What to Read: Memoirs

What to Read: Memoirs

With the development and launch our new trauma-informed nutrition curriculum, Around the Table, we are reading favorite books with fresh eyes, and are drawn to new books that explore the issues we care about. Welcome to our new “Friday Favorites” blog series.

Today our staff shares three books written by authors who let us into their worlds. We are in awe of the humility, vulnerability, and talent they bring to these incredible titles.


By Kiese Laymon

From Amazon: In Heavy, Laymon writes eloquently and honestly about growing up a hard-headed black son to a complicated and brilliant black mother in Jackson, Mississippi. From his early experiences of sexual violence, to his suspension from college, to time in New York as a college professor, Laymon charts his complex relationship with his mother, grandmother, anorexia, obesity, sex, writing, and ultimately gambling… [Keep reading]


By Roxane Gay

From Amazon: 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… [Keep reading]

On the Clock: What Low-Wage Work Did to Me and How It Drives America Insane

By Emily Guendelsber

From Amazon: ON THE CLOCK explores the lengths that half of Americans will go to in order to make a living, offering not only a better understanding of the modern workplace, but also surprising solutions to make work more humane for millions of Americans… [Keep reading]

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