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Crying in H Mart
Crying in H Mart: A Memoir | Michelle Zauner
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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, and complete with family photos, Crying in H Mart is a book to cherish, share, and reread.
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Cazxxx
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Cup of herbal tea and a couple of chapters of this book. Reading as a buddy read and enjoying it a lot more than I thought I would

BkClubCare This book was listed on a “22 Books Every HR Leader Should Read” 😄 6h
Cazxxx @BkClubCare ooh that‘s interesting! 😁 4h
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Soubhiville
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This book has gotten tons of love here on Litsy, and it‘s well deserved. Zauner‘s memoir is a wonderful tribute to her relationship with her mom and describes the grief of losing her poignantly.

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I waited so long to read this. Loved reading the names of all the foods and the extraordinary mother. Sad.

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Crying in H Mart is an emotional yet sincere memoir focusing on a mother and daughter‘s unconditional love and bond.

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Super intense book. I liked the depictions of food and culture and mom/daughter dynamics. I got this as a “skip the line” copy from my library (It‘s been on hold forever and still had 6 weeks to go!!!), anyways, I had to finish it in 7 days and boy was I desperate for a break. It‘s a piece you need some time to digest. Still, really heartfelt and interesting.

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Such a great read! Michelle Zauner writes simply but beautifully about her complicated relationship with her tough but “lovely” mother, about her grief once she loses her, and about her Korean heritage and how she struggled to feel like it was apart of her. I teared up countless times. And it was very relatable.

Recommend!

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Moll
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It's tricky to put this one into words and do it justice; it was raw and vulnerable and genuinely quite hard to read at points - it had me in tears more than once. I learnt so much about Korean food and culture and identity along the way as well. Really very good

KristiAhlers I really connected with this book on so many levels as far as loss and grieving goes. This is one book I‘ve been recommending to everyone 3w
Moll @KristiAhlers It really touched me also! 2w
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christhelesbian
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Wow wow wow.
I can‘t count the amount of times I cried while reading this. She explains how it feels to be biracial in America so well like wow
“it was so ironic that I, who once longed to resemble my white peers and desperately hoped my Koreanness would go unnoticed, was now absolutely terrified that this stranger in the bathhouse could not see it.”
This hit too close to home bc Teta is sick and only has 4 months left. Teta is my Uma

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The hype is real kids, this is a very moving, well-crafted grief/food memoir. Zauner explores complex parent/child relationships, the loss of a parent and the ensuing grief, the significance of culture and the rituals through which culture is lived in our lives, and the feeling of not quite belonging anywhere with sensitivity and vulnerability. This memoir is authentic and resonant. I had no complaints, highly recommended.

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I‘m happy with the collection of books in this grid. I‘ll be thinking about the tagged for a long time, and it made me realize as I move through the aching loss of my sister, it‘s music rather than our shared food where I find my comfort.

5* = Loved It, want to shout out loud about this book! I do/will own/keep a physical copy. A+
4*= I liked it, would love to discuss. Solid B
3*=Meh, no need to discuss. Average C
2*=Nope D
1*=DNF F

Megabooks 💜💜💜 1mo
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KristiAhlers
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This was such a hard book for me to read. I recently lost my mom and there were several moments in this memoir that resonated with me such as the sale of her childhood home. The beginning after the ending of losing her mom. Highly recommend this read. So much heart #readingchallenge2022

goodbyefrancie This has been on my list for a while, but I may have to move it to the top of the TBR. 1mo
KristiAhlers @goodbyefrancie I totally would. She takes you through her whole journey and she talks about her culture and the food. Such a good book. 1mo
marleed I‘m so sorry about your mom and what you must move through. I just finished this too and loved it. I appreciated that she described so many emotions when moving through her moms final days. 1mo
KristiAhlers @marleed me too. It kinda helped me with my own journey. Knowing that the experience was similar as far as the range of emotions. Truly a healing kinda read. 1mo
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A couple chapters in and I googled the author to put a face to this memoir. Well… I‘m showing my age because I had no idea Michelle was a successful musician as well as a writer. I loved this book. Moving through grief through the food of your loved one gave me From Scratch vibes, which I also loved. And again my age - I can relate to her mom‘s 1990s Mary Englebriet collection ;)

