Crying in H Mart: A Memoir

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Alfred A. Knopf, 2021 - Biography & Autobiography - 256 pages
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A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR - NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER - From the indie rockstar of Japanese Breakfast fame, one of TIME's Most Influential People of 2022, and author of the viral 2018 New Yorker essay that shares the title of this book, an unflinching, powerful memoir about growing up Korean American, losing her mother, and forging her own identity.

In this exquisite story of family, food, grief, and endurance, Michelle Zauner proves herself far more than a dazzling singer, songwriter, and guitarist. With humor and heart, she tells of growing up one of the few Asian American kids at her school in Eugene, Oregon; of struggling with her mother's particular, high expectations of her; of a painful adolescence; of treasured months spent in her grandmother's tiny apartment in Seoul, where she and her mother would bond, late at night, over heaping plates of food.

As she grew up, moving to the East Coast for college, finding work in the restaurant industry, and performing gigs with her fledgling band--and meeting the man who would become her husband--her Koreanness began to feel ever more distant, even as she found the life she wanted to live. It was her mother's diagnosis of terminal cancer, when Michelle was twenty-five, that forced a reckoning with her identity and brought her to reclaim the gifts of taste, language, and history her mother had given her.

Vivacious and plainspoken, lyrical and honest, Zauner's voice is as radiantly alive on the page as it is onstage. Rich with intimate anecdotes that will resonate widely, and complete with family photos, Crying in H Mart is a book to cherish, share, and reread.

 

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User Review  - DanDiercks - LibraryThing

Not too many years ago novels featuring food were popular. A quick Google search brought a group of 32 such novels including Like Water for Chocolate, Joy Luck Club, and Chocolat. In some cases ... Read full review

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User Review  - Maydacat - LibraryThing

This very personal and intimate memoir about the author and her dying mother is quite touching. But it was really too personal. The author disclosed things that, in my opinion, should have been kept ... Read full review

Contents

Crying in H Mart
3
New York Style
36
Living and Dying
119
What Procellous Awesomeness Does Not in You Abound?
130
Law and Order
145
A Heavy Hand
149
Lovely
158
My Heart Will Go On
170
Jatjuk
182
Little Axe
192
Maangchi and Me
207
Kimchi Fridge
217
Coffee Hanjan
228
Acknowledgments
241
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About the author (2021)

MICHELLE ZAUNER is best known as a singer and guitarist who creates dreamy, shoegaze-inspired indie pop under the name Japanese Breakfast. She has won acclaim from major music outlets around the world for releases like Psychopomp (2016) and Soft Sounds from Another Planet (2017).

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