A Memoir of (my) Body

Audiobook CD - 2017
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"'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 had been 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 I made but barely recognized or understood. I was miserable, but I was safe.' In this intimate and searing memoir, ... bestselling author Roxane Gay addresses the experience of living in a body that she calls 'wildly undisciplined.' She casts an insightful and critical eye over her childhood, teens, and twenties--including the devastating act of violence that was a turning point in her young life--and brings readers into the present and the realities, pains, and joys of her daily life. With the bracing candor, vulnerability, and authority that have made her one of the most admired voices of her generation, Roxane explores what it means to be overweight in a time when the bigger you are, the less you are seen. Hunger is a deeply personal memoir from one of our finest writers, and it tells a story that hasn't yet been told but needs to be." -- Book jacket.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper Audio, [2017]
Edition: Unabridged
Copyright Date: ℗2017
ISBN: 0062569686
Branch Call Number: CD 306.4613 GAY
Characteristics: audio file,CD audio,rda
5 audio discs (6 hr.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in


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AL_JANE Dec 04, 2017

This was a powerful honest and startling. I have newfound empathy for those who struggle with the side effects of not only sexual violence but also morbid obesity. A thought-provoking read, for sure!

AL_LESLEY Oct 26, 2017

Extremely powerful, this brutally honest and overwhelmingly personal memoir was very moving and has definitely inspired me to check out her other works.

Jul 25, 2017

In her most honest writing yet, Gay explores the intersection of women's bodies, food, and psychological pain in contemporary American culture. As she navigates a hate-filled world with a larger body, she describes (often in painful tones) the many indignities and injustices that she receives from others and herself. From family to friends to strangers, Gay is adept at uncovering the true meanings from others' body language, guarded looks, and "honeyed" words. Written in short chapters, the last sentence is often a strong, memorable punch line to the preceding paragraphs and vignettes. I listened to the audio version where Gay disproves my theory that authors should not read their own works. Her voice range is impressive which makes it interesting for the reader.


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