Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay

Writer Roxane Gay’s memoir, which came out in 2017, is both devastating and enlightening. In it, Gay writes about the experience of having a body that she calls “wildly undisciplined.” After surviving a violent sexual assault at age 12, she turns to food to build a fortress around her body to keep her safe. She discusses vividly and emotionally the way her body and those that have bodies like hers feels and is perceived to the world. She writes, “This is a memoir of (my) body because, more often than not, stories of bodies like mine are ignored or dismissed or derided. People see bodies like mine and make their assumptions. They think they know the why of my body. They do not.” I loved Gay’s language and voice, especially because she’s writing about something deeply personal. — Julie Travers