Crying in H Mart

Crying in H Mart Details

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 the only Asian American kid 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 pancreatic 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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Title:Crying in H Mart
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    Crying in H Mart Reviews

  • Cindy

    It feels weird to rate this book, because while reading it, I felt like the book was not intended to be for anybody but the author herself. She dives into all the food associated with her culture and ...

  • Lucy Dacus

    I was worried I’d have some bias in favor of this book since Michelle is a pal, but I can confidently say that, by any metric, it’s incredible. Lots of tears, but some laughs too. It’s a bare an...

  • Sofia

    Crying in H Mart is my favorite book of all time. The quiet devastation, the raw emotion, the sheer wisdom inside its pages. It brought tears to my eyes practically every other page. I've never gone t...

  • Anne Bogel

    I loved this book. Review to follow. ...

  • niri

    this book is so good also it sent me into a depressive spiral...

  • Miranda Reads

    Hi all! The March Reading Vlog is up!! The Written Review I had no idea what I was getting into... and now I'm just all out sobbing at the thought of losing my mother. Best book I've read in a lo...

  • AnnaLuce

    / / / Read more reviews on my blog / / /“The time I was born, my unborn cravings, the first book I read. The formation of every characteristic. Every ailment and little victory. She observed me wit...

  • Jenny Lawson

    A poignant and evocative memoir....

  • Jessica Woodbury

    This is not your usual grief memoir and it's better for it. It considers not only the loss of a loved one, but the loss of the author's connection through her mother to her Korean roots.This absolutel...

  • Leesa

    A Perfect Book. Immersive and overflowing w v Real, v Complicated Emotions and so funny and so sad in the way it has to be/the way life actually is. The way relationships actually are. The way familie...