." (AudioFile)


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Customer Reviews

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One of the best non-fics I've read in years!

Roxane Gay narrates this open-hearted masterpiece with a sultry and melodiously comforting voice. As she reads, her incredibly well crafted and completely (brene brown-esque) vulnerable memoir perfectly! The naked reveals are emotional workouts that continually challenge all the bullshit societal pressures we are forced to endure while simultaneously assaulting the heart mind and spirit in the best ways possible. In this novel she has courageously exposed it all - including truths many of us spend a lifetime hiding. Her bare nakedness is one of the most erotic and beautiful literary experiences I've ever had. Hunger is a beautiful novel. Roxane is so beautiful. Her mind, body and talent is so beautiful. I'm totally crushing out! I never wanted to push pause! And I was mad when my own work pressures forced me to so! Bravo!
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- erica

Roxane Gay shares some universal truths

This book made me cry the open mouth, ugly, snot cry, and I know everyone whose life has been shaped around a painful childhood incident, will thank her for being so honest, so unflinching in her backward glance. I wish I could thank her for what she must have had to face and remember in the retelling of her story. I could barely breathe through parts of this. Well done.
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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-13-2017
  • Publisher: Harper Audio