ICantImReading I loved this and “From Scratch” too! 🥺 1mo
Cathythoughts Sounds good 👍🏻❤️ 1mo
marleed @ICantImReading @Cathythoughts Obviously the secret to my movement through grief should proceed by learning - finally - how to cook familial foods! 1mo
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Beautiful description of love for mother combined with great food writing. 3.5 🌟

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This book was quite different that I thought that it would be, in a good way. I love the way this author writes so vividly about her experiences and the food that she ties into her childhood memories.

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This is a book of grief , faith and finding herself. The author wrote her heart out on how she felt losing her mother, reconnecting with her father and finding herself again.

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This book broke me. 💔 It's so well done but so emotional. I loved the raw honesty with which Zauner writes of her relationship with her mother. The connection of food and culture with how Zauner relates to her mother, and ultimately her own identity, was one of my favorite components of this book.

I'm so glad I finally read this one. It's one of the best memoirs I've ever read.

Emilymdxn I just finished this and felt exactly the same! 2mo
jlhammar Agreed. So good. One of my top reads from last year. 2mo
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ICantImReading
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Reading this beautiful memoir on grief, culture, identity, and food is an experience to be deeply felt. I especially connected as a mother and daughter myself. It‘s simultaneously universal and intensely personal. I wasn‘t familiar with the author or her music before listening, but I found her voice haunting, lyrical, and mesmerizing. I know this will stick with me. 🎧

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While I appreciate books that look at illness and death head-on, I didn't connect with this memoir. The visceral, emotional connection to food, the growing up in a family that can afford international travel and a Bryn Mawr education on a single income, the love of big cities, the feigned befuddlement with religious rituals, the lack of concern about food poisoning...I just don't feel it.

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Emilymdxn
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The reviews said this would make me cry and it did. It was definitely a hard read so soon after losing my grandfather.

Michelle‘s writing style is so special, confessional and honest without being maudlin or melodramatic. I loved the way she wrote about food and Korean culture as a Korean American and I felt so immersed in all of it

melissanorr I've been trying to get my book club to read this but so far I haven't convinced them. 2mo
Addison_Reads I'm listening to audiobook right now and it's making me all emotional. 2mo
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Guess who just became a proud first time iPad owner! They always seemed far too expensive then I decided I should get one for when I start my masters course this year. It‘s almost solid reading stuff and the only social media I have in there is Litsy and goodreads in order to avoid distraction. I‘m loving it so much for reading and note taking! Because there‘s no tiktok, messaging or Instagram it means I don‘t feel anxious about screentime numbers

AmyG Enjoy it. I love my ipad to death. 2mo
Zuhkeeyah Highly recommend finding an affordable off brand Apple Pencil as well! Especially if you download notability or another note taking app for school. Totally worth it. 2mo
Bookpearl Enjoy! I‘m in love with my iPad!! Do you have paper like on it? 2mo
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Emilymdxn @Zuhkeeyah I just got one and notability too! Great minds. It‘s an absolute game changer for me because my disability can make writing and holding books really hard 🥰 2mo
Emilymdxn @Bookpearl I just ordered paper like! Should be arriving today! 2mo
Dragon I‘ve got an older model iPad - have used it happily for years- enjoy! 💚🐉 2mo
Simona Congratulations🍾🥂 I‘m lost without it 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2mo
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a memoir of Michelle‘s life and losing her mother to cancer, she dives into her complex relationship with her parents, growing up as a Korean American, and finding her identity. Michelle is a great writer and story teller, her memoir could read like a story, and her music is really good too.

