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Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body | Roxane Gay
From the New York Times bestselling 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 pastincluding the devastating act of violence that acted as a turning point in her young lifeand brings readers 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 lovedin a time when the bigger you are, the smaller your world becomes.
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Messiejessie
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Roxane says ‘Living in my body has expanded my empathy for other people and the truths of their bodies. Certainly, it has shown me the importance of inclusivity and acceptance (not merely tolerance) for diverse body types.‘
Reading this book will help the reader to do the same.

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Messiejessie
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Only page 11 and I like this book already

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SusanLee
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Eggs 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
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Zoes_Human
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Roxane Gay's capacity for self-reflection, intellectual honestly, and authentic engagement is inspiring and impressive. Her life experience is quite different from mine (excepting strangely the path we both took with smoking), yet I feel a deep connection to it through this work. This will emotionally challenge you, but also has the capacity to make you a better human and to feel seen in all your complexity.

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Maria514626
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I can‘t imagine writing something so revealing. This book is a hard read, and amazing.

No matter who you are, you‘ll likely find something in here that sounds like it came out of your own brain.

I‘ll be thinking about this for a long time. 5/5 🌟

She reads the audiobook. 👍

Trigger warning: assault.

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SusanLee
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Eggs Well done 👍🏼 6mo
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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks
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My haul from the Free Little Library today! 😍

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TabithaZ
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Finished Hunger in a couple of days, cried at the end, and now the first thing I‘m doing is ordering Gay‘s other books!

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jenniferw88
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 14mo
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Carolyn11215
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#doublespin April. In this non-fiction memoir of her body, author explains how sexual trauma at 12 impacts the way she views her body, her self-esteem, her relationships with family members & future lovers. She writes about the emotional & physical pain she endures as she moves through the world at her size, the logistical challenges of navigating a world built for smaller people, & the ways she is both seen & not seen because of her size.

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vlwelser
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This book is so raw and beautiful. She talks about what it's like to live in her body. But also how she got to that point. It's stunning and I'd like to give her a hug but only in theory because I don't like to touch people either. She reads her own #audiobook and you can hear her emotions. I highly recommend it.

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BekaReid
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Moving, powerful memoir. Roxane Gay's writing is poignant as she shares her story.

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ManyWordsLater
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This book felt like a complete whine-fest. I‘d seen it around on all sorts of lists but I didn‘t get it. I went into this book wanting to listen and learn about being fat. But I don‘t know that I learned to sympathize with obesity. I just learned life is hard. But life is always hard.

Am I terrible? What did I miss?

LibrarianRyan I didn't care for this either. And I am obese. 2y
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JacqMac
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I really liked this one.
#hunger #SeptemberSenses

Eggs 👏🏻📚👏🏻 2y
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PrincessToad
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5 star

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candority
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This was a difficult, but incredibly powerful and vulnerable memoir. I can‘t believe I waited so long to read it. 4⭐️

This is my #LitsyAwardsWinner pick for #SummerFun Bingo and another #BookSpinBingo read.

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Karisa
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Honest, raw memoir examining a part of this writer's life focusing on her body and all the issues swirling around being overweight in a culture that does not value it (to say the least). I listened to the audiobook which the author read (love those best). It went by so fast. Good book giving lots of food for thought.

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LaurenMags
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Excellent book about a woman's struggle with life and her weight after being raped.

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derr.liz
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"It is a powerful lie to equate thinness with self-worth. Clearly, this lie is damn convincing because the weight-loss industry thrives. Women continue to try to bend themselves to societal will. Women continue to hunger. And so do I."

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sarahlandis
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love Roxane. Recommend

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PMMREADS
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#body #trauma #deep I highly recommend this deeply honest and authentic book. It‘s very raw and heartbreaking. Roxane Gay is my favorite author. 📚📖 Living in my body has expanded my empathy for other people and the truths of their bodies. Certainly, it has shown me the importance of inclusivity and acceptance (not merely tolerance) for diverse body types.”

