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Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body
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"Powerful. . . . fierce. . . . Gay has a vivid, telegraphic writing style, which serves her well. Repetitive and recursive, it propels the reader forward with unstoppable force."--Associated Press "Her spare prose, written with a raw grace, heightens the emotional resonance of her story, making each observation sharper, each revelation more riveting. . . . It is a thing of raw beauty."--USA Today "A work of staggering honesty . . . . Poignantly told."--New Republic "[Gay is] hilarious. But she also confronts more difficult issues of race, sexual assault, body image, and the immigrant experience. She makes herself vulnerable and it's refreshing."--Tanvi Misra, Atlantic, "The Best Book I Read This Year" "Roxane Gay is the brilliant girl-next-door: your best friend and your sharpest critic. . . . She is by turns provocative, chilling, hilarious; she is also required reading."--People Praise for Bad Feminist "A strikingly fresh cultural critic."--Ron Charles, Washington Post "A work of exceptional courage by a writer of exceptional talent."--Shelf Awareness (starred review) "Searing."--Miami Herald "It is a deeply honest witness, often heartbreaking, and always breathtaking. . . . Gay is one of our most vital essayists and critics."--Minneapolis Star Tribune "Searing, smart, readable. . . . "Hunger," like Ta-Nehisi Coates' "Between the World and Me," interrogates the fortunes of black bodies in public spaces. . . . Nothing seems gratuitous; a lot seems brave. There is an incantatory element of repetition to "Hunger" The very short chapters scallop over the reader like waves."--Newsday "Hunger is Gay at her most lacerating and probing. . . . Anyone familiar with Gay's books or tweets knows she also wields a dagger-sharp wit." --Boston Globe "Bracingly vivid. . . . Remarkable. . . . Undestroyed, unruly, unfettered, Ms. Gay, live your life. We are all better for having you do so in the same ferociously honest fashion that you have written this book."--Los Angeles Times "This is the book to read this summer . . . she's such a compelling mind . . . . Anyone who has a body should read this book."--Isaac Fitzgerald on the Today show "The book's short, sharp chapters come alive in vivid personal anecdotes. . . . And on nearly every page, Gay's raw, powerful prose plants a flag, facing down decades of shame and self-loathing by reclaiming the body she never should have had to lose."--Entertainment Weekly "Luminous. . . . intellectually rigorous and deeply moving."--The New York Times Book Review "Displays bravery, resilience, and naked honesty from the first to last page. . . . Stunning . . . essential reading."--Library Journal (starred review) "A heart-rending debut memoir from the outspoken feminist and essayist. . . . An intense, unsparingly honest portrait of childhood crisis and its enduring aftermath."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "This raw and graceful memoir digs deeply into what it means to be comfortable in one's body. Gay denies that hers is a story of "triumph," but readers will be hard pressed to find a better word."--Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Wrenching, deeply moving. . . a memoir that's so brave, so raw, it feels as if [Gay]'s entrusting you with her soul."--Seattle Times

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