Launch of Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body
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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 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.”
— Roxane Gay
Roxane Gay, the New York Times bestselling author of Bad Feminist, celebrates the release of her latest book, Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body. In her phenomenally popular essays and long-running Tumblr, Gay has written with intimacy and sensitivity about food and body, using her own struggles as a means of exploring our shared anxieties over pleasure, consumption, appearance, and health. In Hunger, she explores her past—including the devastating act of violence that acted as a turning point in her young life—and her journey to understand and ultimately save herself.
Gay is one of the most admired writers of her generation, best known for her bracing candor, vulnerability, and power. She is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times and the author of the books Ayiti, An Untamed State, Bad Feminist, and Difficult Women. Her work has appeared in Best American Mystery Stories 2014, Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, A Public Space, McSweeney’s, Tin House, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, Virginia Quarterly Review, and many others. She is also the author of World of Wakanda for Marvel.