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This one is tough for me to review. I don't normally read memoirs and while I did enjoy it I probably should have at least read a synopsis before diving in. I'm not in a place to be reading about a girl losing her mom. 3.5⭐️

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It feels wrong calling this book “good” because it‘s about the loss of the author‘s mother. It‘s very well done and reads more like a story rather than a memoir. Michelle paints a vivid picture of her mother, their relationship, and Michelle‘s emotions. Being a daughter of an immigrant, I can relate to Michelle‘s longing to be more in touch with her heritage and regret in not being fluent in her mother tongue. I highly recommend!

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Memoir about losing her mother to cancer, her upbringing with a Korean mom and a white American dad, and her transition into adulthood. I liked her honesty about her complicated relationship with her mother and descriptions of Korean food.

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we are all here for the same reason
We're all searching for a piece of home
or a piece of ourselves

Her last words were
“Where are we going?“

The eye of the storm
a calm witness to the wreckage
spinning out into its end

deep down she knew what was best
that the small criticisms weren't worth it anymore

When one person collapses
the other instinctively shoulders their weight

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Loved this memoir which explored some of the complexity of her relationship with her mother as well as her grief after her mother‘s death The link between mothering belonging g and food was beautifully explored as well as the search for identity when you are dual heritage

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“We‘re all searching for a piece of home, or a piece of ourselves.”

Cathythoughts We are ❤️ 3mo
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Mirazzles
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Wow. This one packs an emotional gut punch.
I usually don‘t enjoy audio books but the author read this one and it was incredible. If you like memoirs, I highly recommend it. As someone who lost a parent in my early twenties, I could relate to some of her experiences and quite appreciated her voice. There were so many times where I did have to pause and breathe.

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A beautiful, honest, & heartbreaking account of a not-quite-perfect relationship between a daughter & her now deceased mother constructed around their mutual love of food, specifically the Korean cuisine of the mother's homeland. A very humbling portrait of grief, sorrow, & survivor's guilt. Introspective & deeply personal. The writing was very raw & relatable. Well worth the read and best done via the audio, read by the author herself.

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First of 2021

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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#readingbracket @chasjjlee

Non-fiction best of January. The books that had me using many tissues.

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DHill
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Up next.

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karasu13
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I feel bad giving this just a so-so rating when this book is about a child losing their parent at a young age, truly the worst thing that can happen to someone. It‘s full of emotion, but I didn‘t feel any particular need to finish reading it. It‘s weird, but I felt hungry all the time when reading it (and it‘s a good thing I live in South Korea, so I can eat all the food Zauner lovingly describes).

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Current audiobook.

I miss my H Mart dearly since moving but this book is taking me back.

Graywacke I love H Mart! 3mo
SkeletonKey @Graywacke - I decided after I moved here that I would never move somewhere that didn‘t have one 😂 can‘t wait to move again. 3mo
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Grab some tissues for this book. I didn't know who Zauner was before reading this, happy to be introduced not only to her gorgeous writing but also to her music. She grew up about a half an hour from me (and few years apart) it is interesting to see how her and her mother navigated their Korean culture in small college town Oregon
Her description of food and family is outstanding and I would definitely pick up anything else she chooses to do

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I had 2 hrs left on this 🎧 📖 when Libby took it back in December. My hold finally came in again! It's a very touching memoir of how Michelle grapples with the death of her mother, and her journey to connect with her Korean heritage. The descriptions of food left me mouthwatering and wishing I still lived near an H Mart!

#pop22 #cutleryoncover
#pantone #ponciana (close enough)
#audiobook2022 narrated by author
#nonfiction2022 freespace

Cortg Clever cutlery! I hear great things about this book! 4mo
Clwojick I have this on my TBR! Glad to hear it was a good read. 4mo
Cinfhen Smarty pants 🥢 😘 (edited) 4mo
KarenUK I might have to steal this cutlery idea! 💕 4mo
mcctrish Damn Libby!!! 4mo
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The author writes about losing her mother to cancer and is brutally honest about their sometimes difficult relationship. She also writes eloquently about how their relationship with food brings them together.

