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“My body is a cage. My body is a cage of my own making. I am still trying to figure my way out of it. I have been trying to figure a way out of it for more than twenty years.”
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 own 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.
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.
Hunger was the first book I have read that I enjoyed so much that I ate while reading it. I instantly connected with Roxane in both the most obvious, peculiar and saddening ways. She has a way of writing that makes it feel like a conversation. Albeit one sided of course. There are many women and men that have had to deal with being sexually violated in some way. We all deal with it differently but each way is understandable. I am grateful for Roxane Gray’s honesty and courage. I am grateful to know I am not alone. YOU are not alone. Your weight does not define you. Your past does not define you. Don’t give up on your goals and if you can, share your experiences so others know they are not alone.
Very inspiring. This memoir was like none I’ve read before. I mean I love this lady, whom I have never met. She hits many awesome points that many have experienced, some personal to myself, but she makes it clear that this is her unique experience.
Obese people are still people. So keep your unsolicited advice. You’re not helping. Everyday we have to look in the mirror just like everyone else. When I was young and someone would say “You’re fat!”, I would say “I know.” and that always ended the conversation. I wasn’t going to let someone who had no idea what I did everyday and knew nothing about me to ruin my self love. An assumption that we are lazy because we are fat is widely overdue for a rude awakening. I exercise regularly, my thighs are sore right now from doing 100 squats yesterday. But looking at me people would assume I just sit around all day and eat snacks. I don’t even like snacks.
Don’t tell me how I’m doing a great job by being in the gym. You know how discouraging that is? Just let me be. I mean would you walk up to a smaller person and say the same thing? I have yet to see anyone snatch a cigarette from a smoker’s mouth and replace it with a carrot so stay out of my cart please. My family complains every night because I make sure vegetables are on their plates. When my daughter has friends over they know they have to finish their vegetables first. Looking at me, you wouldn’t know that. I have a condition that makes loosing weight more of a struggle for me. Not everyone with PCOS struggles with weight but some of us do and I’m one of them.
In conclusion, expect more post about Roxane Gay’s books and writings. Favorite author so far this year. I recommend this memoir because it will give you a taste of life from a different point of view. Read it if you’re struggling with weight loss or even if you’re not. Read it if you know someone who is struggling with weight loss or is obese. Read it if you have never read a memoir in your life, just read it.
5 out of 5 stars!
Leaving you with another quote I highlighted and loved.
“He said/she said is why so many victims (or survivors, if you prefer that terminology) don’t come forward. All too often, what “he said” matters more, so we just swallow the truth. We swallow it, and more often than not, that truth turns rancid.”