Jessica Simpson

'Hunger,' Roxane Gay's striking memoir of food, trauma and the body, is ferociously honest

'Hunger,' Roxane Gay's striking memoir of food, trauma and the body, is ferociously honest

Like the majority of women in America, I think about nearly every piece of food that I put into my mouth. We all know why too. Because apart from money, thinness is the country’s most valued and desired currency. If you are a woman, of any race, it’s nearly impossible not to internalize this mainstream mantra of emaciation as the end goal, but if preempted and perpetuated by sexual assault, a woman’s body can become the towering embodiment of exquisite pain. Such is the case for Roxane Gay, whose latest work, “Hunger,” is a memoir of her body and how she has lived in and with it since surviving a horrible act of violence.

Gay, who rose to literary stardom in 2014 with her cheeky,...

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