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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Listened to this on audio because I love when Roxane Gay reads to me, even when the topic is tragic and heartbreaking
This book covers a lot from the trauma Gay went through in her earlier life, to how she lives in her body, to her emotional and mental well-being. It is not an easy light read but it is worth it.

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JSW
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I don't think I've ever read anything so completely, nakedly, tragically, honest and searching and real. Yet. Gay asks not for pity, but for consideration and space. Good grief, this woman can write.

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Megabooks
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I‘m exactly 3 weeks away from for 40, close to the age Roxane was when she wrote this. She & I both have complicated relationships with our bodies & our families, even though I‘m only “Lane Bryant fat”

My mother is particularly disturbed by my “health” aka weight. My doctor wants me to get bariatric surgery even though I barely qualify & have digestive problems. I better understand Roxane each time I read this. Behind every person is a story.

Eggs So true. And every story has its burdens and also its reliefs. Just keep attuned to your own soul...hugs to you ❤️❤️❤️ 3y
REPollock Don‘t get baritric unless you are certain. I have a lot of friends who did and some are pleased but others are not. It changes your life regardless. 3y
Megabooks @Eggs thanks very much Sherri!! I really appreciate your support 💙💙🤗🤗 3y
Megabooks @REPollock I don‘t plan to right now. I don‘t have the major health problems of obesity, and I do have celiac disease, so honestly, I think it‘s a horrible idea at this point for me. 3y
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KatieDid927
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1. Maya Angelou, John Lewis, Kamala Harris, Aaliyah, Lizzo and I gotta include Gizelle Bryant from RHOP 😂
2. Roxane Gay, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Colson Whitehead. I have a bunch of NK Jemisin that I can‘t wait to read. I need to read Octavia Butler too and could def use more of her work.
3. Both!
4. Literary fiction, fantasy, historical fiction
5. Hmm the Civil Rights Movement.

#blitsyhistorymonth #bhmswap @Chelleo

Chelleo Not Giselle! 😂🤣😂 She‘s such a mess. But I like her too 3y
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SShiney
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First book finished in 2020. Loved it! So honest and soul-searching reflections. Wow. Audiobook was read by the author.

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mothmonsterman
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“every body has a story and a history. here I offer mine with a memoir of my body and my hunger.” -Roxane Gay literally cannot WAIT to start reading this #feminism #feministbooks #roxanegay

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ephemeralwaltz
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I was curious when @BarbaraBB commented that she hadn't enjoyed this one but as I got further and further into it I found myself feeling the same way. Gay's honesty and transparency is not to be undermined, and I appreciate her bravery in publishing this memoir; however, its underdeveloped chapters that kept going all over the place in no relevant order or coherence didn't let me fully enjoy it and the writing itself felt empty and bland.

thebluestocking I felt the same way. It just needed a good editing. 💙 3y
BarbaraBB Exactly, Gay is very honest and brave but the story went all over the place and (for me) it became whining at a certain point and I became irritated despite the fact that I felt for Gay. Like @thebluestocking says, it needed editing, and a few pages less... 3y
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KatieDid927
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My #Top10ofTheDecade #NonFictionEdition is here! There are so many great books still on my TBR, but of the ones I‘ve read these are my faves. @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Love this collage💚I LOVED the Roxane Gay too!!!! And Heart Berries was soooooo heartbreaking 3y
alisiakae Next year WILL be the year I read What Happened. Every time I look at it, I think...too soon. 😫 3y
KatieDid927 @4thhouseontheleft I get it. It was NOT an easy read, but it was worth it. 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @4thhouseontheleft It really was a great book, great on audiobook too...and honestly she outlines everything so clearly and so well, it‘s amazing to see, even at the time it was happening, and the time she wrote this, how much was spot on. 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Sooo many good ones here! 👊🏻♥️📚 3y
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Today marks five years since I left my last (and hopefully forever last) treatment center for my anorexia. I‘ve wanted to read Roxane Gay for a while but have been afraid of being triggered by the food talk. I‘m so glad I‘m in a good place in my recovery because this book is amazing, Gay is such a wonderful writer. This book is a difficult read, as expected, but also an important story

