Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body Audiobook, by Roxane Gay Play Audiobook Sample

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body Audiobook

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body Audiobook, by Roxane Gay Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Roxane Gay Publisher: HarperAudio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 4.00 hours at 1.5x Speed 3.00 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: June 2017 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780062470256

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Longest Chapter Length:

15:43 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

12 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

03:58 minutes

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Publisher Description

From the New York Times 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 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.

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“There’s no better person to narrate this audio than Roxane Gay herself. Her calm, consistent inflections are juxtaposed with the content of the audiobook, which unfolds her conflicts about her body…Her story is felt because content and narration explore the concept of un/control of the body, self, and existence through her voice.”

— AudioFile 


  • “For such a vulnerable, raw memoir, no one but the author could voice the breathtaking revelations, brutal truths, and profound knowledge contained here…Audiences are likely to find Hunger a difficult—yet rewarding—experience, as well.”

    — Library Journal (starred audio review)
  • “Roxane Gay shows us how to be decent to ourselves and decent to one another.”

    — Ann Patchett, #1 New York Times bestselling author
  • “The book’s short, sharp chapters come alive in vivid personal anecdotes.”

    — Entertainment Weekly
  • “Gay turns to memoir in this powerful reflection on her childhood traumas…Timely and resonant, you can be sure that Hunger will touch a nerve.”

    — Newsday
  • “Searing.”

    — Miami Herald
  • “A work of staggering honesty…Poignantly told.”

    — New Republic
  • “Wrenching, deeply moving…a memoir that’s so brave, so raw, it feels as if [Gay]’s entrusting you with her soul.”

    — Seattle Times


  • A BookRiot Pick of Most Anticipated Books of 2017
  • Washington Post Top 10 Book That We Loved
  • Amazon Best Book of the Month for June
  • New York Times bestseller
  • Longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction
  • A Library Journal Best Audiobook of 2017
  • A People Magazine Best Book of 2017
  • A Time Magazine Best Book of 2017
  • An Elle Magazine Pick for Best Books of 2017
  • A Chicago Tribune Best Book of the Year
  • A Los Angeles Times Best Book of 2017
  • Finalist for the 2018 Indies Choice Book Award for Best Audiobook

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About Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay is a New York Times bestselling author of several books and story collections. Her writing has appeared in Time, Los Angeles Times, New York Times Book Review, Nation, Rumpus, Glamour, Salon, the Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy culture blog, Best American Mystery Stories 2014, Best American Short Stories 2012, and many others. She is the coeditor of PANK and essays editor for the Rumpus.