Crying in H Mart: A Memoir
By Michelle Zauner
An unflinching, powerful memoir about growing up Korean American, losing a mother, and Asian supermarkets.
A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
In this exquisite story of family, food, grief, and endurance, Michelle Zauner of indie band Japanese Breakfast fame, 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 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 25, 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, Michelle'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.
Read if: someone says "Have you eaten?" and what you hear is "I love you and I care".