by Roxane Gay

Quick take

Here is a woman saying things that have needed to be said for ages, but she’s the first one to say it.

Why I love it

'œI hate myself. Or society tells me I am supposed to hate myself, so I guess this, at least, is something I’m doing right.' In her explosive new memoir, Book of the Month guest judge Roxane Gay confronts with insight and with anger, the trials of being an overweight woman. Despite being one of the most compelling and celebrated voices of our time, Gay must cope with the ways her body doesn’t fit...


Bestselling author Roxane Gay has written with intimacy and sensitivity about food and bodies, 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 'œwildly undisciplined,' Roxane understands the tension between desire and denial, between self-comfort and self-...

Member thoughts

56% Love
35% Like
8% Dislike
  • Karin N.

    Chicago, IL

    "Highly recommend--gives voice to her struggles, and trauma."

  • Sara P.

    Cincinnati , OH

    "Perhaps my size, experiences, and even gender make me biased, but this is EXCELLENT, IMO; wish I could make everyone read this eye opener! I applaud her honesty-w/ reader and moreso herself. "

  • Breanna M.

    Oak Park, MI

    "Very poignant. I've already recommended this book to several people."

  • Nicole S.

    Chicago , IL

    "Beautiful memoir of a strong woman. One of my favorite writers by far. "

  • Gillian M.

    Peachtree Corners, GA

    "Anyone who has even minor issues with their body or food can find ways to identify. Gay's writing touches your heart and soul and makes you scream YES!"

  • Anna K.

    Brooklyn, NY

    "Roxane knows how to tap into your soul. Funny and real, Hunger provides a compelling perspective on a topic which is not explored often enough."

  • Sarah v.

    Berkeley, CA

    "Raw and unflinching look at the author's feelings about her body, her agency and her past. Eye opening look at what it means to be fat (her self-identifier) in an image obsessed world. "

  • Rachel C.

    Tulsa, OK

    "Self-loathing and empowering all at once. Brilliant recounts of the indignities that befall a large woman in today's oh-so-visual society. Wonderful. "

  • Jennifer B.

    Portland , OR

    "What an emotional story...although I couldn't relate to the tragedy that the author experienced, I could relate to her feeling of wanting to disappear into the world..."

  • Devon S.

    Bagdad , KY

    "Roxane Gay is a fantastic writer. She provides great insight on whatever topic she chooses to tackle. This collection of essays was both engaging, bittersweet and thought provoking. "

  • Tonja W.

    La Verne, CA

    "Real, raw and important! "