~~Hunger by Roxane Gay~~
I don't always read books very quickly, but I devoured this one (pun mostly not intended). Hunger is so raw and I think Roxane is super brave for writing it. Initially, it really frustrated me and I wanted to toss it aside. It frustrated me because she seemed to give a lot of excuses. It frustrated me because I've given a lot of those excuses. It frustrated me because she called out how society treats people, treats women, treats fat women. It frustrated me because I've experienced that treatment and have dished out that treatment.
About 2/3 of the way through, I began nodding along with Roxane as she said things like, "Why do we view the boundaries people create for themselves as challenges?" and "I don't hate myself the way society expects me to until I have a bad day and then I do hate myself. I disgust myself." So I say, to Roxane, if you even trouble yourself with reading these: I do not pity you, but I am sorry for what you experienced. Experience. Every single day. And I feel guilty for being secretly glad you're exactly you because that means you write things like this, which I get to read. It means your words reach me. Thank you for being brave enough to write them.