Graciouswarriorprincess Congratulations on five years! 3y
MicheleinPhilly Congratulations! ❤️ 3y
TiredLibrarian That's awesome! 🙌🏼 3y
TiredLibrarian And I agree both that this is a phenomenal book, and it could be triggering for those who have or are recovering from eating disorders, body dysmorphic disorders, and/or sexual abuse. 3y
Megabooks Wow! Congratulations! I‘m so happy your recovery is going so well. 💙💙 3y
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ElizaMarie I loved this one 3y
Kalalalatja Such a good, but tough book! 3y
BarbaraBB I kind of hated it 😊 3y
ephemeralwaltz @BarbaraBB interesting! 3y
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"Why do we create the boundaries people create for themselves as challenges?"

Like Gay, I am not someone who enjoys hugging strangers. I feel like that kind of physical contact is something that should be reserved for people I know and care for, but I've often had people do similar things where they try to make me hug even after I've said I don't want to.

Megabooks My rule is don‘t touch people you don‘t know unless it‘s a fist bump or a handshake! Maybe a high five if you‘re doing something sporty! 3y
cornfedwellread @Megabooks I agree! I've never understood why hugging strangers is often seen as the norm. 3y
ElizaMarie I think sometimes it‘s a cultural thing. I am half Hispanic and we are “taught” very young to kiss and hug everyone when saying both “hi” and “bye”. I know my brother would just avoid social situations all together so not to have to hug everyone. 3y
cornfedwellread @ElizaMarie I have a friend from college whose family is Albanian and she also grew up with hugging and kissing everyone being the norm. She knows that I'm not a very touchy person and said that she's had to remind herself not to be as physical with me as she is with her family. Where I grew up most of the people I was around were white Midwesterners, but in high school people still thought I was weird for not wanting to hug everyone. 3y
cornfedwellread @ElizaMarie My roommate used to make a lot of jokes about me being an emotionally repressed Irish Catholic, but there's probably some truth to that. 🤷‍♀️ 3y
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Megabooks
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I did it! I f($&ing did it by 1.5k steps!! Woo hoo!! #LitsyWalkathon My feet are tired!! 👍🏻

Read 5 books this week. The best were Less and Hunger. 9/12 for the challenge. I have a procedure Tuesday, so we‘ll see what I revise it up to after that.

Also, I‘m remembering to Be Kind to myself, as we all should! I came back from depression and sleeplessness, sort of, and I‘m proud!

#bfc #bfcr2 #checkin #goteam

Bookwormjillk You should be proud! Good luck next week! 3y
alisiakae You rocked it!! 🤩🤩🤩 Way to go!! 3y
catebutler What an accomplishment! Your positivity is so contagious in this post! 🤗👏🏼 3y
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cobwebmoth You should be proud! You're very inspiring.❤ 3y
LapReader That book cover is gorgeous. Well done this week. Keep it up! 3y
cewilf Wonderful positivity!! Keep it up! 😁🙌 3y
KathyWheeler What a great week! 3y
britt_brooke Dang, girl! Great work! 💚🙌🏻 3y
Megabooks Thanks y‘all!! I am smiling ear-to-ear!! I love your encouragement and really appreciate it!! 💜💜💜 @Bookwormjillk @4thhouseontheleft @catebutler @cobwebmoth @LapReader @cewilf @KathyWheeler @britt_brooke Still resting my feet 🤣🤣🤣 3y
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 That‘s awesome! 🎉 Love the positivity! Keep it going! 3y
Megabooks @wanderinglynn Thanks so much!! 👍🏻💜💜 3y
sudi That is awesome 👏👏👏 3y
Emilymdxn Being kind to yourself is the most important bit of fitness imho! You‘re killing it, v proud of you! Good luck with the procedure, well all be here for you 💖 3y
Megabooks @sudi Thank you!! 😊💕😊 3y
Megabooks @Emilymdxn Thank you so much! I really appreciate how far we‘re coming as a team and how well we support each other! Awesome job captain! 💗💗 3y
Emilymdxn I‘m really proud of us too, we come from all over and have such different goals but we truly embody #goteam spirit lol 3y
TheEllieMo Brilliant, @Megabooks, well done!! I love this post! 3y
Megabooks @TheEllieMo Thank you so much!! 😊🤗💙 3y
Clwojick Way to girl! CRUSHED IT! 💪🏻🔥⭐️ 3y
mcipher Yay for crushing your goals and especially for the kindness to yourself - that stuff is tough when you feel icky. ♥️ 3y
Megabooks @Clwojick Thanks! 🙌🏻🙌🏻💙💕💙 3y
Megabooks @mcipher it totally is!! Thank you! 💛💛💛 3y
Reviewsbylola 👏🏻 👏🏻 👏🏻 3y
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola 😊😊😊 3y
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Megabooks
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Oh y‘all, how I turn to favorite books when times are rough! I love this book. I wish I could put my feelings about myself into words as beautifully as she does.

