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Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body

Key insights from Roxane Gay's

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body

Key insights from Roxane Gay's

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body

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An honest expression of shame and empowerment in an unaccommodating world.

This Snapshot explores Roxane Gay’s moving story about shame, vulnerability, trauma, and strength. Learn how widespread the damages of sexual violence can be, and how a girl simply tried to cope with them by making her body a fortress. Roxane hungers for safety and acceptance, but more than anything she hungers to be comfortable in her own skin.

Read this Snapshot if you:

  • Want to understand the effects of trauma and shame
  • Are interested in human stories and life experiences
  • Enjoy fresh, honest perspectives of the world
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Each of our bodies has a unique story to tell. This is a memoir of Roxane’s body and her hunger.

It’s not a story with stark before and after photos, nor is it a tale of harnessing willpower. It’s not a story of success, but a story of truth — a confession.

Roxane was 577 pounds at her heaviest. She is smaller now, but she isn’t small. She never will be, not least because she stands at 6 feet 3 inches tall. In a world that tells women to be small, to not take up space, Roxane will always take up space. But she doesn’t want to be noticed: She wants to hide.

Her size is of her...

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