Thursday, 31 August 2017

Hunger by Roxane Gay

Posted by Lesley Sackett Winfield

My reaction to this book was unexpected. When it was recommended to me through our book club, I thought, here we go, another book about being fat. In some aspects the book was exactly that. However, Roxane Gay made me see body image and specifically the judgment of other women's bodies in a completely new light. Ultimately, you never really know someone's story! I think everyone should read this book

Good Reads Description:
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.