I picked this up in the middle of the night first when I didn‘t want to and then when I couldn‘t sleep. Then I took a lovely 4K+ step walk near dawn. Then I did some things. Then I slept fitfully. I just finished rereading this book.

If anyone has wisdom on mood disorders and sleep 👇🏻

Megabooks Please contact me here or at booksandcooks.litsy at gmail dot com! The only time I feel at peace is when I‘m alone but living alone is not feasible for me now. Anyway, #bfc #bfcr2 #goteam book 7/12 3y
SW-T Loved Hunger. Such a powerful book. I‘m sorry you didn‘t get a lot of sleep. Hope your back feels better at least. 3y
wanderinglynn Nothing on mood disorders, but I know for sleep, meditation helps. Also experts say not to use your phone before bed because the light disrupts sleep. Even the LED light in an alarm clock can disrupt sleep, which is why I use a sleep mask. I hope things get better for you. 💚 3y
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TheEllieMo I can‘t offer you any words of wisdom, 😔 but I can send a virtual hug 🤗 and hope you find some strategies that will help you sleep easier tonight x 3y
Suet624 No sleep over here too so I feel you. 3y
Megabooks @SW-T It is powerful. Thanks! 💜💜 3y
Megabooks @wanderinglynn Thanks for the advice! I just remembered that my psychiatrist has recommended that I try the app Calm for relaxation and meditation at night. Thanks for the reminder!! 😘 3y
Megabooks @TheEllieMo I love the hug! 🤗 Right back at ya! I just wish things were less messy in a lot of ways in my life. 🤷🏻‍♀️ sigh. 3y
Megabooks @Suet624 I‘m really sorry! It sucks. 💜😕 3y
wanderinglynn I tried calm. I like Relax Meditation a bit more. I also use its companion, Relax Melodies because I also use a noise machine & the app is great for when I travel. 3y
Emilymdxn Hunger had such an effect on me too, I read it in a day and emailed Roxane Gay afterwards, one of my favourite books of all time. I don‘t have any tips I‘m afraid, just generic ‘mental health is shit eh‘. I‘m not asleep because of low level anxiety rn despite being pretty sure tiredness causes the anxiety 🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️solidarity always, we‘ll keep muddling on and there will be moments of big beauty and happiness sometimes while we muddle through 3y
Megabooks @wanderinglynn Thanks for the heads up! I‘ll look into them. 😁 3y
Megabooks @Emilymdxn I emailed her, too. 💗 I‘m sorry you‘re not sleeping right now. Anxiety sucks. I feel like anxiety robs me of my today so much. I get in a state where I just feel stuck in it and can‘t enjoy life as much as I should. And so much truth to your last sentence 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 I hope you are asleep now. 3y
cobwebmoth This book is one of my favorite nonfiction reads. She and I seem to have a similar thought process. I'm sorry things are rough right now. Big hugs to you.❤ 3y
Megabooks @cobwebmoth Thanks, friend! 💕 it is definitely top five all-time reads for me. 3y
Dawnrod1970 Loved this book! 3y
Megabooks @Dawn_Rodriguez1970 👍🏻👍🏻💙 3y
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#unpopularopinion Everyone seems to love this book, but sadly not me. I wanted to. I really feel for her, and can‘t imagine how hard her life has been since she was gang raped at the age of 12. Horrible! However, I don‘t like repetition, and the book was all about repeating. I understand that that‘s the process she had/has to go through, but I don‘t enjoy repetition in books, and it‘s the book I‘m reviewing, not her life or personality.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I'm not a huge fan of her memoir type books. I wish she wrote more fiction, because this is one of my all time favourite books 3y
Tove_Reads @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego This is the only one I‘ve read so far. Need to check that one out! 3y
BarbaraBB Oh no your opinion is very popular with me. I was definitely not a fan too. 3y
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“This is a book about learning, however slowly, to allow myself to be seen and understood.”

