Rox­ane Gay has a knack for turn­ing uncom­fort­able truths into nec­es­sary read­ing. The author, whose much-cel­e­brat­ed works, Bad Fem­i­nist (2014) and Dif­fi­cult () made her a  for mil­len­ni­al fem­i­nists, has nev­er shied from get­ting , but her lat­est project, a mem­oir called Hunger , goes deep. Gay unflinch­ing­ly guides read­ers through an explo­ration of pain, desire, and the real­i­ties of her life as an over­weight woman, fol­low­ing a cat­a­clysmic ear­ly trau­ma back to the root, and record­ing the rever­ber­a­tions that event has had on the rest of her life. Gang raped at 12 by a band of boys led by her first crush, unwill­ing to tell her what hap­pened to her (and, in her belief, shat­ter their per­cep­tion of her as a “good girl”), Gay used food as a cop­ing mech­a­nism as she sought the pro­tec­tion of a body she believed to be both removed from male desire and strong enough to fight back, a wish that ulti­mate­ly proved destruc­tive. A pro­lif­ic essay­ist and cul­tur­al crit­ic, Gay has tack­led sub­jects both light­heart­ed and grave before. Unpack­ing the allure of Bey­on­cé as nim­bly as she cre­ates fan­ta­sy-tinged short sto­ries, poems, and the adven­tures of élite female […]