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November Meetup: Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, by Roxane Gay
We will meet on Sunday afternoon in the Crossroads area of KC to discuss "Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body" by Roxane Gay. As described on Amazon: From the New York Times bestselling author of Bad Feminist: a searingly honest memoir of food, weight, self-image, and learning how to feed your hunger while taking care of yourself. “I ate and ate and ate in the hopes that if I made myself big, my body would be safe. I buried the girl I was because she ran into all kinds of trouble. I tried to erase every memory of her, but she is still there, somewhere. . . . I was trapped in my body, one that I barely recognized or understood, but at least I was safe.” In her phenomenally popular essays and long-running Tumblr blog, Roxane Gay has written with intimacy and sensitivity about food and body, using her own emotional and psychological struggles as a means of exploring our shared anxieties over pleasure, consumption, appearance, and health. As a woman who describes her own body as “wildly undisciplined,” Roxane understands the tension between desire and denial, between self-comfort and self-care. In Hunger, she explores her past—including the devastating act of violence that acted as a turning point in her young life—and brings readers along on her journey to understand and ultimately save herself. With the bracing candor, vulnerability, and power that have made her one of the most admired writers of her generation, Roxane explores what it means to learn to take care of yourself: how to feed your hungers for delicious and satisfying food, a smaller and safer body, and a body that can love and be loved—in a time when the bigger you are, the smaller your world becomes.

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This book club was created for women who want to read about the empowerment, equality, and encouragement of women. From learning about the lives of great women through biographies, to enjoying fictional stories of strong female characters, I started this group to meet others who seek a hopeful future through feminism. All types of literature are game and all with a love of reading are welcome. Past books we've read include:
The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, by Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhnik
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem
Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires behind the Rise of the Radical Right by Jane Mayer
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King
Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman by Anne Helen Petersen
Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin by Jill Lepore
Ashley’s War by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman
The Power by Naomi Alderman
Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Yes We (Still) Can: Politics in the Age of Obama, Twitter, and Trump by Dan Pfeiffer
Dear Madam President: An Open Letter to Women Who Will Run the World by Jennifer Palmieri
Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

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