It‘s not an easy read / listen, being about illness, death and grieving but I felt the positivity in the last few chapters and it‘s a beautiful book nonetheless.

TrishB I really ‘enjoyed‘ this one. 4mo
BarbaraBB This book seems unavoidable, everyone loves it! 4mo
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Gnora
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I am currently sitting on 32 unread Book of the Month Club books since I started in 2018. This is the year I set myself the wholly unrealistic reading goal of trying to read them all!

I am still a BOTM club member, and a BFF member, so I will be receiving another 14 books this year. I need to get the pile down before it gets out of control. Once again, I will be using the spinner app to help me choose my books.

#BOTM #challenge #backlist

LeslieO Good luck to you! I have 45 unread #BOTM. I need to prioritize these books, too! 4mo
Gnora @LeslieO how do they manage pile up?!? I swear I read so many of them!! 4mo
Reggie Wow!! Lol, good luck! 4mo
Traci1 Good luck! I'm trying to do the same thing. I haven't counted, but I think I've probably got around that many too. You've got some good ones to look forward to. Razorblade Tears especially. I loved that one so much. 4mo
rather_be_reading u can do it! 4mo
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I really loved this food focused memoir of a daughter remembering her mother.

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5/5 🌟

Beautiful & heart-breaking memoir about a daughter grieving & processing the loss of her mother through food. My own mother expresses her love through food, too, so this book really hit home.

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I absolutely loved this memoir. I told my husband that we now need to find somewhere to get Korean food so I can truly appreciate this. I also discovered some new music from the author.

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4LyzTG36MfPgKvUx2ZNeD9?si=W7yANzUuS_iaKkx_Ntgm...

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Wow! If you are on bookstagram, you know that this book was massively popular last year. You can't miss this book. It's on everyone's radar, for sure, and best books of 2021. I am not really into joining the bandwagon (still haven't read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, The Invisible Life of Addie La Rue, Midnight Library) unless I have some familiarity with the author, but man, what a journey reading this book! I cried 👇

thevagabondlawyer real tears and it is not helping that I have colds these days 😭 Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner is one of the saddest and yet profoundly moving books I have read. Michelle's pain is narrated raw, unadulterated and lacerating that really captures in making sense of what happened to her mom and her relationship with her mom. It is no spoiler that her mom died of an illness. That is given even on the first chapter. But what really strikes me 👇 4mo
thevagabondlawyer Is the honesty of her sharing the experience no matter how devastating and permanent the loss. This book is intimate and heartfelt for me because it talks about the subject I am most vulnerable and afraid of: the fear of losing my Mother. This book is an ode to all the mothers who sacrificed so much 👇 4mo
thevagabondlawyer to give us life, home, and love. If you're a fan of Korean foods (I am) you'll love this book because it has heaps of foodies you may already have enjoyed or want to try out someday. 😉👏 4mo
Leftcoastzen Lovely review! 4mo
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Nikki_E
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I am having a lazy day. Reading in bed with the toddler, a cat and a dog.

ozma.of.oz Sounds perfect! 4mo
readordierachel Enjoy! 4mo
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I can‘t even tell you how many times I cried reading this book. This book is beautiful and haunting and so full of love. Took until the last chapter of this book to realize the author is the lead singer of one of my favorite bands, so amazing!!

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So much simple truth, without being dressed up. The raw honesty without condescending reflection made this a powerful read. This winter has been a strange kick of books around grief, but with the stages of the world, maybe that‘s a trend more appropriate than ever.

#nonfiction #grief #memoir #zauner #crying #korea

allureofbeauty Such a good book. 4mo
MerlinTheSlightlyAwkward @allureofbeauty Soooo good. Have you looked in to any of her music at all? 4mo
allureofbeauty I actually haven‘t but I keep meaning to. Yea think she was actual going to come here or maybe had been here recently on tour too lol 4mo
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