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Crying in H Mart: A Memoir

Crying in H Mart: A Memoir


Book Overview: Crying in H Mart: A Memoir

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - From the indie rock sensation known as Japanese Breakfast, an unforgettable memoir about family, food, grief, love, and growing up Korean American--"in losing her mother and cooking to bring her back to life, Zauner became herself" (NPR). - CELEBRATING OVER ONE YEAR ON THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER LIST

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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Publication Date2023
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Michelle Zauner is an accomplished author and musician, best known for her indie rock project "Japanese Breakfast." Born in Seoul, South Korea, and raised in Eugene, Oregon, Zauner achieved a resounding success in the music industry before turning to literature. In 2021, she released her debut memoir, "Crying in H Mart", a New York Times bestseller that explores her experiences with identity, heritage, and loss following her mother's death. The memoir was praised for its tender exploration of Zauner's Korean-American identity and was an extension of a viral 2018 New Yorker essay. Alongside her writing, Zauner continues to produce music with "Japanese Breakfast", characterized by its unique blend of indie pop, rock, and electronica.


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