Updated to add the link to the TOB Nonfiction Pop up.
Undestroying Myself. Revel in my freedom. Terribly Human. Truth to Creation.
Thoughts by Roxane Gay, HarperAudio 2017, 5 hours 57 minutes
Narrated by the author and admirably so.
Challenge: TOB nonfiction MAY
Genre: Nonfiction. Memoir.
Type/Source: Audiobook / Audible
Why I read this now: TOB
MOTIVATION for READING: I have had this book on my tbr since I first heard of it. I enjoyed the raw honesty of Bad Feminist. I still have yet and want to read her fiction.
I went with the audiobook because it seemed right to her own voice to her words. Others agreed and announced it a good way to experience.
WHAT’s it ABOUT: Ms. Gay tells all about her struggle with her self-image, her self reality, and what is to blame. It’s raw, it’s intense.
WHAT’s GOOD: I like how she simply and powerfully states her truth.
What’s NOT so good: There’s so much ache. How can you dare judge? It’s her story. You might not do or react the same. You might make different choices but what is the point of considering? It’s so complex, so difficult; hard.
I like these memoirs because of the honesty and raw truth. Don’t like it or do admire it but it’s a contrast to consider how one might react – the same or different and why it might be important. It’s not important; there is not better best yes. It just is.
I’ve always thought Roxane Gay to be brave – she is outspoken and opinionated and dares express it on Twitter which we all know tends to gather the worst of humanity in response.
This book testifies that she is courageous and brave and forceful and doing her as best as her can be a-doin’ it.
FINAL THOUGHTS: I thought it interesting that I had in the past considered an idea that I would be a terrific technical writer and here is RG, a writer who fell into a tech-writing job. Just one of those odd pauses in my life when I wondered, what if? What if I had pursued it rather than wished it? And how can some people just find themselves doing things that I was to scared to ask if I could do? Again, “Huh.”
As for “fat” books as a genre? Eek, that sounds… wrong but also great. Anyway, if you like this book, I recommend Shrill – which I just heard has been optioned for some kind of film! OH YEA. Shrill was quite powerful on the Fat and Feminist genre niches.
RATING: Five slices of pie. Cherry pie and brownie pie.
Come on, Ina! Invite RG to be a guest on your show!! (Has she already invited her?! did I miss it?)
I am excited to see what TOB does with these three books. I just downloaded the audiobook of Blackout by Sarah Hepola to round out this Nonfiction-full discussion event in May.
Tuesday, May 1: Introduction
Friday, May 4: Hunger, first half
Tuesday, May 8: Hunger, second half
Friday, May 11: Educated, first half
Tuesday, May 15: Educated, second half
Friday, May 18: Priestdaddy, first half
Tuesday, May 22: Priestdaddy, second half
Friday, May 25: Wrap-up
Audible hopes you’ve enjoyed this program.
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