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Crying in H Mart: A Memoir

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Michelle Zauner

7 Hours 23 Minutes

Random House (Audio)

April 2021

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From the indie rockstar of Japanese Breakfast fame, 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, Crying in H Mart is a book to cherish, share, and reread.

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    Having lost my mother recently, this story really resonated with me. Loved the complicated story of a mother and her daughter intertwined with her descriptions of food and it’s importance in her life.

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  • Anonymous

    heartbreaking and moving. it brought me to tears

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  • Anonymous

    I relate to this book heavily. Great read!

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  • Katie W.

    Heart wrenching and important story, beautifully narrated by the author herself. My mother is still living and I am so inspired to heal our relationship before it's too late.

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  • Haifa S.

    It has been a few months since i listened to this book, i still find myself thinking about Michelle and how she is doing.

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  • Arianna M.

    A delicate story powerfully told

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  • Abbey V.

    A beautiful and painful account of loss, caregiving and personal growth.

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  • Gwynn H.

    A fascinating exploration of food and culture along the trail of life and grief.

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  • Claire M.

    Loved this book and the beautiful connection between food, memory, healing and love.

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