Hey, guys! I recently tried out a new endeavor where I address one of my biggest passions in life – reading! Books are one of my favorite things in the world and they mean so much more when they hit close to home. I wanted to read something inspiring and something that would make me think, feel and learn. This is why I reached for Hunger by Roxane Gay. Roxane’s book Hunger was a revelation to read. I have recognized so many moments of my own life whilst I was reading. I know this video is a bit on the longer site, but I do share some of my views on the plus size and body shaming culture as well, so check it out if you are interested.
This is what Goodreads says about the book. MY thoughts are in the video.
From the 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 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.