Jay Grabiec


Roxane Gay

June 15
7 p.m.

Roxane Gay is one of the fiercest voices for female empowerment. Known for riling up readers, she’s written powerful pieces across genres. They include her novel An Untamed State, about a kidnapping in Haiti; the New York Times bestselling essay collection Bad Feminist; and the short stories of feisty females in Difficult Women. In her new book, Hunger, Gay digs deep and gets personal. After being gang-raped at 12 years old, she seeks comfort in food and uses weight gain as a buffer against a dangerous world. “I ate and ate and ate in the hopes that if I made myself big, my body would be safe,” she writes. At her heaviest, Gay was 600 pounds, or what is medically known as “super morbidly obese.” With ruthless honesty, she takes readers into her “wildly undisciplined” body, revealing “the ugliest, weakest, barest parts of me.” Far from a self-help or motivational book, this is a distressing and courageous memoir that cuts straight to the emotional core of what it feels like to live in “a cage of my own making.”