Another Texas Saturday by the pool— I have a fun read and a scholarly read to dive into 🏊🏼‍♀️💦 Hunger has been on my reading list for a while, and since I work in health care I‘ve had a long interest in medical ethics. Can‘t wait to start both of these!!

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“When I wear my typical uniform, it feels like safety, like I can hide in plain sight. I become less of a target. I am taking up space, but I am doing so in an unassuming manner so I am less of a problem, less of a disturbance. This is what I tell myself. “ from Roxane Gay‘s Hunger: A Memoir of my Body.

#quotsyjune19 #uniform

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I like memoirs/nonfiction by women who are #Defiant about Western cultural norms of beauty/thinness. As a bigger woman myself, I feel a kinship with them.

I chose #Defiant as the first day of #StarTrekSummerJune because it‘s the name of the ship that the DS9ers use. The episode also closes up the Will Riker body double storyline, & it opens up a number of storylines eventually leading the Cardassians to join the Dominion. & I love Kira episodes!

QueenJen Proud bigger woman here as well 🥂 4y
Megabooks @QueenJen Cheers! 🥂 4y
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This was tough to listen to. Not a happy book, but a story well-told.

After being raped at age 12, the author eats in order to build up her body and try to feel safer. So sad. I admire the author for speaking her truth.

gradcat I really relate to this author—she‘s such a great writer. 4y
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“I had finally, after more than thirty years, found a best friend who saw the best and worst parts of me, and even if I didn‘t talk about what was going on, she was there and I could have told her and it would have been fine. That‘s a powerful thing, knowing you can reveal yourself to someone. It made me want to be a better person.”

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“I‘m a feminist and I believe in doing away with the rigid beauty standards that force women to conform to unrealistic ideals. I believe we should have broader definitions of beauty that include diverse body types. I believe it is so important for women to feel comfortable in their bodies, without wanting to change every single thing about their bodies to find that comfort.”

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This was a raw, honest, generous memoir from Roxane Gay. She discusses how thoroughly and devastatingly she was impacted by a terrible sexual assault when she was 12 (I feel like I'm the last person to read this but if you haven't mega content warning!). She talks about her body, her fatness, the ways that the world treats fat people and her pathway to healing from trauma. Powerful read! #queerbooks

Stephaniereads1 I loved this one! 4y
LauraBrook I bought this one close to release day and still haven‘t read it. 🤦🏻‍♀️ Glad you like it so much! 4y
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This is what most girls are taught — that we should be slender and small. We should not take up space. We should be seen and not heard, and if we are seen, we should be pleasing to men, acceptable to society. And most women know this, that we are supposed to disappear, but it‘s something that needs to be said, loudly, over and over again, so that we can resist surrendering to what is expected of us.” (p. 13)

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Currently listening to. Ouch, my heart.

#memoir

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Next up on audiobook!

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Cinfhen Loved this memoir!!!! 4y
gradcat Yaaasss! 4y
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Joanster5
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I picked this up at the library without knowing anything about it. I thought her story was interesting and you could understand her reasoning for being super morbidly obese. It was pretty candid.